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| 08-03-2009 14:28I am a Strange Loop

Douglas R. Hofstadter (2007)
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Douglas Hofstadter himself says that what is told in I am a Strange Loop is the same as what is told in Gödel, Esscher, Bach, but he hopes that it is told in such a way that it will not be misunderstood as Gödel, Esscher, Bach apparently was. There are indeed no new insights in this book, but there are a lot of new, allegoric ways of explaining them. The story-telling approach is very accessible, but  - to my taste - it also is too personal on many occassions. This is especially so in Hofstadter's account of how part of his wife's strange loop lives on in the imperfect copies others have internalized and in his rebuttal of John Searle's theories, which comes across as a personal vendetta.

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