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Editors Hofstadter and Dennett--leading lights in the study of cognitive science, artificial intelligence, and the philosophy of mind--follow each selection with a short reflection designed to elaborate on their main themes. The Mind's I admirably broadens their fields to a more general audience. The book's essays are grouped into six categories, each successively raising the philosophical stakes by introducing new levels of complexity. Ultimately, one confronts some of the thorniest questions in modern philosophy here, such as the nature of free will, our place in the metaphysical world, and the possibility of genuine artificial intelligence. The book closes with a playful and perplexing piece by Robert Nozick, an adequate summation to The Mind's I. He writes, "Perhaps God has not decided yet whether he has created, in this world, a fictional world or a real one.... Which decision do you hope for?" --Eric de Place
why are you you and me me? How does sentience and self awareness come from inanimate materials that make up our brains? Discuss.Published 7 months ago by Par4dox
I saw that it has less than 5 whole stars. This book is among the most thought-provoking books I have ever encountered, and the goal of the book is to provoke thought. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Steven T. Hatton
I read The Mind's I over approximately a three week period. For the majority of that time, my wandering thoughts were captivated by musings and thought experiments about cognition... Read morePublished 15 months ago by Michael G
Collection of fiction, non-fiction & commentary aimed at freeing your mind from preconceptions about what a mind is. Read morePublished 17 months ago by A. R. Masters
This book is not what I expected. Dr Hofstader is a pioneer in revealing complexity and the possibilities of artificial intelligence by furthering the work begun by Alan Turing. Read morePublished 19 months ago by shepard hurwitz
This book was written by Dennett and Hofstadter in 81, so it is hardly the cutting edge of the philosophy of mind now, but it was still very interesting and well presented. Read morePublished on April 17, 2012 by Michael
Ask yourself 'Who am I ?' OR rather What is 'I' ?
Can a machine truly say 'Cogito ergo sum' and mean it ?
Ah..dwell on that. Read more
by Kevin Stokker
The Mind's I: Fantasies and Reflections on Self and Soul
Authored by Douglas R. Hofstadter and Daniel C. Read more
"The MInd's Eye" is a thought provoking book that examines the ideas of "self" and "I" via many disparate authors/essays. Read morePublished on August 21, 2011 by brandi