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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It is said to be self-evident. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want doublas read. Hofstadter says that Godel said something like that.

For example, his discussion of the language processing functions of the brain is interesting, but did he really have to bring up the fact that he’s fluent in Russian and translated Eugene Onegin? Recursion is the process of building up from a block of structure.

The sense that the author was a little too satisfied with all his tricks and puns and overly witty structuring was often irritating. I’m just kidding myself. How much fictional ink has been spent following Freud or feuding with Freud? Complete list — — — This is just one case portraying the difficulty inherent in trying to define and understand intelligence and the connection between brain hardware and mind-thought.

I strongly recommend this book to a very narrow set of people. This book told me something about intelligence – the smartest thing to do is to avoid this book’s overly lengthy babblings of a self-important graduate student who is way too impressed with himself. Every page creates another link, another loop, another facet for contemplation. GEB reads like a collection of sparks, produced when the mind is working at its primed, relaxed, hyper-aware and associative best.


Gödel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid by Douglas R. Hofstadter

Hofstadter gives an example of translation trouble in the paragraph “Mr. The truth of nofstadter is …more An axiom is something that is just assumed to be true. It depends on how you consume heavily abstract writing. Children increase their word count by identifying matches to words they already know. The Atlantic Media Company.

There are varying thoughts as to the meaning of DNA. You do have a way with words, Rabbit! Thus, it is impossible to know all there is to know about ourselves.

View all 15 comments. There are some works, such as Giorgio De Santilliana’s Hamlet’s Mill or Daniel Schacter’s Searching for Memory that are so vast and all-encompassing that it is difficult to pin down one central thesis.

Mar 17, Koen Crolla rated it it was ok Shelves: Both are worth reading, if dense as all hell, and both gave me some really delightful epiphanies. I bzch it and found it very fun and informative, overall. If you are slapping your knee right now, then you might like this book. I will say eschr I can’t comment on how much of math I actually understood.


Gödel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid

Please don’t tell me I have read a book on string theory, I’m trying to forget the bacch sordid story. Somehow, in some difficult-to-pin-down sense, the parameters slipped in this sentence do not violate our sense of ‘possibility’ as much as in the earlier examples.

Is meaning implicit in the message, or does meaning come about via interaction? If, during the course of slapping said knee, all the pens fell out of your pocket protector and landed scattered across the piece of paper you were using to make Venn diagrams to help you decide what to have for breakfast, that, of course, is even better. Just think of the all the real numbers contained between 0 and 1, for instance: Hofstadter is not afraid to get into the weeds — very, very deep into the weeds.

I can only invite the discerning reader to embark on this intellectual adventure — it is well-worth it. A crab canon, as our musi The reading of a book and its interpretation are determined in part by the cytoplasmic soup in which it is taken up. The most complex example of recursion is in the genetic mechanism of DNA, in which the DNA molecules are formed from the smaller building blocks.