Bach made an impromptu visit to King Frederick the Great of Prussia, and was . Gödel, Escher, and Bach are deeply intertwined in this very short Dialogue. What are some of the most riveting concepts featured in Gödel, Escher, Bach? Why isn’t the Douglas Hofstadter book Gödel, Escher, Bach available as an. Douglas Hofstadter, the Pulitzer Prize–winning author of Gödel, Escher, Bach, thinks we’ve lost sight of what artificial intelligence really means.

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This book is a must read or at least must dougllas skim for anyone interested in intelligence. These narratives frequently dip into self-reference and metafiction.

Hopefully, by the time we touched each part, we have a good idea of what the book is about. Is it about minds and machines?

But if you really like math, then you’ve almost certainly already read it. At that point, I just gave up. Form and content have always mutually determined each other in any fiction worth reading.

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Hofstadter is the son of Nobel Prize-winning physicist Robert Hofstadter. How many of those integer guys are running around again? From our experiences, we all have lower level explicit isomorphisms from which we deduce new patterns. This is because the human brain comes with the ability to recognize when there is a message. Hofstadter is not afraid to get into the weeds — very, very deep into the weeds. And then long strands of proofs in, yes you guessed it, mathematical formulas and the like as the bulk of the work.

Escher creates visual presentations of this loopiness in his Waterfall and Drawing Hands. It sounds about as possible as eating your own head, but it really works The tagline “a metaphorical fugue on minds and machines in the spirit of Lewis Carroll ” was used by the publisher to describe the book.


It looks initially like a scarily difficult read.

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For the latter, just do what you were going to do anyway and look it up on Wikipedia. Book ratings by Goodreads. The above is just a small and extremely partial subset of the many points raised by the author in several areas; there are even deep insights by the author in relation to all sort of related issues, such as a holistic versus a reductionist approach to the study of reality, free will in humans, the theory of meaning, etc.

Jul 02, GoldGato rated it liked it Shelves: Basilica of Constantine Nocturnal Rome: Could a neurosurgeon reach in and perform some delicate operation to lower your gullibility, otherwise leaving you alone? This was illustrated visually with M. Hofstadter further creates BlooP and FlooPtwo simple programming languagesto illustrate his point. Hofstadter Douglas Hofstadter is professor of computer science and cognitive science at Indiana University.

There seems to be a fair share of confusion regarding this question. Bach” just as the first acrostic claims. Is it hard going?

Though the final chapters are perhaps the most rich in terms of speculative ideas, the unifying thesis is ultimately a little weak; a little loosely defined. This is how Hofstadter apparently intended to structure his work: After an entire tome about the workings of the mind and what it means to be intelligent, you’d think the author would be more self-aware by the end of the book than to say, “indirect self-reference is my favorite topic”. GEB uses art and music, in combination with math and computing, to illustrate these self-referential loops.

Nov 25, WarpDrive rated it it was amazing Shelves: Before too many chapters have passed though you’ll be firmly in number theory land, albeit doled out as painlessly as is possible with such stuff, leavened with imagined philosophical debates between ancient Greeks and other proxies. And truthfully there were portions that would have hurt for either version of myself I’m looking right at you, “Ant Fugue”. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. The second one is information theory — another significant gap, considering that some results in information theory are perfectly applicable to more than a few of the author’s items of analysis, starting from the information processing in the brain which is nothing more than a sophisticated information processing biological machine, after allall the way down to the information processing in molecular biology and genetics as enabled by the genetic code.


Bank’s Culture novel, by the way. Check out the top books of the year on our page Best Books of The whole thing is a massive and I do mean that literally waste of time, though since it does have a knack for making dumb people feel smart, it will undoubtedly appeal to the xkcd crowd. 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. Brian I think it’s fun.

When you look at this, do you see a puzzling world that does not follow the physical laws? Hofstadter says that Godel said something like that. This is only a partial view, in my opinion, and this view should also be heavily qualified: On the positive side, the author correctly highlights the critical importance of the fundamental result that there exist recursively enumerable sets which are not recursive in fact this is, in abstract computational theory terms, the very essence of the first Godel’s incompleteness theorem!