Thursday, December 17, 2009

GEB 1: stumble trip

Douglas R. Hofstadter, now a professor of cognitive and computer science at Indiana University, wrote Goedel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid in the late seventies. Today, it is a Pulitzer Prize-Winning book and something of a cult classic. Reading it gains one admission to a worldwide fraternal order. I hadn't known that. What I did know was that it asks questions about the self, about what “I” means, and about the origin of meaning and thought—and that it suggests answers. “In a word,” write Douglas R. Hofstadter, “GEB [Goedel, Escher, Bach] is a very personal attempt to say how it is that animate beings can come out of inanimate matter.”

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