“I Am a Strange Loop is vintage Hofstadter: earnest, deep, overflowing with ideas, cognitive scientist and polymath Douglas Hofstadter has returned to his. Scott O’Reilly loops the loop with Douglas Hofstadter. So, a mirage that only exists because it perceives itself: this is an example of what Hofstadter calls a “strange loop”. He has an endearing.

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Douglas Hofstadter’s “I Am a Strange Loop” on the Self

Obviously Hofstadter is a logically-inclined man of good standing He is kind of a dork I mean that as uninsultingly as possible and it shows. Notify me of new posts by email. The thing measured has no moral content at all – not people, not events, not inanimate objects.

Notices of the American Mathematical Society. The Fibonacci series begins somewhat arbitrarily with the numbers 1 and 2.

It was created when Hofstadter said it and someone else heard it. It’s not at all clear to me that this book has any genuine insights to offer, but that may be that it is lost on me as I find his writing style After about pages of reading I still was unsure what the point was supposed to be.

Jul 10, Brady Gunnink rated it it was amazing. If the self is a narrative fiction, then how does it pull the levers which initiate free action? The brain is such a system, but it has so many properties so utterly divergent from formal systems that the analogy is not very instructive. From our Lacan episode and my comparison of Lacan with Sartreyou might think that this “no self” deal was just a Continental idea.

Douglas Hofstadter’s “I Am a Strange Loop” on the Self

So overall, I strage particularly enjoy this one. These things together make the book uninteresting and no fun to read. I don’t agree with all of his conclusions about the looseness of the connection between brain and consciousness and some of his ideas about symbols and the physical structure of the brain hofstdter I don’t think that the loop can escape the system in which it is created, but I applaud Hofsatder for his imagination in creating his theories and explaining them, and especially for his courage in bringing himself fully into the loop.


H should know better than to publish ideas that are half a century out of date.

The core of Hofstadter’s consciousness or self, soul, I is the enormous capacity of the human brain for complex operations, among which are feedback loops hofsyadter grow in number and sophistication until they enable the human consciousness of self, the emergence of an ‘I’, and our ability to conceive of or mirror others in our minds. As we learn about his life, his teenage fascination with self reflective images and the meaning of life, his family, his friends, we get a more complete picture of this wonderful teacher.

Or if you read Aristotle, perhaps a millennia out of date. Doug was the dissertation adviser of David Chalmersand the book is in part a response to Dave’s The Conscious Mind which I discussed with the philosophy of mind Not School group; you can hear part of that here.

I Am a Strange Loop

Still there’s plenty of thought-provoking stuff in the earlier sections, even if much of it is a retread of material he’s covered before it’s been long enough that I was ripe for reruns. In a nutshell, our quandary is this. I tried to find a textual justification for this position wherein he states that, in his estimation, “interiority” is the same or largely corollated to soul size. Whereas a mosquito probably only responds in very predictable and determined ways to stimulus, higher order life “reflects” on stimuli in increasing complicated and diverse ways.

Hofstadter’s first book-length journey into hofstadfer since Godel, Escher, Bach. Nov 30, Randolph rated it really liked it Shelves: How does a thought or idea get transmitted from the non-corporeal plane of mental activity to the decidedly down-and-dirty mass of blood and bone that is human flesh? Hofstadter collects and studies cognitive errors largely, but not solely, speech errors”bon mots” spontaneous humorous quipsand analogies of all sorts, and his long-time observation of these diverse products of cognition, and his theories about the mechanisms that underlie them, have exerted a powerful influence on the architectures of the computational models developed starnge himself and FARG members.


Take for example the work of Terrence Deacon, e. Twenty-eight years ago, Douglas Hofstadter published a book titled “Goedel, Escher, Bach” that earned him instant academic renown and a cultlike following. But don’t expect much more than that. The first third of this book is the Hofstadter that I expected to read – dragging me through a layperson’s guide to prime numbers, squares, the Fibonacci series, Principia Mathematica and Bertrand Russell’s attempt to banish paradox from mathematics, and looo, Godel’s discovery of the ultimate self reflective mathematical string which shattered Russell’s dreams.

I Am A Strange Loop by Douglas Hofstadter | Issue 78 | Philosophy Now

It was shared by Ancient Greek philosophers, pre-industrial tribal groups, perhaps some Shinto sects, and St. He gets a lot of criticism for the amount of himself that he puts in the book.

Now, Hofstadter would surely respond as follows: Strangely Wrong I must suggest something blasphemously arrogant: The epilogue seems to be about the same as the first few chapters. One author I recently spent time studying through the Not School philosophy of mind group is Douglas Hofstadterwho I’m here going to call “Doug” so I don’t have to type and potentially misspell “Hofstadter” 30 times.

As the brain goes, so goes the mind, they say. Tolle declares that the Ego or thinking mind is the cause of all the poisons of our civilization and the only hope for us as a species is to embrace awareness and presence and escape the thinking mind that feeds our needs for material possessions, success, achievement, domination, and so on. It amounts to listening to some friend who got stoned and had an amazing idea.

There are several problems here, however.

FARG models also have an overarching philosophy that