Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your email address or mobile phone number.
Amazon Best Books of the Month, March 2007: Pulitzer-Prize winner Douglas Hofstadter takes on some weighty and wonderful questions in I Am a Strange Loop--among them, the "size" of a soul and the vagaries of thought--and proposes persuasive answers that surprised me both with their simplicity and their sense of optimism: a rare combination to be found in a book that tackles the mysteries of the brain. This long-awaited book is a must-have for avid science readers and navel-gazers. --Anne Bartholomew
Starred Review. Hofstadter—who won a Pulitzer for his 1979 book, Gödel, Escher, Bach—blends a surprising array of disciplines and styles in his continuing rumination on the nature of consciousness. Eschewing the study of biological processes as inadequate to the task, he argues that the phenomenon of self-awareness is best explained by an abstract model based on symbols and self-referential "loops," which, as they accumulate experiences, create high-level consciousness. Theories aside, it's impossible not to experience this book as a tender, remarkably personal and poignant effort to understand the death of his wife from cancer in 1993—and to grasp how consciousness mediates our otherwise ineffable relationships. In the end, Hofstadter's view is deeply philosophical rather than scientific. It's hopeful and romantic as well, as his model allows one consciousness to create and maintain within itself true representations of the essence of another. The book is all Hofstadter—part theory, some of it difficult; part affecting memoir; part inventive thought experiment—presented for the most part with an incorrigible playfulness. And whatever readers' reaction to the underlying arguments for this unique view of consciousness, they will find the model provocative and heroically humane. (Mar.)
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Funny, readable and containing deep truths about how "the self" is constructed and maintained.Published 3 months ago by Kevin Brady
As far as I am concerned, this book is an extraordinary continuation of GEB. After decades, Hofstadter have thought deeper in his field.Published 3 months ago by Qingchi
Thoroughly entertaining popular read for the serious lay reader interested in just how we (I) are constructed and function as living beings - from simplest creatures to our own... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Lloyd Klinedinst
Here's a true statement that isn't self-referential: Cognitive science is not science. The latter makes well founded strides, however small, in the direction of increasing our... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Drastic
Hofstadter is brilliant...I like his easy way of explaining complex ideas! The many ways he describes feedback loops to end at the marvel of human consciousness is way cool!!!Published 5 months ago by Roland Delao
Easy to read. Nice motivation/illustration for the incompleteness theorem.Published 5 months ago by Paul Vos
I'm not the brightest bulb in the apple tree but this made my head both spin and stand still at the same time.Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer