I Am a Strange Loop has ratings and reviews. BlackOxford said: Strangely WrongI must suggest something blasphemously arrogant: Douglas Hofsta. “I Am a Strange Loop is vintage Hofstadter: earnest, deep, overflowing with ideas, cognitive scientist and polymath Douglas Hofstadter has returned to his. Scott O’Reilly loops the loop with Douglas Hofstadter.

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Yet his forays into the philosophical implications of his ideas, though often provocative, are the most frustrating part of his book. Feb 23, Clay Kallam rated it it doouglas ok Shelves: As we learn about his life, his teenage fascination with self reflective images and the meaning of life, his family, his friends, we get a more complete picture of this wonderful teacher.

Thus the patterns that represent my love for 19th century novels can easily to replicated in another’s brain–my wife’s for instance–which dohglas in a part of identity having a kind of weak, second order existence in my wife’s brain. But Hofstadter, probably aware of this phenomenon, wants us not to decide whether a mosquito has “interiority,” which is debatable, but to admit that some living things don’t and therefore justify his “soul” scale.

I am able to grant him that the overgrown ganglion which is the brain can, at a certain point, conceive of an idea or a “symbol” of itself, but since I incorporeal souls don’t exist, this is a trivial proposition.

And I’m bringing all that frustration to this book, douglzs if I made half. And what about the ambiguity and indeterminacy of quantum action itself? It’s clear that he was deeply moved not only lpop the death of his wife, for which reason he would naturally be inclined to believe, like R.

One must recognize and come to accept one’s responsibility diuglas killing to see life correctly.

Douglas Hofstadter’s “I Am a Strange Loop” on the Self

The response so far has basically been to ignore this inconvenient fact and hope that it’s not so inconvenient that people begin to notice. We, not just human beings but all that exists, have no soul whatsoever until someone like Hofstader, or Plato, or Thomas Aquinas comes along and sets up a criterion for assessing it.

In a nutshell, our quandary is this. Svest je stvarna samo onoliko koliko i duga.

This, I think, is what he meant to illustrate with his insistence that some animals don’t have “souls” or shrange. Become a PEL Citizen!

I Am a Strange Loop

He gives us another hypothetical case to reinforce this theory. But this is not an obvious equivalence, I dare say. This idea seems to be implicit sstrange this point, but I couldn’t find it stated directly. While bad faith represents the prime ethical upshot of Sartre’s view, for Doug, the ethical comes in this ability to take in others’ selves: Finally, in his conclusion, Hofstadter tries to bucket hofstarter people into two categories an annoying habit he has: Douglas Richard Hofstadter is an American academic whose research focuses on consciousness, thinking and creativity.


By examining it internally, we can uncheck old boxes and check new ones. Tolle declares that the Ego or thinking mind is the cause of all the poisons of our civilization and the only hope for us as a species is to embrace awareness and presence and escape strangr thinking mind that feeds our needs for material possessions, success, achievement, domination, and so on.

Douglas, you are a freak. Other more recent models are Phaeaco implemented by Harry Foundalis and SeqSee Abhijit Mahabalwhich model high-level perception and analogy-making in the microdomains of Bongard problems and number sequences, respectively. As well as his odd philosophy of how love of Bach makes you a bigger soul. In no way is he claiming that mental states are irrelevant. I read this book as a teaser to convince me I need to read Godel, Escher, Bach.

In a similar way a sound with seemingly ever increasing tempo can be constructed, as was demonstrated by Jean-Claude Risset. After all, when we kill, it’s not really the ‘I’ of the victim that we’re hurting-it’s those who survive who valued that thing that we should care about, if the injunction hofstadyer to not cause pain.

But how can such a mysterious abstraction be real–or is our “I” merely a convenient fiction? This is, of course what scientists, and engineers, and husbands who tsrange putting up curtains usually think they are doing when they measure something, namely determining what length, breadth, volume, color, texture, or other magnitude constitutes some entity of interest.

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Computers don’t have opinions or preferences, for example. I got about three-quarters of the way through and by then it seemed like Hofstadter had completely lost the plot. If the self is a narrative fiction, then how does it pull the levers which initiate free action?

Even if they only have one single goal, to reproduce as much as possible before dying, be it pursued by reflex, cognition, or even as in plants by genetic design, it’s that very idea that one violates in swatting the mosquito or eating the chicken or pulling out the weed.

But I wonder if Hofstadter, enthusiastic as he is over the idea of self-referencing systems, isn’t overstating his point. This leads to the sort of paradoxes seen in statements such as ” This statement is false ,” wherein the sentence’s basis of truth is found in referring to itself and its assertion, causing a logical paradox.


The human body, being the only unit associated to each self-aware person, is clearly capable of conceiving of itself, because we all conceive of ourselves.

The metric he started with is the Strange Loop, hiding in plain sight, a ninja ego smirking behind his index finger with a Cheshire Cat grin. The quickest way to refute this claim is with dyslexia, where a concrete word, number or shape is viewed completely differently by a dyslexic brain as compared to a normal brain.

One can say “I’m resting on the right side of my demarcation line” when one goes vegetarian, but one can only believe it through willful ignorance. I Am a Strange Loop is a book by Douglas Hofstadterexamining in depth the concept of a strange loop to explain the sense of “I”. We can live in others, just as others can live in us. Those who won’t kill a deer would kill dozens of chickens or thousands of plants to get the same nutrition that a single deer supplies.

By actually having the job of being a waiter day after day, I either acquire certain habits or I don’t, and if I’m thinking about philosophy the whole time I’m zooming around with trays, then those habits will stick with me too. The parts I liked were great, were what literature is for, really.

What this story lacks is an understanding of how a unique point-of-view makes the self what it is. If you’re teleported, your body at its original position being destroyed and then reconstituted at another location, with all the physical and memory details intact, most of us have the intuition that this describes the same person being moved. Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources.

Likewise, if I listen to enough of a podcast, I find myself being able to think like the people on the podcast. Sometimes, too, Hofstadter employs playful analogies to show how consciousness works, and how it doesn’t work. Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your email address will not be published.

Hofstadter is a respected academic, and I’m a dingus with a Goodreads account.