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Author Hofstadter, Douglas R., 1945-
Title I am a strange loop [ebook] / Douglas Hofstadter
Publisher New York : Basic Books, 2008, c2007
Descript 1 online resource (xix, 412 p.) : ill. (some col.)
Note Originally published: 2007
Bibliog. Includes bibliographical references and index
Contents Preface: an author and his book -- An affable locking of horns -- On souls and their sizes -- This teetering bulb of dread and dream -- The causal potency of patterns -- Loops, goals, and loopholes -- On video feedback -- Of selves and symbols -- The epi phenomenon -- Embarking on a strange-loop safari -- Pattern and provability -- Gḏel's quintessential strange loop -- How analogy makes meaning -- On downward causality -- The elusive apple of my "I" -- Strangeness in the "I" of the beholder -- Entwinement -- Grappling with the deepest mystery -- How we live in each other -- The blurry glow of human identity -- Consciousness = thinking -- A courteous crossing of words -- A brief brush with Cartesian egos -- A tango with zombies and dualism -- Killing a couple of sacred cows -- On magnanimity and friendship -- Epilogue: the quandary
Summary Argues that the key to understanding ourselves and consciousness is the "strange loop," a special kind of abstract feedback loop that inhabits the brain
Awards L.A. Times Book Prize, Winner, Science/Technology, 2007
Subject Self (Philosophy)
Consciousness
Identity (Psychology)
Intellect
Soul
Bewusstsein.
Kognitiver Prozess.
Seele.
Selbstbezüglichkeit.
Genre Los Angeles Times Book Prize Winners.
Electronic books
Subject Downloadable file
Alt Author OverDrive, Inc
ISBN 9780465008377 (electronic bk.)
0465008372 (electronic bk.)

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