I Am a Strange Loop by Douglas R. Hofstadter

By Douglas R. Hofstadter

Can suggestion come up out of topic? Can self, soul, awareness, “I” come up out of mere subject? If it can't, then how are you going to or I be here?

I Am a wierd Loop argues that the foremost to knowing selves and realization is the “strange loop”—a particular type of summary suggestions loop inhabiting our brains. the main primary and intricate image on your mind is the single referred to as “I.” The “I” is the nexus in our mind, one of the symbols seeming to have loose will and to have received the paradoxical skill to push debris round, instead of the reverse.

How can a mysterious abstraction be real—or is our “I” purely a handy fiction? Does an “I” exert actual strength over the debris in our mind, or is it helplessly driven round by way of the legislation of physics?

These are the mysteries tackled in I Am an odd Loop, Douglas Hofstadter's first book-length trip into philosophy when you consider that Gödel, Escher, Bach. Compulsively readable and perpetually thought-provoking, this can be a relocating and profound inquiry into the character of mind.

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One of them, oddly enough, seems to have white gloves on its two front trotters, and he is reminded of the glove-clad young woman who had just preceded him from the waiting room into the tour area. And with that curious final thought, Lexington woozily slips out of this, “the best of all possible worlds”, into the next. The closing scene of “Pig” reverberated in my head for a long time. In my mind, I kept on flipping back and forth between being an upside-down oinking pig on a hook and being Lexington, spilling into the cauldron… Revulsion, Revelation, Revolution A month or two after reading this haunting story, I accompanied my parents and my sister Laura to the city of Cagliari, at the southern end of the rugged island of Sardinia, where my father was participating in a physics conference.

To be sure, I have published some “real” papers, but mostly I have concentrated on expressing myself through books, and these books have always been written with an eye to maximal clarity. Clarity, simplicity, and concreteness have coalesced into a kind of religion for me — a set of never-forgotten guiding principles. Fortunately, a large number of thoughtful people appreciate analogies, metaphors, and examples, as well as a relative lack of jargon, and last but not least, accounts from a first-person stance.

Clarity, simplicity, and concreteness have coalesced into a kind of religion for me — a set of never-forgotten guiding principles. Fortunately, a large number of thoughtful people appreciate analogies, metaphors, and examples, as well as a relative lack of jargon, and last but not least, accounts from a first-person stance. In any case, it is for people who appreciate that way of writing that this book, like all my others, has been written. I believe that this group includes not only outsiders and amateurs, but also many professional philosophers of mind.

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