Godel, Escher, Bach
Douglas 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 and Bach is a wonderful exploration of fascinating ideas at the heart of cognitive science: meaning, reduction, recursion, and much more.
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This book well deserved the 1980 Pulitzer Prize it won. I obtained in the early 80s and read and reread it over many months and years. It is a very demanding book not light reading yet well worth it ... Read full review
Figure and Ground
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