Metamagical Themas has ratings and 78 reviews. K. Dick Metamagical Themas by Douglas R. Hofstadter Graduates in Wonderland by Jessica Pan. THE BIRTH OF THE COUNTERREVOLUTION. ON DECEMBER 9, , C ALIFORNIA SENATOR DIANNE FEINSTEIN made public a page report by the. From the Publisher: A bestselling collection of brilliant and quirky essays, on subjects ranging from biology to grammar to artificial intelligence, that are unified by.

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The section on AI is also particularly good both of those last two points, though, are based on personal interests rather than quality of writing. Skip chapters and never look back you’ll be back. He graduated with Distinction in Mathematics from Stanford in View all 3 comments. Metamagical Themas encouraged me to play with ideas, with words and with the world around me.

Some of the chapters are more relevant than ever such as Chapter 5 World Views in Collision. Nov 27, Jerzy rated it liked it. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

Douglas R. Hofstadter, Metamagical Themas Questing for the Essence of Mind and Pattern – PhilPapers

My library Help Advanced Book Search. That said, Hofstadter is a wonderfully imaginative and entertaining writer, and there were some themes underlying the whole book which anybody familiar with Hofstadter will be able to guess, such as the nature of intelligence and consciousness and the concept of self-reference.

The essays s A collection of essays by Hofstadter, mainly from his column in Scientific American but some written specifically for the collection. Actually, his columns on analogy in this book offered some benefit over GEB, and I found that section all the more enjoyable for it.

Metamagical Themas: Questing for the Essence of Mind and Pattern

Take it to the beach. The Letter Spirit project, implemented by Gary McGraw and John Rehling, aims to model the act of artistic creativity by designing stylistically uniform “gridfonts” typefaces limited to a grid. But its effect was even broader. Adler rated it it was amazing Shelves: Oct 07, Neil rated it it was amazing. This book has probably influenced my brain hofxtadter in all sorts of subtle and stealthy ways. InGardner’s column alternated with a new column by Hofstadter called “Metamagical Themas” mmetamagical anagram of “Mathematical Games”.


It was enjoyable to read, but by the end I was simply happy to be done. Sep 15, Thomas rated it it was amazing Shelves: I think the author does well-enough of making his own voice and mood clear, especially toward the very end.

Be the first to discover new talent! Find it on Scholar. The game themae Nomic was first introduced to the public in this column, in Junewhen excerpts from a book still unpublished at the time by the game’s creator Peter Suber were printed and discussed.

The book – titled after the column – contains essays on self-referential sentences “The reader of this sentence exists only while reading me” is one of my favorites ; the mathematics of Frederic Chopin’s compositions; a taxonomy of Rubik’s Cube variations; the emerging studies of chaos and compexity; metafonts; artificial intelligence and machine learning; what the word “I” means; and a deep study of the mechanics and ethics of cooperation.

It A wide-ranging book collated from articles written by the hofstadtter for his column in Scientific American. If I was forced to choose only one book to take to a desert island and couldn’t choose a book that explained, in great detail, how to survive on a desert island then this is the book I’d choose.

Brain, Mind and Computers.

This article includes a list of referencesbut its sources remain unclear because it has insufficient inline citations. The best passage ever, is the one that I have waited all along my reading, the recursive definition of superrational players: In any case, readers are free to browse through this astonishingly varied collection until exhaustion, however hofstadher tinged with admiration, sets in.


Somehow that concern has faded from the forefront of our minds, but now we have terrorism and global warming to deal with instead. At the University of Michigan and Indiana University, he co-authored, with Melanie Mitchell, a computational model of “high-level perception” — Copycat — and several other models of analogy-making and cognition.

Blay Whitby, Reflections on Artificial Intelligence: In he returned to Bloomington as “College of Arts and Sciences Professor” in both Cognitive Science and Computer Science, and also was appointed Adjunct Professor of History and Philosophy of Science, Philosophy, Comparative Literature, and Psychology, but he states that his involvement with most of these departments is nominal.

Views Read Edit View history. Hofstader’s column in Scientif I don’t recall how or where I got this book as a young teenager; I swear my aunt gave it to me but she denies it. Just wondering if any hofstaster my friends online are familiar with it? This book was probably the most influential book I read growing up, as I think it set me on the path to study computer science.

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Many chapters open with an illustration of an extremely abstract alphabet, yet dougals which is still gestaltly recognizable as such. Mar 30, Ruhegeist marked it as to-read.

The anthology was published in by Basic Books. Or just parts of it.