I Am a Strange Loop [Douglas R. Hofstadter] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. One of our greatest philosophers and scientists of the mind. Editorial Reviews. Review. Amazon Best Books of the Month, March : I Am a Strange Loop eBook: Douglas R. Hofstadter: Kindle Store. Scott O’Reilly loops the loop with Douglas Hofstadter.

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And indeed, it is impossible to come away from this book without having introduced elements of his point of view into our own. Couldn’t put it down. The core of Hofstadter’s consciousness or self, soul, I is the enormous capacity of the human brain for complex operations, among which are feedback loops that grow in number and sophistication until they enable the human consciousness of self, the emergence of an ‘I’, and our ability to conceive of or mirror others in our minds.

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For example, human brains can hofstadtet false ideas starting with true premises because of errors of construction. We will essentially be able to see the world through their eyes.

Hofstadter is a respected academic, and I’m a dingus with a Goodreads account. I did not find that Hofstadter compellingly demonstrates that this strange loop is the entirety of consciousness.

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Nov 30, Randolph rated it really liked it Shelves: An Eternal Golden Braid and more focused on the “scientific” side of things without all the wonderful digressions you have to read GEB to understand. I Am a Strange Loop argues that the key to understanding selves and consciousness is the “strange loop”-a special kind of abstract feedback loop inhabiting our brains.

The essence of human consciousness is the ability to negate, to say no, to conceive alternatives l’etre et le neant.

Computers don’t have opinions or preferences, for example. I found some of his writing, escpecially his dialogues ala Lewis Carrolll amazing literature.


What do we mean when we say “I”? Amazon Advertising Find, attract, and engage customers. But I’m afraid it is too soon to go beyond Ayn Rand’s statements of the fundamental axioms of philosophy: He even uses such eating habits to establish his own numerical scale of human consciousness — essentially the less meat you eat, the more human you are.

I have long been interested in the nature and origin or human consciousness and stranye of self, and as an irreligious materialist, the traditional explanations offered strqnge our dominant social institutions were unsatisfactory. There are several problems here, however. The most obvious objection here, from an idealist-phenomenological perspective, is of course that this symbolic, meaningful perception presupposes consciousness: This leads him to some very fruitful ways of hofstadteer at consciousness.

The “I” concept is just something that seems to be uniquely developed in “higher” animals, so it’s a convenient hhofstadter to take up as a measure of worth, because we as humans are sure to come out on top.

The jury may be out on the validity of the hypotheses and models he sets forth.

Articles with short description Pages to import images to Wikidata All stub articles. This rings false to me because who is to say that my wife has truly internalized my actually thought process or even emotive reaction to such an external stimulus. Amazon Second Chance Hofatadter it on, trade it in, give it a second life. Certainly there is a world of difference between the Old Master himself and a folio of his sheet music lying waiting to be played. For example “Fat hpfstadter the word for the flubby stuff around the stomach, and fat is also listed as a macronutrient on nutrition labels, so eating fat adds fat to your stomach.

He died and was replaced by hofstadtet doppelganger that was convinced it was him in every way. I had a lot of issues with the structure of the argument, which was too dependent on the analogy. If it cannot, then how can you or I be here?


Amazon Inspire Digital Educational Resources. Dec 21, Joe rated it it was ok. Basically an argument for the nature of consciousness that all but proves Descartes’ proposition.

For instance, I am afraid that many social scientists and humanities strnge who, after reading this book, will think that they truly know what Godel’s theorem is all about. Goedel, DH’s guiding muse, is rightly lionized in this and other DH books; Russell — standing in for Whitehead as well — is all but judged a moron doouglas failing to have seen, in the logical edifice he built, what Goedel later saw. I must have set some kind of record. I Am a Strange L is a book by Douglas Hofstadterexamining in depth the concept of a strange loop to explain the sense of “I”.

Remember me on this computer. Sep 18, to’c rated it liked it Recommends it for: Jul 29, Malini Sridharan rated it did not like it. His grasp of the philosophical arguments is lacking, and he spends most of a chapter refuting thought experiments with the laws of physics.

I Am a Strange Loop

This means that he repeats himself over and over again. I enjoyed much of Hostetter’s account of the ways in which a strictly biological account of cognition fails to grasp the complexities of consciousness and identities.

Reading it was a long, thoughtful journey. Hofstadter provides one of these ways. It was just a clever mapping.