Gödel, Escher, Bach: an Eternal Golden Braid

by Douglas Hofstadter


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 and Bach is a wonderful exploration of fascinating ideas at the heart of cognitive science: meaning, reduction, recursion, and much more.

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Interesting but a bit too much for me. Would have been nicer with some of the particularly boring sections omitted; but of course that's just my personal taste.

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