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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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 top If I was forced to choose only one book to take to a desert island and couldn’t choose a book that explained, in great detail, how to survive on a desert island then this is the book I’d choose.

A couple of the essays seemed a little dated. Metamagical Themas is an eclectic collection of articles that Douglas Hofstadter wrote for the popular science magazine Scientific American during the early s. Hofstadter on Superrationality in game theory, and I was completely stunned by the diversity of articles presented in the metamagkcal.

Metamagical Themas Questing for the Essence of Mind and Pattern

The days of meaty, tangible material in technical magazine that you could actually sit down and do something with c. While I have fond memories of what SciAm used to be, it’s hard to gel that with the image of SciAm that I currently have in my head.


Hofstadter’s many interests include music, visual art, hodstadter mind, creativity, consciousness, self-reference, translation and mathematics.

More accessible than GEB. A collection of Hofstadter’s columns written for the Scientific American. Optimization and Quantization in Gradient Symbol Systems: In any case, readers are free to browse through this astonishingly varied collection until exhaustion, however much tinged with admiration, sets in.

Philosophy of Artificial Intelligence: Inhe moved to the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, where he was hired as a professor of psychology and was also appointed to the Walgreen Chair for the Study of Human Understanding.

Metamagical Themas: Questing for the Essence of Mind and Pattern

Douglas grew up on the campus of Stanford University, where his father was a professor. If you love that, then read this, which is mostly a collection of the author’s columns from Scientific American.

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It did feel a slight shame that the topic I most enjoyed self-reference was the first in the book – that led to a slight feeling of everything being downhill from there on, bu A collection of Hofstadter’s columns of the same name for Scientific American.

It presents a sort of preview to the kind of dueling realities we see online every day now. This book has probably influenced my brain chemistry in all sorts of subtle and stealthy ways.

Want to Read saving…. This book is hofstadher collection of Hofstader’s essays and columns, many of which were published in Scientific American.


Apr 15, Dan Cohen rated it really liked it Shelves: The Copycat project was subsequently extended under the name “Metacat” by Hofstadter’s doctoral student James Marshall. Apr 03, Sara rated it really liked it. February Learn how and when to remove this template message.

Write in the margins. Request removal from index. 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.

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It’s really interesting how much Hofstadter and many other people at the time these articles were written worried about nuclear proliferation.

It really helped me even after Godel, Escher, Bach understand more about intelligence and the ideas hofstadted must lie behind artificial or non-human intelligence and why full AI is so hard. Jul 09, Tatiana rated it it was amazing Shelves: I recently got this on Kindle, so I’ve been slowly revisiting a few choice bits here and there. Philosophy Science and Models of Mind. I first read this book in the early spring of