9780465030798

I Am A Strange Loop

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  • ISBN13:

    9780465030798

  • ISBN10:

    0465030793

  • Edition: Reprint
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 7/7/2008
  • Publisher: Perseus Books Group
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Summary

Deep down, your brain is a chaotic seething soup of particles. On a higher level it is a jungle of neurons, and on a yet higher level it is a network of abstractions that we call "symbols." The most central and complex symbol is the one you call "I". An "I" is a strange loop where the brain's symbolic and physical levels feed back into each other and flip causality upside down so that symbols seem to have gained the paradoxical ability to push particles around, rather than the reverse.

Author Biography

Douglas R. Hofstadter is College Professor of Cognitive Science and Computer Science at Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana. His previous books are the Pulitzer Prizewinning Gödel, Escher, Bach; Metamagical Themas, The Mind’s I, Fluid Concepts and Creative Analogies, Le Ton Beau de Marot, and Eugene Onegin.

Table of Contents

Words of Thanksp. ix
Preface: An Author and His Bookp. xi
Prologue: An Affable Locking of Hornsp. 3
On Souls and Their Sizesp. 9
This Teetering Bulb of Dread and Dreamp. 25
The Causal Potency of Patternsp. 37
Loops, Goals, and Loopholesp. 51
On Video Feedbackp. 65
Of Selves and Symbolsp. 73
The Epi Phenomenonp. 87
Embarking on a Strange-Loop Safarip. 101
Pattern and Provabilityp. 113
Godel's Quintessential Strange Loopp. 125
How Analogy Makes Meaningp. 147
On Downward Causalityp. 163
The Elusive Apple of My "I"p. 177
Strangeness in the "I" of the Beholderp. 193
Entwinementp. 207
Grappling with the Deepest Mysteryp. 227
How We Live in Each Otherp. 241
The Blurry Glow of Human Identityp. 259
Consciousness = Thinkingp. 275
A Courteous Crossing of Wordsp. 281
A Brief Brush with Cartesian Egosp. 301
A Tango with Zombies and Dualismp. 319
Killing a Couple of Sacred Cowsp. 333
On Magnanimity and Friendshipp. 343
Epilogue: The Quandaryp. 357
Notesp. 365
Bibliographyp. 377
Permissions and Acknowledgmentsp. 383
Indexp. 385
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