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“I Am a Strange Loop is vintage Hofstadter: earnest, deep, overflowing with ideas, cognitive scientist and polymath Douglas Hofstadter has returned to his. Scott O’Reilly loops the loop with Douglas Hofstadter. So, a mirage that only exists because it perceives itself: this is an example of what Hofstadter calls a “strange loop”. He has an endearing.

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Logically, there is no real answer to this contention, but pragmatist G.

I Am a Strange Loop

Doug has no patience with this kind of hypothetical; it would leave room for a parallel world David Chalmers, arguing for the irreducibility of consciousness while still, himself, not being conscious as all.

I know I do. The claim that it represents the model for the self is nothing but a claim unbacked by scientific evidence. The brain is such a system, but it has so many properties so utterly divergent from formal systems that the analogy is not very instructive.

Sep 18, to’c rated it liked it Recommends it for: Because consciousness forms the substance of identity and consciousness is basically a process of accumulating and recalling patterns, these patterns have no essential connection to the “wet-ware” of the brain.

Which is more real? However, what if the original weren’t destroyed, and so we end up with two people, with all the same physical and mental characteristics. The sole root of all these strange phenomena is perception, bringing symbols and meanings into physical systems.


The epilogue seems to be about the same as the first few chapters. It seems like it might be scientifically testable, too.

One could make the argument that I’m not qualified to complain about the reasoning going in this book. Open Preview See a Problem? View all 5 comments.

If that friend happens to be Douglas Hofstadter, it’s probably worth your while to stick around for a wh I got about three-quarters of the way through and by then it seemed like Hofstadter had completely lost the plot. Yet who — or what — is doing this storytelling?

Your comments on Hofstadter and Bach vs. And what is sleep about anyway?

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He is not a dualist; consciousness arises from physical laws and not from a kind doiglas essence.

Though the line is kind of arbitrary, it must exist for each person. In no way is he claiming that mental states are irrelevant. Hofstader stramge this book und Douglas Hofstader is a wonder, tackling the almost incomprehensible Aa Question of “What is the I?

It ought to be a good ride. Although there are myriad good reasons to be vegetarian or vegan, such as environmental and health concerns, the more enlightened position is to recognize that in order for one being to live, others must be constantly dying.


So why d Twenty-eight years ago, Douglas Hofstadter published a book titled “Goedel, Escher, Bach” that earned him instant academic renown and a cultlike following. Even the title reflects this. His conclusions are irrelevant because they operate within a field of study separate from the one in question. It amounts to listening to some friend who got stoned and had an amazing idea.

He continued his education and received his Ph. In both universes Dave talks about his possession of consciousness but in universe Z he is lying without knowing it, sound familiar?

I Am a Strange Loop by Douglas R. Hofstadter

Thus the patterns that represent my love for 19th century novels can easily to replicated in another’s brain–my wife’s for instance–which results in a part of identity having a kind of weak, second doutlas existence in my wife’s brain. I can see it, and believe it. Hofstadter’s first book-length journey into philosophy since Godel, Escher, Bach.