G Del Escher Bach

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Author by Douglas R. Hofstadter
Genre : Art and music
Editor : Penguin Group(CA)
ISBN : 0140289208
Type Books : PDF & Epub
File Pages : 832
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'What is a self and how can a self come out of inanimate matter?' This is the riddle that drove Douglas Hofstadter to write this extraordinary book. In order to impart his original and personal view on the core mystery of human existence - our intangible sensation of 'I'-ness - Hofstadter defines the playful yet seemingly paradoxical notion of 'strange loop', and explicates this idea using analogies from many disciplines.


Godel Escher Bach

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Author by Douglas R. Hofstadter
Genre : Mathematics
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ISBN : UCAL:B4281320
Type Books : PDF & Epub
File Pages : 814
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A young scientist and mathematician explores the mystery and complexity of human thought processes from an interdisciplinary point of view


G Del Escher Bach An Eternal Golden Braid A Metaphorical Fugue On Minds And Machines In The Spirit Of Lewis Carroll

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Author by Douglas R. Hofstadter
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ISBN : OCLC:466100517
Type Books : PDF & Epub
File Pages : 777
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I Am A Strange Loop

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Author by Douglas R. Hofstadter
Genre : Philosophy
Editor : Basic Books
ISBN : 9780465008377
Type Books : PDF & Epub
File Pages : 436
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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 Gödel, Escher, Bach. Compulsively readable and endlessly thought-provoking, this is a moving and profound inquiry into the nature of mind.


I Have The Right To Culture

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Author by Alain Serres
Genre : Juvenile Nonfiction
Editor : Groundwood Books Ltd
ISBN : 9781773064918
Type Books : PDF & Epub
File Pages : 44
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From the author and illustrator duo who created the award-winning I Have the Right to Be a Child and I Have the Right to Save My Planet comes this beautifully illustrated third book in the series. I Have the Right to Culture explores a child’s right to be curious and to experience all of humanity’s shared knowledge, including music, art, dance and much more. When a child is born, they learn the language of their parents, they sing the songs of their grandparents and they eat the delicious food that their family prepares. They also start to wonder about the lives of other children who live far away. What languages do they speak? What songs do they sing? And what games do they play? Every child has the right to learn about the world they live in, including its history and its inventions. Every child has the right to learn about artists, about writers, about potters and photographers and architects, about musicians and dancers and poets. All of humanity’s treasures are for sharing, and every child has the right to know about what has come before them! Children have the right to partake in culture as proclaimed in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. Told from the perspective of a child, this colorful and vibrant book explores what it means to be a child who has the right to find beauty in their world. Key Text Features further reading Correlates to the Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts: CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.K.1 With prompting and support, ask and answer questions about key details in a text. CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.K.6 Name the author and illustrator of a text and define the role of each in presenting the ideas or information in a text. CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.K.7 With prompting and support, describe the relationship between illustrations and the text in which they appear (e.g., what person, place, thing, or idea in the text an illustration depicts). CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.1.8 Identify the reasons an author gives to support points in a text.


