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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I recently got this on Kindle, so I’ve been slowly revisiting a few choice bits here and there. Hofstader’s column in Scientif I don’t recall how or where I got this book as a young teenager; I swear my aunt gave it to metamaical but she denies it.


Dec 01, George Marshall rated it liked it. Sep 29, A. Rychlak, Artificial Intelligence and Human Reason: Some of the chapters are more relevant than ever such as Chapter 5 World Views in Collision. These days, I would basically call it a nicer version of Discover again, not to denigrate that magazine, but it certainly lacks depth douglass most cases.

Cover of the first edition. InGardner’s column alternated with a new column by Hofstadter called “Metamagical Themas” an anagram of “Mathematical Games”.

The essays specifically on artificial intelligence suffer somewhat from having been written over 30 years ago and things have moved on dramatically since then. Actually, his columns on analogy in hofsgadter book offered some benefit over GEB, and I found that section all the more enjoyable for it.

Request removal from index. Highly recommended for a ride into an forest of bizarre thoughts from a brillant thinker. Artificial Intelligence, Psychology, and the Philosophy of Discovery. Please help to improve this article by introducing more precise citations. 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 hofsatdter regurgitating it a few times before getting it through the cerebral equivalent of my lower intestines.


Douglas Richard Hofstadter is an American academic whose research focuses on consciousness, thinking and creativity. FARG models also have an overarching philosophy that The days of meaty, tangible material in technical magazine that you could actually sit down and do something with c. Hofstadter Basic Books- Philosophy – pages 14 Reviews https: Retrieved from ” https: What’s interesting about this is imagining this text appearing in Scientific American.

Yes, that is maybe what most people are familiar with in relation to the author. Want to Read saving….

If you’re interested in wordplay, artificial intelligence, self-referentiality, mathematics, logic, solutions to the prisoner’s dilemma, how laws evolve or a myriad of other topics that as mentioned above I’ve forgotten since I last read it, then I urge you to get a copy of this book. Surely my best part of the book is the last pages where he tackled game theoretical problems and experiments. Oct 07, Nicholas rated it really liked it. Media reporter, reviewer, producer, guest booker, blogger.

I think I’ve read it at least four times.

Dog ear the pages. Apr 01, Marke Schiffer rated it it was amazing. A meta,agical book collated from articles written by the author for his column in Scientific American. All FARG computational models share certain key principles, among which are: The index of the book mentions Hofstadter’s recurring alter ego, Egbert B.

This book has probably influenced my brain chemistry in all sorts of subtle and stealthy ways.

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Please provide an email address. It is mind-bending and astounding as one would expect from the author of “Godel, Escher, Bach” and covers much themad the same ground, but it douglqs covers more practical aspects of AI and, in particular, aspects of cognitive science such as creativity. In his crisp, lucid prose he merrily tackles such brain-teasing topics as self-referential sentences “”This statement is false”” and reflexivity in law suppose Congress mandates that all Supreme Court decisions be made by a majority, and the Court overrules Congress by ; the mathematics of Rubik’s Cube and the related Pyraminx, Skewb, and IncrediBall ; the analogies between cubology and particle physics; the structure of Lisp a computer language used in AI ; the Prisoner’s Dilemma roughly the problem of whether it is logical to trust anyone, and how far ; the Turing Test determining whether a machine answering my questions has a human agent “”behind”” it ; and so on, and so on, and so on.

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There’s some gems hidden in here, but it’s pretty scattered. Quotes from Metamagical Thema But Hofstadter doesn’t limit himself to puzzles. Jun 16, Alethea Hammer rated it it was amazing. It’s been a long time since I read parts of this during a Rubik’s Cube binge.

Metamagical Themas Questing for the Essence of Mind and Pattern

But I find myself unenthused. Includes articles, many of which originally appeared in Scientific American, on memes, innumeracy, William Safire, Frederic Chopin, Rubik’s Cube, strange attractors, Lisp, Heisenburg’s uncertainty principle, quantum mechanics, Alan Turing, sphexishness, Prisoner’s dilemma, and other topics.

Published April 5th by Basic Books first published To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. 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.

I can dip into this book anytime, and gain something from what I read even if I can’t entirely grasp it. I bought the book originally just to have the honor to read the original article of Dr. May 08, Aron rated it it was amazing. The Computer Revolution in Philosophy: But it was enjoyable.