I Am a Strange Loop

Category: Book
By (author): Hofstadter, Douglas R.
Subject:  MEDICAL / Neurology
  PHILOSOPHY / General
  PHILOSOPHY / Mind & Body
  PSYCHOLOGY / Cognitive Psychology & Cognition
Publisher: Basic Books
Published: July 2008
Format: Book-paperback
Pages: 436
Size: 9.25in x 6.13in x 1.12in
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From The Publisher*Can thought arise out of matter? Can self, soul, consciousness, 'I' arise out of mere matter? If it cannot, then how can you or I be here? 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 most central and complex symbol in your brain is the one called 'I.' The 'I' is the nexus in our brain, one of many symbols seeming to have free will and to have gained the paradoxical ability to push particles around, rather than the reverse.How can a mysterious abstraction be real-or is our 'I' merely a convenient fiction? Does an 'I' exert genuine power over the particles in our brain, or is it helplessly pushed around by the laws of physics?These are the mysteries tackled in I Am a Strange Loop, Douglas Hofstadter's first book-length journey into philosophy since Godel, Escher, Bach. Compulsively readable and endlessly thought-provoking, this is a moving and profound inquiry into the nature of mind.
From The Publisher*Douglas Hofstadter's critically acclaimed return to the themes of Gödel, Escher, Bach-an original and controversial view of the nature of consciousness and identity.
From The Publisher*Deep down, a human brain is made of particles; on a higher level, neurons; on a yet higher level, abstractions called symbols. The central symbol is the one we call I, which seems utterly real. But is it real, or merely a convenient fiction? Does it control the particles in our brain, or is it manipulated by the laws of physics? The author of Godel, Escher, Bach finds the key to the mystery in the strange loop, an abstract feedback loop inhabiting our brains. Now in paper. 436 pp.
Biographical NoteDouglas Hofstadter is College of Arts and Sciences Professor of Cognitive Science and Computer Science at Indiana University, Bloomington. His previous books are the Pulitzer Prize-winning Godel, Escher, Bach: an Eternal Golden Braid ; Metamagical Themas ; The Mind's I ; Fluid Concepts and Creative Analogies ; and Le Ton beau de Marot. He lives in Bloomington, Indiana.