Surfaces And Essences

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Author by Douglas R Hofstadter
Genre : Philosophy
Editor : Basic Books
ISBN : 9780465021581
Type Books : PDF & Epub
File Pages : 592
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Analogy is the core of all thinking. This is the simple but unorthodox premise that Pulitzer Prize -- winning author Douglas Hofstadter and French psychologist Emmanuel Sander defend in their new work. Hofstadter has been grappling with the mysteries of human thought for over thirty years. Now, with his trademark wit and special talent for making complex ideas vivid, he has partnered with Sander to put forth a highly novel perspective on cognition. We are constantly faced with a swirling and intermingling multitude of ill-defined situations. Our brain's job is to try to make sense of this unpredictable, swarming chaos of stimuli. How does it do so? The ceaseless hail of input triggers analogies galore, helping us to pinpoint the essence of what is going on. Often this means the spontaneous evocation of words, sometimes idioms, sometimes the triggering of nameless, long-buried memories. Why did two-year-old Camille proudly exclaim, "I undressed the banana!"? Why do people who hear a story often blurt out, "Exactly the same thing happened to me!" when it was a completely different event? How do we recognize an aggressive driver from a split-second glance in our rearview mirror? What in a friend's remark triggers the offhand reply, "That's just sour grapes"? What did Albert Einstein see that made him suspect that light consists of particles when a century of research had driven the final nail in the coffin of that long-dead idea? The answer to all these questions, of course, is analogy-making -- the meat and potatoes, the heart and soul, the fuel and fire, the gist and the crux, the lifeblood and the wellsprings of thought. Analogy-making, far from happening at rare intervals, occurs at all moments, defining thinking from top to toe, from the tiniest and most fleeting thoughts to the most creative scientific insights. Like Gö, Escher, Bach before it, Surfaces and Essences will profoundly enrich our understanding of our own minds. By plunging the reader into an extraordinary variety of colorful situations involving language, thought, and memory, by revealing bit by bit the constantly churning cognitive mechanisms normally completely hidden from view, and by discovering in them one central, invariant core -- the incessant, unconscious quest for strong analogical links to past experiences -- this book puts forth a radical and deeply surprising new vision of the act of thinking.


Metamagical Themas

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Author by Douglas R. Hofstadter
Genre : Psychology
Editor : Basic Books
ISBN : 9780786723867
Type Books : PDF & Epub
File Pages : 880
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Hofstadter's collection of quirky essays is unified by its primary concern: to examine the way people perceive and think.


Godel Escher Bach

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Author by Douglas R. Hofstadter
Genre : Philosophy
Editor : Basic Books
ISBN : 0465026567
Type Books : PDF & Epub
File Pages : 836
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Winner of the Pulitzer Prize A metaphorical fugue on minds and machines in the spirit of Lewis Carroll Douglas Hofstadter's book is concerned directly with the nature of "maps" or links between formal systems. However, according to Hofstadter, the formal system that underlies all mental activity transcends the system that supports it. If life can grow out of the formal chemical substrate of the cell, if consciousness can emerge out of a formal system of firing neurons, then so too will computers attain human intelligence. Gödel, Escher, Bach is a wonderful exploration of fascinating ideas at the heart of cognitive science: meaning, reduction, recursion, and much more.


When Einstein Walked With G Del

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Author by Jim Holt
Genre : Science
Editor : Farrar, Straus and Giroux
ISBN : 9780374717841
Type Books : PDF & Epub
File Pages : 384
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From Jim Holt, the New York Times bestselling author of Why Does the World Exist?, comes an entertaining and accessible guide to the most profound scientific and mathematical ideas of recent centuries in When Einstein Walked with Gödel: Excursions to the Edge of Thought. Does time exist? What is infinity? Why do mirrors reverse left and right but not up and down? In this scintillating collection, Holt explores the human mind, the cosmos, and the thinkers who’ve tried to encompass the latter with the former. With his trademark clarity and humor, Holt probes the mysteries of quantum mechanics, the quest for the foundations of mathematics, and the nature of logic and truth. Along the way, he offers intimate biographical sketches of celebrated and neglected thinkers, from the physicist Emmy Noether to the computing pioneer Alan Turing and the discoverer of fractals, Benoit Mandelbrot. Holt offers a painless and playful introduction to many of our most beautiful but least understood ideas, from Einsteinian relativity to string theory, and also invites us to consider why the greatest logician of the twentieth century believed the U.S. Constitution contained a terrible contradiction—and whether the universe truly has a future.


The Emperor S New Mind

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Author by Sir Roger Penrose
Genre : Computers
Editor : Oxford Paperbacks
ISBN : 0192861980
Type Books : PDF & Epub
File Pages : 634
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Winner of the Wolf Prize for his contribution to our understanding of the universe, Penrose takes on the question of whether artificial intelligence will ever approach the intricacy of the human mind. 144 illustrations.