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Godel, Escher, Bach
     

Godel, Escher, Bach

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by Douglas R. 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

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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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Charles McGrath
...[E]normous and ingenious essay on Godel's theorem. -- The New York Times Books of the Century

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ISBN-13:
9780465026852
Publisher:
Basic Books
Publication date:
05/31/1979
Pages:
432

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