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I am a strange loop af Douglas R. Hofstadter
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I am a strange loop (original 2007; udgave 2007)

af Douglas R. Hofstadter

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Hofstadter's long-awaited return to the themes of Gödel, Escher, Bach--an original and controversial view of the nature of consciousness and identity. What do we mean when we say "I"? Can a self, a soul, a consciousness, an "I" arise out of mere matter? If it cannot, then how can you or I be here? This book argues that the key to understanding selves and consciousness is a special kind of abstract feedback loop inhabiting our brains. Deep down, a human brain is a chaotic soup of particles, on a higher level it is a jungle of neurons, and on a yet higher level it is a network of abstractions that we call "symbols." The most central and complex symbol in your brain or mine is the one we both call "I." But how can such a mysterious abstraction be real--or is our "I" merely a convenient fiction?--From publisher description.… (mere)
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Titel:I am a strange loop
Forfattere:Douglas R. Hofstadter
Info:New York : London : BasicBooks ; Perseus Running [distributor], 2007
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Indeholder "Dedication", "A note from the Publisher", "Words of thanks", "Preface - An Author and His Book", " Facing the Physicality of Consciousness", " The Mirage", " A Shout into a Chasm", " From the Majestic Dolomites to Gentle Bloomington", " An Author and His Audience", " The Horsies-and-Doggies Religion", " A few Last Random Observations", " A Useful Youthfulness", "Prologue - An affable Locking of Horns", " Dramatis personæ: Plato and Socrates", "Chapter 1 - On Souls and Their Sizes", " Soul-Shards", " What Is It Like to Be a Tomato?", " Guinea Pig", " Pig", " Revulsion, Revelation, Revolution", " Reversion, Re-evolution", " The Mystery of Inanimate Flesh", " Give Me Some Men Who Are Stouter-souled Men", " Small-souled and Large-souled Humans", " Hattie the Chocolate Labrador", " Ollie the Golden Retriever", " Where to Draw that Fateful, Fatal Line?", " Interiority — What Has it, and to What Degree?", " The Gradual Growth of a Soul", " Lights On?", " Post Scriptum", "Chapter 2 - This Teetering Bulb of Dread and Dream", " What Is a "Brain Structure"?", " A Simple Analogy between Heart and Brain", " Can Toilet Paper Think?", " The Terribly Thirsty Beer Can", " Levels and Forces in the Brain", " Who Shoves Whom Around Inside the Cranium?", " Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics", " Thinkodynamics and Statistical Mentalics", "Chapter 3 - The Causal Potency of Patterns", " The Prime Mover", " The Causal Potency of Collective Phenomena", " Neurons and Dominos", " Patterns as Causes", " The Strange Irrelevance of Lower Levels", " A Hat-tip to the Spectrum of Unpredictability", " The Careenium", " Simmballism", " Taking the Reductionistic View of the Careenium", " Taking a Higher-level View of the Careenium", " Who Shoves Whom Around inside the Careenium?", " The Dance of the Simmballs", "Chapter 4 - Loops, Goals, and Loopholes", " The First Flushes of Desire", " A Soccer Ball Named Desire", " The Slippery Slope of Teleology", " Feedback Loops and Exponential Growth", " Fallacy the First", " Fallacy the Second", " Feedback and Its Bad Rap", " God, Gödel, Umlauts, and Mystery", " Savoring Circularity and Self-application", " The Timid Theory of Types", " Intellectuals Who Dread Feedback Loops", "Chapter 5 - On Video Feedback", " Two Video Voyages, Three Decades Apart", " Diary of a Video Trip", " Enigmatic, Emergent Reverberation", " Feeding "Content" to the Loop", " A Mathematical Analogue", " The Phenomenon of "Locking-in"", " Emergent New Realities of Video Feedback", "Chapter 6 - Of Selves and Symbols", " Perceptual Looping as the Germ of "I"-ness", " Varieties of Looping", " Reception versus Perception", " Mosquito Symbols", " Mosquito Selves", " An Interlude on Robot Vehicles", " Pondering Dogthink", " The Radically Different Conceptual Repertoire of Human Beings", " Episodic Memory", "Chapter 7 - The Epi Phenomenon", " As Real as it Gets", " Concrete Walls and Abstract Ceilings", " The Many-faceted Intellectual Grounding