G del Escher Bach

Author: Douglas R. Hofstadter
Publisher: Vintage
ISBN: 0394745027
Release Date: 1980
Genre: Artificial intelligence

"A metaphorical fugue on minds and machines in the manner of Lewis Carroll"--Cover subtitle.

G del Escher Bach

Author: Douglas R. Hofstadter
Publisher: Penguin Group(CA)
ISBN: 0140289208
Release Date: 2000
Genre: Art and music

'What is a self and how can a self come out of inanimate matter?' This is the riddle that drove Douglas Hofstadter to write this extraordinary book. In order to impart his original and personal view on the core mystery of human existence - our intangible sensation of 'I'-ness - Hofstadter defines the playful yet seemingly paradoxical notion of 'strange loop', and explicates this idea using analogies from many disciplines.

I Am a Strange Loop

Author: Douglas R. Hofstadter
Publisher: Basic Books
ISBN: 9780465030781
Release Date: 2007
Genre: Philosophy

An original, endlessly thought-provoking, and controversial look at the nature of consciousness and identity argues that the key to understanding selves and consciousness is the "strange loop," a special kind of abstract feedback loop inhabiting our brains.

Metamagical Themas

Author: Douglas Hofstadter
Publisher: Basic Books
ISBN: 9780786723867
Release Date: 2008-08-04
Genre: Psychology

Hofstadter’s collection of quirky essays is unified by its primary concern: to examine the way people perceive and think.

Surfaces and Essences

Author: Douglas Hofstadter
Publisher: Basic Books
ISBN: 9780465018475
Release Date: 2013-04-23
Genre: Philosophy

Shows how analogy-making pervades human thought at all levels, influencing the choice of words and phrases in speech, providing guidance in unfamiliar situations, and giving rise to great acts of imagination.

The Mind s I

Author: Douglas R. Hofstadter
Publisher: Bantam Dell Publishing Group
ISBN: 0553345842
Release Date: 1982
Genre: Philosophy

Brilliant, shattering, mind-jolting, "The Mind's I" is a searching, probing nook--a cosmic journey of the mind--that goes deeply into the problem of self and self-consciousness as anything written in our time. From verbalizing chimpanzees to scientific speculations involving machines with souls, from the mesmerizing, maze-like fiction of Borges to the tantalizing, dreamlike fiction of Lem and Princess Ineffable, her circuits glowing read and gold, "The Mind's I " opens the mind to the Black Box of fantasy, to the windfalls of reflection, to new dimensions of exciting possibilities.

The Annotated Turing

Author: Charles Petzold
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 9780470229057
Release Date: 2008-06-16
Genre: Computers

Provides an expansion of Turing's original paper, a brief look at his life, and information on the Turing machine and computability topics.

Godel s Proof

Author: Ernest Nagel
Publisher: NYU Press
ISBN: 9780814758373
Release Date: 2008-01-01
Genre: Mathematics

“Come to me, all you that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.”Mathew 11:28 (AKJV) In the early 1990s, a grassroots coalition of churches in Baltimore, Maryland helped launch what would become a national movement. Joining forces with labor and low-wage worker organizations, they passed the first municipal living wage ordinance. Since then, over 144 municipalities and counties as well as numerous universities and local businesses in the United States have enacted such ordinances. Although religious persons and organizations have been important both in the origins of the living wage movement and in its continuing success, they are often ignored or under analyzed. Drawing on participant observation in multiple cities, All You That Labor analyzes and evaluates the contributions of religious activists to the movement. The book explores the ways religious organizations do this work in concert with low-wage workers, the challenges religious activists face, and how people of faith might better nurture moral agency in relation to the political economy. Ultimately, C. Melissa Snarr provides clarity on how to continue to cultivate, renew, and expand religious resources dedicated to the moral agency of low-wage workers and their allies.

Le Ton Beau de Marot

Author: Douglas R. Hofstadter
Publisher: Basic Books (AZ)
ISBN: 0465086454
Release Date: 1998-05
Genre: Language Arts & Disciplines

Analyzes the various translations of an obscure French poem to show the endless complexity of humans and their languages

The Emperor s New Mind

Author: Roger Penrose
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9780198784920
Release Date: 2016
Genre: Computers

For many decades, the proponents of `artificial intelligence' have maintained that computers will soon be able to do everything that a human can do. In his bestselling work of popular science, Sir Roger Penrose takes us on a fascinating tour through the basic principles of physics, cosmology, mathematics, and philosophy to show that human thinking can never be emulated by a machine. Oxford Landmark Science books are 'must-read' classics of modern science writing which have crystallized big ideas, and shaped the way we think.

Fluid Concepts and Creative Analogies

Author: Douglas R. Hofstadter
Publisher:
ISBN: 0140258353
Release Date: 1998
Genre: Analogy

Hosftadter and his colleagues at The Fluid Analogies Research Group have developed computer models that help describe and explain human discovery, creation and analogical thought. The key issue of perception is investigated through the exploration of playful anagrams, number puzzles, word play and fanciful alphabetical styles, and the result is a survey of cognitive processes. This text presents the results.

The Seven Mysteries of Life

Author: Guy Murchie
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
ISBN: 0395957915
Release Date: 1999
Genre: Science

Mixing science with philosophy, the author contemplates what he perceives to be the seven mysteries of life, ranging from evolution to divinity