Bach made an impromptu visit to King Frederick the Great of Prussia, and was . Gödel, Escher, and Bach are deeply intertwined in this very short Dialogue. What are some of the most riveting concepts featured in Gödel, Escher, Bach? Why isn’t the Douglas Hofstadter book Gödel, Escher, Bach available as an. Douglas Hofstadter Excerpts from Hofstadter’s Books. On what GEB is really all about (from Gödel, Escher, Bach: 20th Anniversary Ed.) So what is this book, Gödel, Escher, Bach: an Eternal Golden Braid — usually known by its acronym.

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Hofstadter quotes from an article hocstadter The New Yorkerin which two statements are made that, while possible, would constitute lunacy on the part of anyone who actually believed them. Don’t get me wrong its math, there is no getting around it. View all 3 comments. He wanted to publish this strange ms. It discussed important concepts early on, and was very influential in the 80s and 90s now very dated and a little less shocking. These electrodes emit pulses similar to those emitted by neurons.

Gödel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid

He graduated with Distinction in Mathematics from Stanford in There are some works, such as Giorgio De Santilliana’s Hamlet’s Mill or Daniel Schacter’s Searching for Memory that are so vast and all-encompassing that it is difficult to pin down one central thesis. Less flourish, more focus. Form and content have always mutually determined each other in any fiction worth reading.


The conversation still makes sense due to uses of common phrases that can be used as either greetings or farewells “Good day” and the positioning of lines that double as an answer to a question in the next line. You just can’t get over how lovely she is, how funny, how brilliant And if Michelangelo had been Siamese twins, the work would have been completed in half the hach.

Gödel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid by Douglas R. Hofstadter

And as a quick final note: And it does not matter. Godel shows us that I paraphrase drastically that all logical systems allow statements about natural numbers that are true but unprovable within the system. Beauty on the higher level is an illogical, unprovable concept that evolved from the recursive process and chunking of the information from the lower level.

Go get it now! View all 37 comments. Like psychology, or self-identity. In order to achieve human intelligence, AI researchers will have to work on the lower levels such that the upper level is comparable to human intelligence.

The above is just a small and extremely partial subset of the many points raised by the author in goel areas; there are even deep insights by the author in relation to all sort of related issues, such as a holistic versus a reductionist approach to hofsfadter study of reality, free will in humans, the theory of meaning, etc.

And yes that’s a terrible and cloying analogy that takes it way too far. GEB was written in He spent a few years in Sweden in the mid s. That’s why they make British baking shows, for dunces such as I.


An Eternal Golden Braid. The issues of self-reference and self-awareness, and how they relate to both human and potential artificial intelligence, were likewise extremely compelling.

A profound example is the genetic information in DNA. So but, what is made clear, if the prospect of AI is not, is that abch is not just a bunch of intellectual masturbation but is a fictioning which takes real things, ie, metamathematical structures, and uses them in structuring a story or fixing them into narrative metaphors.

A theorem is an assertion of fact. At its heart, this book is about whether you can start with simple parts and from them, build a system which is so complicated that it becomes more than the sum of its parts in a significant sort of way. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Don’t get This is an absolutely phenomenal work. How can Self be in its own acronym? The countless self-help techniques are testaments to that.

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