of Reality", " No Luck, No Soap, No Dice", " An Out-of-the-Blue Ode to My Old Friend Epi", " No Sphere, No Radius, No Mass", " Where the Buck Seems to Stop", " The Prime Mover, Redux", " God's Eye versus the Careenium's Eye", " I Am Not God", "Chapter 8 - Embarking on a Strange-Loop Safari", " Flap Loop, Lap Loop", " Seeking Strange Loopiness in Escher", " Seeking Strange Loops in Feedback", " Seeking Strange Loops in the Russellian Gloom", " Mr Berry of the Bodleian", " I Can't Tell You How Indescribably Nondescript It Was!", " Blurriness Buries Berry", " A Peanut-butter and Barberry Sandwich", " An Autobiographical Snippet", " Idealistic Dreams about Metamathematics", " Post Scriptum", "Chapter 9 - Pattern and Provability", " Principia Mathematica and its Theorems", " Mixing Two Unlikely Ideas: Primes and Squares", " Pattern-hunting", " People who Pursue Patterns with Perseverance", " Where There's Pattern, There's Reason", " Sailing the Ocean of Primes and Falling off the Edge", " The Mathematician's Credo", " No Such Thing as an Infinite Coincidence", " The Long Search for Proofs, and for their Nature", "Chapter 10 - Gödel's Quintessential Strange Loop", " Gödel Encounters Fibonacci", " The Caspian Gemstones: An Allegory", " A Tiny Spark in Gödel's Brain", " Clever Rules Imbue Inert Symbols with Meaning", " Mechanizing the Mathematician's Credo", " Miraculous Lockstep Synchrony", " Flipping between Formulas and Very Big Integers", " Very Big Integers Moving in Lock-step with Formulas", " Glimmerings of How PM Can Twist Around and See Itself", " Prim Numbers", " The Uncanny Power of Prim Numbers", " Gödelian Strangeness", " How to Stick a Formula's Gödel Number inside the Formula", " Gödel's Elephant-in-Matchbox Trick via Quine's Analogy", " The Trickiest Step", " An Elephant in a Matchbox is Neither Fish Nor Fowl", " Sluggo and the Morton Salt Girl", "Chapter 11 - How Analogy Makes Meaning", " The Double Aboutness of Formulas in PM", " Extra Meanings Come for Free, Thanks to You, Analogy!", " Exploiting the Analogies in Everyday Situations", " The Latent Ambiguity of the Village Baker's Remarks", " Chantal and the Piggybacked Levels of Meaning", " Pickets at the Posh Shop", " Prince Hyppia: Math Dramatica", " Analogy, Once Again, Does its Cagey Thing", " How Can an "Unpennable" Line be Penned?", " "Not" is Not the Source of Strangeness", " Numbers as a Representational Medium", "Chapter 12 - On Downward Causality", " Bertrand Russell's Worst Nightmare", " A Strange Land where "Because" Coincides with "Although"", " Incompleteness Derives from Strength", " Bertrand Russell's Second-worst Nightmare", " An Endless Succession of Monsters", " Consistency Condemns a Towering Peak to Unscalability", " Downward Causality in Mathematics", " Göru and the Futile Quest for a Truth Machine", " The Upside-down Perceptions of Evolved Creatures", " Stuck, for Better or Worse, with "I"", " Proceeding Slowly Towards the Bottom Level", " Of Hogs, Dogs, and Bogs", "Chapter 13 - The Elusive Apple of My "I"", " The Patterns that Constitute Experience", " Reflected Communist Bachelors with Spin 1/2 are All Wet", " Am I a Strange Marble?", " A Pearl Necklace I Am Not", " I Am My Brain's Most Complex Symbol", " Internalizing Our Weres, Our Wills, and Our Woulds", " I Cannot Live without My Self", " The Slow Buildup of a Self", " Making Tosses, Internalizing Bounces", " Smiling Like Hopalong Cassidy", " The Lies in our I's", " The Locking-in of the "I" Loop", " I Am Not a Video Feedback Loop", " I Am Ineradicably Entrenched...", " ...But Am I Real?", " The Size of the Strange Loop that Constitutes a Self", " The Supposed Selves of Robot Vehicles", " A Counterfactual Stanley", "Chapter 14 - Strangeness in the "I" of the Beholder", " The Inert Sponges inside our Heads", " Squirting Chemicals", " The Stately Dance of the Symbols", " In which the Alfbert Visits Austranius", " Brief Debriefing", " Soaps in Sanskrit", " Winding Up the Debriefing", " Trapped at the High Level", " First Key Ingredient of Strangeness", " Second Key Ingredient of Strangeness", " Sperry Redux", "Chapter 15 - Entwinement", " Multiple Strange Loops in One Brain", " Content-free Feedback Loops", " Baby Feedback Loops and Baby "I" 's", " Entwined Feedback Loops", " One Privileged Loop inside our Skull", " Shared Perception, Shared