'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
Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. Pages: 271. Chapters: The Selfish Gene, G del, Escher, Bach, Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus, Darwin's Dangerous Idea, Moral Politics, Conceptual metaphor, The Doors of Perception, The Sound Pattern of English, Enchiridion of Epictetus, An Enquiry concerning Human Understanding, Consciousness Explained, Le Ton beau de Marot, The Logic of Scientific Discovery, Metamagical Themas, Charles Sanders Peirce bibliography, Critique of Pure Reason, The Secret, The Republic, The God Delusion, Verbal Behavior, The Structure of Scientific Revolutions, A Treatise Concerning the Principles of Human Knowledge, Phaedrus, A Guide for the Perplexed, Gettier problem, Leviathan, Syntactic Structures, What Computers Can't Do, Up from Dragons, The Will to Believe, Bicameralism, The Examined Life, Being and Nothingness, Symposium, Implicate and explicate order according to David Bohm, Miscellaneous Works of Edward Gibbon, The World as Will and Representation, The Phenomenology of Spirit, On the Genealogy of Morality, The Grand Design, Novum Organum, A Treatise of Human Nature, Critique of Practical Reason, Groundwork of the Metaphysic of Morals, Viable System Model, Computing Machinery and Intelligence, The Missing Shade of Blue, The Message in the Bottle, Sense and reference, The Theory of Communicative Action, A Theory of Justice, Emile: or, On Education, Fluid Concepts and Creative Analogies, The Work of J.G.A. Pocock, The Grammar of Science, Bardo Thodol, De rerum natura, Two Dogmas of Empiricism, The Greatest Show on Earth: The Evidence for Evolution, Discourse on the Method, On Denoting, Enneads, Language of thought, Great chain of being, On the Fourfold Root of the Principle of Sufficient Reason, Naming and Necessity, Meditations, After Virtue, Monadology, Elbow Room, Sex, Ecology, Spirituality, Language, Truth, and Logic, Categories, The Poverty of His...
This is a guide, in theory and in practice, to how current technological changes have impacted our interaction with texts and with each other. Henry Sussman rereads pivotal moments in literary, philosophical and cultural modernity as anticipating the cybernetic discourse that has increasingly defined theory since the computer revolution. Cognitive science, psychoanalysis and systems theory are paralleled to current trends in literary and philosophical theory. Chapters alternate between theory and readings of literary texts, resulting in a broad but rigorously grounded framework for the relation between literature and computer science. This book is a refreshing perspective on the analog-orientated tradition of theory in the humanities – and offers the first literary-textual genealogy of the digital.
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.
The School of Journalism at Columbia University has awarded the Pulitzer Prize since 1917. Nowadays there are prizes in 21 categories from the fields of journalism, literature and music. The Pulitzer Prize Archive presentsthe history of this award from its beginnings to the present: In parts A toE the awarding oftheprize in each category is documented, commented and arranged chronologically. Part F covers the history of the prize biographically and bibliographically. Part G provides the background to thedecisions.
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
One of our greatest philosophers and scientists of the mind asks, where does the self come from--and how our selves can exist in the minds of others. Can thought arise out of matter? Can self, soul, consciousness, "I" arise out of mere matter? If it cannot, then how can you or I be here? I Am a Strange Loop argues that the key to understanding selves and consciousness is the "strange loop"-a special kind of abstract feedback loop inhabiting our brains. The most central and complex symbol in your brain is the one called "I." The "I" is the nexus in our brain, one of many symbols seeming to have free will and to have gained the paradoxical ability to push particles around, rather than the reverse. How can a mysterious abstraction be real-or is our "I" merely a convenient fiction? Does an "I" exert genuine power over the particles in our brain, or is it helplessly pushed around by the laws of physics? These are the mysteries tackled in I Am a Strange Loop, Douglas Hofstadter's first book-length journey into philosophy since Gödel, Escher, Bach. Compulsively readable and endlessly thought-provoking, this is a moving and profound inquiry into the nature of mind.
A collection of illusions by Sandro Del-Prete, each illustration is accompanied by a description.