'What is a self and how can a self come out of inanimate matter?' This is the riddle that drove Douglas Hofstadter to write this extraordinary book. In order to impart his original and personal view on the core mystery of human existence - our intangible sensation of 'I'-ness - Hofstadter defines the playful yet seemingly paradoxical notion of 'strange loop', and explicates this idea using analogies from many disciplines.
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A young scientist and mathematician explores the mystery and complexity of human thought processes from an interdisciplinary point of view
Can a novel follow the form of a symphony and still succeed as a novel? Can musical counterpoint be mimicked by words on a page? Alan Shockley begins looking for answers by examining music's appeal for novelists and exploring two brief works, a prose fugue by Douglas Hofstadter, and a short story by Anthony Burgess modeled after a Mozart symphony. Analyses of three large, emblematic attempts at musical writing follow along with discussions on two recent brief novels. From the perspective of a composer, Shockley offers the reader fresh tools for approaching these dense and often daunting texts.
Nothing like wordplay can make difference between languages look so uncompromising, can give such a sharp edge to the dilemma between forms and effects, can so blur the line between translation and adaptation, or can cast such harsh light on our illusion of complete semantic stability. In the pun the whole language system may resonate, and so may literary traditions and ideological discourses. It follows that the pun does not only put translators to the test, it also poses a challenge to the views and concepts of those who study translation. This book brings together experts on translation and the pun, as well as researchers representing a variety of other relevant disciplines and schools of thought, ranging from theology to deconstruction and from contrastive linguistics to feminism. It can be read as a companion volume to Wordplay and Translation, a special issue of The Translator (Volume 2, Number 2, 1996), also edited by Dirk Delabastita
Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. Pages: 32. Chapters: Godel, Escher, Bach, Guns, Germs, and Steel, The Ants, The Beak of the Finch, The Story of Civilization, The Guns of August, The Armies of the Night, The Soul of a New Machine, The Dragons of Eden, The Prize: The Epic Quest for Oil, Money, and Power, The Looming Tower, Carry Me Home: Birmingham, Alabama, the Climactic Battle of the Civil Rights Revolution, The Denial of Death, Embracing Defeat, A Bright Shining Lie, A Problem from Hell, The Good War, Common Ground, Wandering Through Winter, Stilwell and the American Experience in China, 1911-45, The Making of the Atomic Bomb, Annals of the Former World, Ghost Wars, Fire in the Lake, Pilgrim at Tinker Creek, Gulag: A History, The Rising Sun, Lincoln at Gettysburg: The Words That Remade America, Fin-de-Siecle Vienna, The Years of Extermination: Nazi Germany and the Jews, 1939-1945, Lenin's Tomb: The Last Days of the Soviet Empire, Children of Crisis, The Social Transformation of American Medicine, On Human Nature, The Problem of Slavery in Western Culture, The Haunted Land: Facing Europe's Ghosts After Communism, O Strange New World, Gandhi's Truth: On the Origins of Militant Nonviolence, Why Survive? Being Old in America, Slavery by Another Name, Anti-intellectualism in American Life, Arab and Jew: Wounded Spirits in a Promised Land, Ashes to Ashes: America's Hundred-Year Cigarette War, the Public Health, and the Unabashed Triumph of Philip Morris, The Dead Hand, Is There No Place on Earth for Me?, Move Your Shadow, Hirohito and the Making of Modern Japan, So Human an Animal, Beautiful Swimmers, Imperial Reckoning, And Their Children After Them. Excerpt: Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies is a 1997 book by Jared Diamond, professor of geography and physiology at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). In 1998 it won a Pulitzer Prize and...
In this major study of a flexible and multifaceted mode of expression, Linda Hutcheon looks at works of modern literature, visual art, music, film, theater, and architecture to arrive at a comprehensive assessment of what parody is and what it does.Hutcheon identifies parody as one of the major forms of modern self-reflexivity, one that marks the intersection of invention and critique and offers an important mode of coming to terms with the texts and discourses of the past. Looking at works as diverse as Tom Stoppard's Rosenkrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, Brian de Palma's Dressed to Kill, Woody Allen's Zelig, Karlheinz Stockhausen's Hymnen, James Joyce's Ulysses, and Magritte's This Is Not a Pipe, Hutcheon discusses the remarkable range of intent in modern parody while distinguishing it from pastiche, burlesque, travesty, and satire. She shows how parody, through ironic playing with multiple conventions, combines creative expression with critical commentary. Its productive-creative approach to tradition results in a modern recoding that establishes difference at the heart of similarity.In a new introduction, Hutcheon discusses why parody continues to fascinate her and why it is commonly viewed as suspect--for being either too ideologically shifty or too much of a threat to the ownership of intellectual and creative property.
A revolutionary, introductory text for courses on modern logic. While the basic rudiments of formal and informal logical are all clearly described here, it also focuses students on the real world, where the discipline of logic adds substance and meaning to all kinds of human discourse. Everything from puzzles, paradoxes, and mathematical proofs, to campaign debate excerpts, government regulations, and cartoons are used to show how logic is put to work by philosophers, mathematicians, advertisers, computer scientists, politicians, and others. As the book alternately discusses, instructs, questions, teases, and challenges, readers will find themselves absorbing the fundamentals of the discipline, becoming fluent in the language of logic, understanding how logic works in the real world, and enjoying logic's ability to entertain, surprise, subvert, and enlighten.
Looking at issues of globalization, science, politics, gender, etc. this book advocates a new agenda not only for communication research, but also for the writing that comes out of it.