Metamagical Themas: Questing for the Essence of Mind and Pattern

Metamagical Themas: Questing for the Essence of Mind and Pattern


By (author) Douglas R. Hofstadter


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  • Publisher: BASIC BOOKS
  • Format: Paperback | 880 pages
  • Dimensions: 152mm x 234mm x 46mm | 1,066g
  • Publication date: 5 April 1996
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 0465045669
  • ISBN 13: 9780465045662
  • Edition: New edition
  • Edition statement: New edition
  • Sales rank: 260,767

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Hofstadters collection of quirky essays is unified by its primary concern: to examine the way people perceive and think..

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Author information

Douglas R. Hofstadter directs the Center for Research on Concepts and Cognition at Indiana University, and is the College of Arts and Sciences professor of cognitive science and computer science. He is the author of several highly regarded books, including "Godel, Escher, Bach" and "Fluid Concepts and Creative Analogies."

Table of contents

* Introduction Snags and Snarls * On Self-Referential Sentences * Self-Referential Sentences: A Follow-Up * On Viral Sentences and Self-Replicating Structures * Nomic: A Self-Modifying Game Based on Reflexivity in Law Sense and Society * World Views in Collision: The Skeptical Inquirer versus the National Enquirer * On Number Numbness * Changes in Default Words and Images, Engendered by Rising Consciousness * A Person Paper on Purity in Language Sparking and Slipping * Pattern, Poetry, and Power in the Music of Frdric Chopin * Parquet Deformations: A Subtle, Intricate Art Form * Stuff and Nonsense * Variations on a Theme as the Crux of Creativity * Metafont, Metamathematics, and Metaphysics Structure and Strangeness * Magic Cubology * On Crossing the Rubicon * Mathematical Chaos and Strange Attractors * Lisp: Atoms and Lists * Lisp: Lists and Recursion * Lisp: Recursion and Generality * Heisenbergs Uncertainty Principle and the Many-Worlds Interpretation of Quantum Mechanics Spirit and Substrate * Review of Alan Turing: The Enigma * A Coffeehouse Conversation on the Turing Test * On the Seeming Paradox of Mechanizing Creativity * Analogies and Roles in Human and Machine Thinking * Who Shoves Whom Around Inside the Careenium? * Waking Up from the Boolean Dream, or Subcognition as Computation Selection and Stability * The Genetic Code: Arbitrary? * Undercut, Flaunt, Pounce, and Mediocrity: Psychological Games with Numbers * The Prisoners Dilemma Computer Tournaments and the Evolution of Cooperation Sanity and Survival * Dilemmas for Superrational Thinkers, Leading Up to a Luring Lottery * Irrationality Is the Square Root of All Evil * The Tale of Happiton * The Tumult of Inner Voices, or, What is the Meaning of the Word I? * Epilogue