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    I am a Strange Loop (Hardback) By (author) Douglas R. Hofstadter

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    DescriptionWhat do we mean when we say "I"? Can thought arise out of matter? 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? 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. Deep down, a human brain is a chaotic seething 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. " The "I" is the nexus in our brain where the levels feed back into each other and flip causality upside down, with symbols seeming to have free will and to have gained the paradoxical ability to push particles around, rather than the reverse. For each human being, this "I" seems to be the realest thing in the world. But how can such 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 all-powerful laws of physics? These are the mysteries tackled in I Am a Strange Loop, Douglas R. Hofstadter's first book-length journey into philosophy since Godel, Escher, Bach. Compulsively readable and endlessly thought-provoking, this is the book Hofstadter's many readers have long been waiting for.


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    Title
    I am a Strange Loop
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Douglas R. Hofstadter
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 436
    Width: 155 mm
    Height: 235 mm
    Thickness: 30 mm
    Weight: 735 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780465030781
    ISBN 10: 0465030785
    Classifications

    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T8.0
    BIC E4L: SCP
    BIC subject category V2: HP
    LC subject heading:
    DC21: 153
    LC subject heading:
    BISAC V2.8: SCI075000
    LC subject heading: , ,
    BISAC V2.8: PHI015000
    BIC subject category V2: PDZM
    Illustrations note
    illustrations
    Publisher
    The Perseus Books Group
    Imprint name
    BASIC BOOKS
    Publication date
    05 April 2007
    Publication City/Country
    New York