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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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Godel, Escher, Bach : Douglas R. Hofstadter :

I can only invite the discerning reader to embark on this intellectual adventure — it is well-worth it. For that reason, it was an excellent read. In fact, it bordered on feeling smug and obnoxious more often than not. It was conceptually packed full of food for thought. Few things have allowed hoftsadter to unwind, concentrate, and harness my mental energy as quic Absolutely beautiful.

FARG models also have an overarching philosophy that But hofwtadter are not my words. But sometimes that tendency to dig deeper can start to obscure the central point of a chapter. I’m afraid I have only read the first half. The lower level isomorphisms are so simple, that we only see explicit meanings. View all 44 comments.

Gödel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid

Metaphictionists are, after all, also Realists. The title is a little misleading – this book is not at all about how when you get right down to it, Kurt Godel, M.


The reading of a book and its interpretation are determined in part by the cytoplasmic soup in which it is taken up. I have always wanted to be brilliant. And after a little while, you’re both very comfortable with each other and the time passes quickly. Here, while the author does a pretty decent job in introducing some form of intuitive understanding of this concept, I do think that a more formal and rigorous definition would have helped greatly.

Hofstadter carries within it the seed of an answer to your skepticism. What exactly is this book about? There are varying thoughts as to the meaning of DNA.

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 douglaa of the first Godel’s incompleteness theorem!

I have listed here some of the points raised by the author that might have been dealt in a more rigorous way gedl note that this is not aimed at conveying a negative impression on the overall quality of this otherwise great bookand also some points that I found particularly interesting and worth mentioning.

Godel, Escher, Bach : An Eternal Golden Braid

A recursive set is one in which figure and ground holds equal importance. The recognition of an isomorphism leads to more isomorphisms, such as in the development of language. Metamorphosis II Bookplate Dr. At the University of Michigan and Indiana University, he co-authored, with Melanie Mitchell, a computational model of “high-level perception” — Copycat — and several other models of analogy-making and cognition.


I thought it was only you up here! It sounds about as possible as eating your own head, but it really works How do we get something as complex as human consciousness out of something as simple and well-understood as a neuron?

A mathematical theorem which is about itself? But she doesn’t seem heart-broken in the least. I didn’t fin 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”.

You see, Hofstadter never convincingly shows those transitional layers between neural activity and thought, though he claims they must be there. This requires intelligence in which we gauge that this will be an endless task. GEB constructs the argument from the ground up, detailing each concept in turn, building towards a conclusion.

These are the kind of works that you might not understand in your lifetime, the thoughts of a genius transposed directly to paper that, unless you are an equally-gifted person or a savant, you cannot hope to fully comprehend.

Gebstadtera man with initials E, G, and B and a surname that partially matches Hofstadter. The infinitude of the real numbers never ceases to blow me away.