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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Sign in to use this feature. This isn’t a joke, it really happened. The best passage ever, is the one that I Another book added to my personal favorite! A couple of the essays seemed a little hotstadter.

It is mind-bending and astounding as one would expect from the author of “Godel, Escher, Bach” and covers much of the same ground, but it also covers more practical aspects of AI and, in particular, aspects of cognitive science such as creativity. This book has probably influenced my brain chemistry in all sorts of subtle and stealthy ways.

The anthology was published in by Basic Books. It also briefly covered robotics and pattern recognition, a subject I did a thesis on metamagidal the late 80’s. An Eternal Golden Braid.

Metamagical Themas Questing for the Essence of Mind and Pattern

This book is just amazing, I liked it even more than the mystical Godel Escher Bach. It wasn’t the giant cohesive work that GEB is, but a lot of the essays were pretty good. Immensely satisfying, but work nonetheless. Highly recommended for a ride into an forest of bizarre thoughts from a brillant thinker.

It A wide-ranging book collated from articles written by the author for his column in Scientific American. This time, I found many of the chapters very dated because the whole field of AI has simply exploded in the intervening years.

But at some point you tire of it. Please provide an email address. Two articles are devoted to Rubik’s Cube and other such puzzles. In any case, readers are free to browse through this astonishingly varied collection until exhaustion, however much tinged with admiration, sets in. So, happy I read it. Apr 23, Michael A. Because I understood almost all of it the very first time through while GEB took me about a year to digest, chewing slowly over each cognitive morsel, sometimes metaphorically regurgitating it a few times before getting it through the cerebral equivalent of my lower intestines.


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Surely my best part of the book is the last pages where he tackled metamagival theoretical problems and experiments. Andrew beedle – – Philosophical Psychology 11 2: I first read this book in the early spring of And 2 It inspired me write my own book about game theory. I recently got this on Kindle, so I’ve been slowly revisiting a few choice bits here and there.

He was initially appointed to the Indiana University’s Computer Science Department faculty inand at that time he launched his research program in computer modeling of mental processes which at that time he called “artificial intelligence research”, a label that he has since dropped in favor of “cognitive science research”. Another book added to my personal favorite! He crusades against sexism in language and gives the participants in a dialogue on thinking machines the neuter names of Pat, Sandy, and Chris ; he offers a lesson in the probabilities of a nuclear doomsday, discusses Chopin scores as complex visual patterns, and puts down some of the loonier champions of parapsychological phenomena.

Maybe it would have been better douglae read all these articles serialized in the magazine, without themax the commentary and post post post scriptums. Do everything you can to get through it. Jul 12, Terry Pearce rated it really liked it. My library Help Advanced Book Search.

Boden – – Cambridge: But even within a single article a particular nail can be hit with a colorful assortment of hammers, pipe-wrenches, violin cases and ant farms.

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

Metamagical Themas is an eclectic collection of articles rouglas Douglas Hofstadter wrote for the popular science magazine Scientific American during the early s.


Sometimes I thought my head was going to explode from the weird wonderfulness of the ideas. Find it on Scholar. Despite the natural and easily-read writing, the book is overall not an easy read due to the depth and complexity of the themes, but it’s well worth the effort.

Basic Books- Philosophy – pages. Actually, his columns on analogy in this book offered some benefit over GEB, and I found that section all the more enjoyable for it. And I can’t put my finger on directly why. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

Metamagical Themas: Questing for the Essence of Mind and Pattern

Some of them were douylas and either made you laugh or think about things you hadn’t before, though a few weren’t as good. Rychlak, Artificial Intelligence and Human Reason: Common terms and phrases abstract achilles actually alphabet amino acid analogy answer anticodon artificial intelligence atom behavior brain called careenium Chopin cognitive column complex concept course creativity CSICOP Cube cubies Epimenides paradox etude example face fact feel Figure function genetic code Godel happens human idea imagine inside intelligence involved kind knobs language themws Lisp logic look machine Magic Magic Cube Martin Gardner mathematical means mechanical METAFONT million mind move Nomic nonsense notion pangram paradox parquet deformations pattern perception perhaps person piece play player Prisoner’s Dilemma problem puzzle Pyraminx quark question readers reason recursive role Rubik’s Cube rules sandy seems self-reference self-referential sense sentence simply Skeptical Inquirer someone sort structure sure symbols symmballs tell things thought tortoise tRNA Turing Turing Test turn twist typefaces visual words write.

Close on five stars, but it can be a little dated and uneven in places reading it in ! Hofstadter Basic Books- Philosophy – pages 14 Reviews https: