So what is this book, Gödel, Escher, Bach: an Eternal Golden Braid — usually known by its acronym, “GEB” — really all about? That question has hounded me . Part I: GEB. Introduction: A Musico-Logical Offering. The book opens with the story of Bach’s Musical. Offering. Bach made an impromptu visit to King Frederick . consciousness and unified theories? Get ready to chase me down a rabbit hole into Douglas Hofstadter’s Pulitzer Prize winning book Gödel, Escher, Bach.

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Douglas grew up on the campus of St Douglas Richard Hofstadter is an American academic whose research focuses on consciousness, thinking and creativity.

Bach are totally interrelated, man. I have listed here some of the points raised by the author that might have been dealt in a more rigorous way please note that this is not aimed at conveying a negative impression on the overall quality of this otherwise great bookand also some points that I found particularly interesting and worth mentioning.

The whole thing is a massive and I do mean that literally waste of time, though since it does have a knack for making dumb people feel smart, it will undoubtedly appeal to the xkcd crowd.

Each blind man gave a varying but inaccurate guess of what it was he felt. Hofstadter’s theory of minds—with an intuitive and general dimension.

Gödel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid

Now I am a co-founder of software start up that applies reinforcement learning, a method from ai -lower case hofstacter to conversion optimization. This is another example of a all-too typical underestimation of the speed at which scientific and technological progress can deliver impressive results, not just in term of computational power but also in terms of new architectural and algorithmic paradigms.

Hofstadter somehow argues that this proves there is a God? 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. Jun 17, Matt rated it did not like it Shelves: These are the kind of works that you might not understand in your lifetime, the thoughts of a genius transposed directly to paper that, unless you are an equally-gifted person or a savant, you cannot hope to fully comprehend.


He did it on a wing and a prayer, he was a young teaching academic who couldn’t find in print the old literary books he wanted to use as texts and so he set about publishing them.

This was illustrated visually with M. Even concepts such as omega-inconsistency are made easily understandable — a significant achievement. The answer Hofstadter likes is that the brain operates on many different interacting levels, and that conscious thought is a product of the complex interaction between all these levels.

I am proudly one of the many fanboys of this book. All of this applies equally well to artificial intelligencewhich is Hofstadter’s field. Looks like they were copy pasted from an auto-truncated source or something. However, human intelligence includes analogical awareness, which involves complicated processes of nested meanings, comparison, and jumping of levels.

If you believe this, you are pretty gullible, and should perhaps consider such an operation. This book told me something about intelligence – the smartest thing to do is to avoid this book’s overly lengthy babblings of a self-important graduate student who is way too impressed with himself.

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The first one is cursive, in which the ground is only a by product or negative space of the figure, and is of less importance than the figure. Thanks for telling us about hofstavter problem. If a computer was told to try to generate the answer, it would go on ad infinitum. Ships from and sold by Amazon. Enjoy the damn thing.


GEB gives further details on the complex process of chemicals and codes, but this is the basic idea. But make no mistake: Hofstadter is about as interesting and insightful as a year-old stoner who got a hold of some of his dad’s reference books. The above is just a small and extremely partial subset of the many points raised by the author in several areas; there are even deep insights by hkfstadter author in relation to all sort of related issues, such as a holistic versus a reductionist approach to the study of reality, free will in humans, the theory of meaning, etc.

See all reviews. With pleasure but unfortunately over here we tend to divide menta Me: This is an absolutely phenomenal work. Does the book succeed in its goal? As it is, his constant pedagogical wordplay and artful brain teasers started out fun but after page they started making me tired.

Simulacra and Simulation was actually his fake book on the bookshelf: The enzymes again work on the strands. Obviously, I can’t say if you will find it a worthwhile read, but I do look back on it as a significant influence on a major pivot in my life.

The most interesting example hhofstadter levels is in the typogenetics of the DNA.

We find a painfully obsolete statement by the author that reflects his deep skepticism about the capability of a computer gev to ever achieve world-champion-level skills in chess-playing.