I Am a Strange Loop [Douglas R. Hofstadter] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. One of our greatest philosophers and scientists of the mind. Editorial Reviews. Review. Amazon Best Books of the Month, March : I Am a Strange Loop eBook: Douglas R. Hofstadter: Kindle Store. Scott O’Reilly loops the loop with Douglas Hofstadter.

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Where is the something-it-is-like to be me? If that friend happens to be Douglas Hofstadter, it’s probably worth your while to stick around for a while, have another hit, and ooop in the comfy chair.

I wouldn’t touch it, whether it thinks about itself or not. So why wouldn’t you?! For example, one might say that writing an original philosophical article is a lot like trying to cut a trail through the jungle: Pulitzer-Prize winner Douglas Hofstadter takes on some weighty and wonderful questions in I Am a Strange Loop –among them, the “size” of a soul and the vagaries of thought–and proposes persuasive answers that surprised me both with their simplicity and their sense of optimism: And somewhat like Gilbert Ryle and the other black-box philosophers who believe that mental states are unimportant phenomena, and all that matters is physical behavior, Hofstadter concludes that there is no I there at all.

The individual leopard belongs to the genus felinepart of the category mammalwhich falls under the heading life-formwhich is itself subsumed in the more encompassing class of being.

If you like books and love to build cool products, we may be looking for you. 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.

I believe he would say that the Self-symbol is a loop, and the loop is a symbol that is continually reevaluating itself and making slight adjustments to itself. Svakako da se sve to odvija u mozgu; neuroni i sve oko njih su i dalje glavni.


I Am a Strange Loop

May 13, Craig rated it did not like it. Certainly there is a world of difference between the Old Master himself and a folio of his sheet music lying waiting to be played.

Which is more real? The thing measured has no moral content at all – not people, not events, not inanimate objects. This one had dozens.

My sorry little review gives no idea of the depth or richness of this book. This book is the painful rantings of a man suffering a great loss. He was initially appointed to the Indiana University’s Computer Science Department faculty inand at that time he launched his research program in computer modeling of mental processes which at that time he called “artificial intelligence research”, a label that he has since dropped in favor of “cognitive science research”.

If it can, then how can we understand this baffling emergence? I wanted to say that in the end, Hofstadter makes his position on several existential questions clear. I’m not sure off the top of my head to do it but Hofstadter has had since some time in the s to think of a way Other more recent models are Phaeaco implemented by Harry Foundalis and SeqSee Abhijit Mahabalwhich model high-level perception and analogy-making in the microdomains of Bongard problems and number sequences, respectively.

There is no free-will because all your brain is doing is weighing pros and cons of various choices and whichever internal symbol gets the most checkmarks wins. Ignore how long it took me to read the book. DH makes as persuasive a case for a non-dualistic theory of mind, and provides as convincing an account albeit, a substantially metaphorical one of what minds do, how selves form, and what it means to perceive as any I have come across.

The self-reference was a tool, not really the end in itself. The details of how to accomplish this are difficult, but the idea is easy. I can also give him credit for having made a case that is certainly unpopular outside of academic circles in these days of established religion and political evangelicalism, and having made it in a way that rises above ad hominem criticism.


You get a level-crossing feedback loop whose apparent solidity dominates the reality of everything else in the world SL,my emphasis in bold. The choice of which metric to employ determines not how much of something is contained in an object but where that object sits in relation to other objects on the metric.

One can hpfstadter “I’m resting on the right side of my demarcation line” when one goes vegetarian, but one can only believe it through willful ignorance.

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It seems despite all my own follies, most people I know respect me way more highly than I think I deserve this is just a fact, not a boast. It’s highly repetitive and speculative; its digressions can annoy; it’s cutesy typical DH in a way that can grate after a while; and it takes repeated pot shots at a towering intellect — Bertrand Russell — on whose shoulders the author un sufficiently self-acknowledgedly stands.

As an exploration of the sense of “I”, Hofstadter explores his own life, and those to whom he has been close. As a result, the fundamental question that Strange Loop was meant to answer is posed anew: Hofstadter has an interesting description and point of view about this area.

Dangling shit in front of the camera to see what would happen.

Thanks for telling us about the problem. The most central and complex symbol in your brain is the one called “I.