Gödel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid

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Vintage Books, 1979 - Artificial intelligence. - 800 pages
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Douglas Hofstadter's book is concerned directly with the nature of "maps' or links between formal systems. However, according to Hofstadter, the formal system that underlies all mental activity transcends the system that supports it. If life can grow out of the formal chemical substrate of the cell, if consciousness can emerge out of a formal system of firing neurons, then so too will computers attain human intelligence. Gödel, Escher, Bach is a wonderful exploration of fascinating ideas at the heart of cognitive science: meaning, reduction, recursion, and much more.

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Expand your mind! Not for the faint of heart & yet by no means dry. Hofstadter makes some fascinating observations about emergent properties (such as intelligence) and diverts us into the extremely ... Read full review

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This book is a massive undertaking, and not advised for the faint of heart. I tried to read the book as a student in high school, and failed. The problem is a combination of the content, style, and ... Read full review

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Figure and Ground
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Cretan Labyrinth
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About the author (1979)

Douglas R. Hofstadter is College of Arts and Sciences Professor of computer science and cognitive science at Indiana University and author of the Pulitzer-prize winning "G?del, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid".

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