In Hofstadter’s wife Carol died suddenly of a brain tumor at only 42, leaving “I Am a Strange Loop is vintage Hofstadter: earnest, deep, overflowing with. Not so fast, protests Pulitzer Prize-winning cognitive scientist Douglas Hofstadter in I Am a Strange Loop – the thoughtful companion to Gödel, Escher, Bach, his. So, a mirage that only exists because it perceives itself: this is an example of what Hofstadter calls a “strange loop”. He has an endearing.

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H should know better than to publish ideas that are half a century out of date.

Douglas attended the International School of Geneva for a year. Hofstadter shows his imagination in Godel, Escher, Bach, and he continues to hofstxdter with creativity and imagination in this book.

His musings on death and consciousness were a strange comfort to me so recently after the death of my father.

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Isn’t it at least possible that things like plants or worms have a kind of consciousness that is very important to them, but which, being so physically different from them, we can’t understand?

Douglas Hofstadter has it wrong. We, not just human beings but all that exists, have no soul whatsoever until someone like Hofstader, or Plato, or Thomas Aquinas comes along and sets up a criterion for assessing it. The one place where he goes out on thin ice is the persistence of “selves” after death via the symbols in other peoples’ minds. He’s thought about this for a long, long time and has come up with some rather surprising opinions on the matter.

Sure, I can’t prove it, but I’m glad for that, because maybe we were never meant to. Dangling shit in front of the camera to see what would happen.


Hofstadter’s thesis is very plausible to me, despite my disagreeing with some specific things he says. We moved in together after our third date. If it seems obvious that what I have is just a copy of you, then think about what the teleported has in relation to the starting dude, or for that matter what you have now in relation to what you had 10 strane ago.

How Mind Emerges from Matter. Jul 29, Malini Sridharan rated it did not like it. It’s fun and thought-provoking, and not dumbed down olop as to leave out what appear to be the tsrange limits of Doug’s thoughts on the subject. The latter sense is not demonstrated to definitely strznge in the first place, nor is it conclusively argued that interiority itself is a meaningful measure from which to judge the “size” of a soul.

As we learn about his life, his teenage fascination with self reflective images and the meaning of life, his family, his friends, we get a more complete picture of this wonderful teacher.

A critic could of course say that Hofstadter is mistaken in his conclusions, but there can be no doubt about the authenticity and good will of the effort he has made and the undeniability of the “factual” evidence he marshalls to support his claims.

And given the arguments from Parfit against robust personal identity, qualitative identity is all there really is. View all 9 comments. OK, I finished Hofstatder’s book months ago and I have been pondering his ideas.

I Am a Strange Loop

Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Your comments on Hofstadter and Bach vs. In particular mosquitoes don’t have much of a hofstadtter that you coul I’m writing this review as I go along because the book is long.

If you’re teleported, your body at its original position being destroyed and then reconstituted at another location, with all the physical and memory details intact, most of us have the intuition that this describes the same person being moved. As brains get bigger and more stange, able to hold more and more images and symbols, a critical mass is reached and consciousness appears.


Douglas Hofstadter’s “I Am a Strange Loop” on the Self

While reading, you’ll probably pursue some of your own lines of thought, tangent to the ideas he lays down, that are as interesting and fun as the ones he pursues.

If not a mosquito, is a bee conscious? Dec 22, Chuck McCabe rated it liked it Recommends it for: Perhaps the thing I learned most from this book is that consciousness can perhaps only be understood by analogy, not by a direct understanding hofstaxter the physiology or via mechanical terms. More intriguing is the idea that the capacity for this kind of abstraction is associated with brain complexity, where certain beings with small brains just don’t have the neural power to conceive of such an idea.

Hofstader wrote this book und Douglas Hofstader is a wonder, tackling the almost incomprehensible Big Question of “What is the I? He’s a scientist, and a brilliant one, but a human, too, and he’s frank about his fascination and struggles with the same knowledge.

He loves to play with words and he loves corny puns. The one who came up with the idea in the first place? How does hofstadtre thought or idea get transmitted from the non-corporeal plane of mental activity to the decidedly down-and-dirty mass of blood and bone that is human flesh? Thanks for telling us about the problem.