The Resource I am a strange loop, Douglas Hofstadter

I am a strange loop, Douglas Hofstadter

Label
I am a strange loop
Title
I am a strange loop
Statement of responsibility
Douglas Hofstadter
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
Hofstadter's long-awaited return to the themes of Gödel, Escher, Bach--an original and controversial view of the nature of consciousness and identity. What do we mean when we say "I"? Can a self, a soul, a consciousness, an "I" arise out of mere matter? If it cannot, then how can you or I be here? This book argues that the key to understanding selves and consciousness is a special kind of abstract feedback loop inhabiting our brains. Deep down, a human brain is a chaotic 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 in your brain or mine is the one we both call "I." But how can such a mysterious abstraction be real--or is our "I" merely a convenient fiction?--From publisher description
Cataloging source
UKM
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1945-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Hofstadter, Douglas R.
Dewey number
153
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • plates
Index
index present
LC call number
  • BD438.5
  • B29
LC item number
  • .H64 2007
  • .H578 2007
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Self (Philosophy)
  • Consciousness
  • Intellect
  • Soul
  • Symbolen
  • Patronen (modellen)
  • Bewustzijn
  • Kognitiver Prozess
  • Künstliche Intelligenz
  • Metamathematik
  • Selbsterkenntnis
  • Selbstbezüglichkeit
Label
I am a strange loop, Douglas Hofstadter
Link
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [377]-382) and index
Contents
Preface: an author and his book -- An affable locking of horns -- On souls and their sizes -- This teetering bulb of dread and dream -- The causal potency of patterns -- Loops, goals, and loopholes -- On video feedback -- Of selves and symbols -- The epi phenomenon -- Embarking on a strange-loop safari -- Pattern and provability -- Gödel's quintessential strange loop -- How analogy makes meaning -- On downward causality -- The elusive apple of my "I" -- Strangeness in the "I" of the beholder -- Entwinement -- Grappling with the deepest mystery -- How we live in each other -- The blurry glow of human identity -- Consciousness = thinking -- A courteous crossing of words -- A brief brush with Cartesian egos -- A tango with zombies and dualism -- Killing a couple of sacred cows -- On magnanimity and friendship -- Epilogue: the quandary
Extent
1 online resource (xix, 412 pages, [4] pages of plates
Form of item
online
Other physical details
illustrations (some color))
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)1035615935
Label
I am a strange loop, Douglas Hofstadter
Link
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [377]-382) and index
Contents
Preface: an author and his book -- An affable locking of horns -- On souls and their sizes -- This teetering bulb of dread and dream -- The causal potency of patterns -- Loops, goals, and loopholes -- On video feedback -- Of selves and symbols -- The epi phenomenon -- Embarking on a strange-loop safari -- Pattern and provability -- Gödel's quintessential strange loop -- How analogy makes meaning -- On downward causality -- The elusive apple of my "I" -- Strangeness in the "I" of the beholder -- Entwinement -- Grappling with the deepest mystery -- How we live in each other -- The blurry glow of human identity -- Consciousness = thinking -- A courteous crossing of words -- A brief brush with Cartesian egos -- A tango with zombies and dualism -- Killing a couple of sacred cows -- On magnanimity and friendship -- Epilogue: the quandary
Extent
1 online resource (xix, 412 pages, [4] pages of plates
Form of item
online
Other physical details
illustrations (some color))
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)1035615935

Library Locations

  • Internet ArchiveBorrow it
    300 Funston Ave, San Francisco, CA, 94118, US
    37.7823215 -122.4716373

Library Links

Processing Feedback ...