Gödel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden BraidDouglas Hofstadter's book is concerned directly with the nature of "maps' or links between formal systems. However, according to Hofstadter, the formal system that underlies all mental activity transcends the system that supports it. If life can grow out of the formal chemical substrate of the cell, if consciousness can emerge out of a formal system of firing neurons, then so too will computers attain human intelligence. Gödel, Escher, Bach is a wonderful exploration of fascinating ideas at the heart of cognitive science: meaning, reduction, recursion, and much more. 
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User Review  Goodreadsthis book was full of wordplay, sentence play, chapter play and whimsy. a whimsical book that introduces you to number theory, formal systems, and the mechanics of DNA. i really enjoyed the author's ... Read full review
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The MUpuzzle  33 
Figure and Ground  64 
Cretan Labyrinth  119 
Copyright  
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