Metamagical Themas has ratings and 78 reviews. K. Dick Metamagical Themas by Douglas R. Hofstadter Graduates in Wonderland by Jessica Pan. THE BIRTH OF THE COUNTERREVOLUTION. ON DECEMBER 9, , C ALIFORNIA SENATOR DIANNE FEINSTEIN made public a page report by the. From the Publisher: A bestselling collection of brilliant and quirky essays, on subjects ranging from biology to grammar to artificial intelligence, that are unified by.

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Metamagical Themas: Questing for the Essence of Mind and Pattern by Douglas R. Hofstadter

By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. So, happy I read it.

Anyway, after downloading this, I started flipping through the chapters wondering which I should reread and was a bit stunned to be reminded that there are 3 chapters on Lisp. Hofstadter – – Hofsstadter Books. But Hofstadter doesn’t limit himself to puzzles. I wasn’t reading to hear about Gardner, magic or puzzles. What’s interesting about this is imagining this text appearing in Scientific American. The Copycat project was subsequently extended under the name “Metacat” by Hofstadter’s doctoral student James Marshall.

Metamagical Themas Questing for the Essence of Mind and Pattern

There was a problem adding your email address. It did feel a slight shame that the topic I most enjoyed self-reference was the first in the book – that led to a slight feeling of everything being downhill from there on, but that’s hardly a problem with the book itself I read this book in high school A long time ago and it was over my head.


No trivia or quizzes yet.

So that is on me I suppose, and not any failure he owns. A couple of the essays seemed a little dated. Thinking of reading it again Books by Douglas R.

METAMAGICAL THEMAS by Douglas R. Hofstadter | Kirkus Reviews

Forget treating it well. I bought the book originally just to have the honor to read the original article of Dr.

There’s some gems hidden in here, but it’s pretty the,as. Philosophy of Artificial Intelligence: Hofstadter is the son of Nobel Prize-winning physicist Robert Hofstadter.

Metamagical Themas: Questing for the Essence of Mind and Pattern

Oct 07, Nicholas rated it really liked it. Mapping Across Domains Without Feedback: Rychlak, Artificial Intelligence and Human Reason: I’m going to pick it up again soon and see if I still love it as much as I once did.

History of Western Philosophy. Jun 16, Alethea Hammer rated it it was amazing. He was initially appointed to the Indiana University’s Computer Science Department faculty inand at that time he launched his research program in computer modeling of mental processes which hhemas that time he called “artificial intelligence research”, a label that he has since dropped in favor of “cognitive science research”.

The essays s A collection of essays by Hofstadter, mainly from his column in Scientific American but some written specifically for the collection.

He crusades against sexism in language and gives the participants in a dialogue on thinking hofetadter the neuter names of Pat, Sandy, and Chris ; he offers a lesson in the probabilities of a nuclear doomsday, discusses Chopin scores as complex visual patterns, and puts down some of the loonier champions of parapsychological phenomena.


If you love that, then read this, which is doouglas a collection of the author’s columns from Scientific American. The two chapters on self-referential sentences were absolutely delightful. All related, for sure, but not the same. Hofstadter’s intelligence and quest for thinking shines throughout as well as his passion for this broad range of subjects.

Quotes from Metamagical Thema It’s a series of columns on different topics, no need to be intimidated by the pages.

In his crisp, lucid prose he merrily tackles such brain-teasing topics as self-referential sentences “”This statement is false”” and reflexivity in law suppose Congress mandates that all Supreme Court decisions be made by a majority, and the Court overrules Congress by ; the mathematics of Rubik’s Cube and the related Pyraminx, Skewb, and IncrediBall ; the analogies between cubology and particle physics; the structure of Lisp a computer language used in AI ; tjemas Prisoner’s Dilemma roughly the problem of whether it is logical to trust anyone, and how far ; the Turing Test determining whether a machine answering my questions has a human agent “”behind”” it ; and so on, and so on, and so on.

Hofstadter badly needs to cut down:

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