Control", " A Twirlwind Trip to Twinwirld", " Is One or Two Letters of the Alphabet?", " Pairsonal Identity in Twinwirld", " "Twe"-tweaking by Twinwirld-twiddling", " Post Scriptum re Twinwirld", " Soulmates and Matesouls", " Children as Gluons", "Chapter 16 - Grappling with the Deepest Mystery", " A Random Event Changes Everything", " Desperate Lark", " Post Scriptum", "Chapter 17 - How We Live in Each Other", " Universal Machines", " The Unexpectedness of Universality", " Universal Beings", " Being Visited", " Chemistry and Its Lack", " Copycat Planetoids Grow by Absorbing Melting Meteorites", " How Much Can One Import of Another's Interiority?", " Double-clicking on the Icon for a Loved One's Soul", " Thinking with Another's Brain", " Mosaics of Different Grain Size", " Transplantation of Patterns", "Chapter 18 - The Blurry Glow of Human Identity", " I Host and Am Hosted by Others", " Feeling that One is Elsewhere", " Telepresence versus "Real" Presence", " Which Viewpoint is Really Mine?", " Where Am I?", " Varying Degrees of Being Another", " The Naïve Viewpoint is Usually Good Enough", " Where Does a Hammerhead Shark Think it is?", " Sympathetic Vibrations", " Am I No One Else or Am I Everyone Else?", " Interpenetration of National Souls", " Halos, Afterglows, Coronas", "Chapter 19 - Consciousness = Thinking", " So Where's Consciousness in my Loopy Tale?", " Enter the Skeptics", " Symbols Trigger More Symbols", " The Central Loop of Cognition", "Chapter 20 - A Courteous Crossing of Words", "Chapter 21 - A Brief Brush with Cartesian Egos", " Well-told Stories Pluck Powerful Chords", " What Pushovers We Are!", " Teleportation of a Thought Experiment across the Atlantic", " The Murky Whereabouts of Cartesian Egos", " Am I on Venus, or Am I on Mars?", " The Radical Nature of Parfit's Views", " Self-confidence, Humility, and Self-doubt", " Morphing Parfit into Bonaparte", " The Radical Redesign of Douglas R. Hofstadter", " On "Who" and on "How"", " Double or Nothing", " Trains Who Roll", " The Glow of the Soular Corona", "Chapter 22 - A Tango with Zombies and Dualism", " Pedantic Semantics?", " Two Machines", " Two Daves", " The Nagging Worry that One Might Be a Zombie", " Consciousness Is Not a Power Moonroof", " Liphosophy", " Consciousness: A Capitalized Essence", " A Sliding Scale of Élan Mental", " Semantic Quibbling in Universe Z", " Quibbling in Universe Q", "Chapter 23 - Killing a Couple of Sacred Cows", " A Cerulean Sardine", " Bleu Blanc Rouge = Red, White, and Blue", " Inverting the Sonic Spectrum", " Glebbing and Knurking", " The Inverted Political Spectrum", " Violets Are Red, Roses Are Blue", " A Scarlet Sardine", " Yes, People Want Things", " The Hedge Maze of Life", " There's No Such Thing as a Free Will", "Chapter 24 - On Magnanimity and Friendship", " Are There Small and Large Souls?", " From the Depths to the Heights", " The Magnanimity of Albert Schweitzer", " Does Conscience Constitute Consciousness?", " Albert Schweitzer and Johann Sebastian Bach", " Dig that Profundity!", " Alle Grashüpfer Müssen Sterben", " Friends", "Epilogue - The Quandary", " Not a tall!", " The Pull and Pitfalls of Dualism", " The Lure and Lacunas of Nondualism", " Rainbows or Rocks?", " Thrust: The Hard Problem", " Riposte: A Soft Poem", " A Billion Trillion Ants in One's Leg ", " I Am a Strange Loop", "Notes", "Bibliography", "Acknowledgements", "Index".

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Hofstadter's long-awaited return to the themes of Gödel, Escher, Bach--an original and controversial view of the nature of consciousness and identity. What do we mean when we say "I"? Can a self, a soul, a consciousness, an "I" arise out of mere matter? If it cannot, then how can you or I be here? This book argues that the key to understanding selves and consciousness is a special kind of abstract feedback loop inhabiting our brains. Deep down, a human brain is a chaotic soup of particles, on a higher level it is a jungle of neurons, and on a yet higher level it is a network of abstractions that we call "symbols." The most central and complex symbol in your brain or mine is the one we both call "I." But how can such a mysterious abstraction be real--or is our "I" merely a convenient fiction?--From publisher description.

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