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.

Metamagical Themas

Author: Douglas Hofstadter
Publisher: Hachette UK
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.

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.

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.

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 Mind s I

Author: Douglas R. Hofstadter
Publisher: Basic Books (AZ)
ISBN: 0465030912
Release Date: 2000
Genre: Philosophy

Essays from some of the 20th century's greatest thinkers explore topics as diverse as artificial intelligence, evolution, science fiction, philosophy, reductionism, and consciousness, presenting a variety of conflicting visions of the self and the soul. Illustrations.

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

Digital Wilderness

Author: F.L. Ciano
Publisher: FriesenPress
ISBN: 9781460249505
Release Date: 2014-07-28
Genre: Fiction

Edward Phillips is at the top of his career at Virton Technologies developing cutting edge software systems for government contractors. His biggest stress is dodging the growing pressure he’s been getting from, Gabriella, his long-time girlfriend. She wants him to settle down, get married and have kids. Life is good, but is he ready for the big commitment? The stakes change drastically when Edward accepts a sudden promotion to the corporate headquarters in Boston, taking him away from his tough personal decisions and introducing him to the mysterious Human Augmentation Digital Interface project. At first, HADI appears to be the perfect software to evolve humanity, touted to help the disabled walk again, allow the deaf to hear and the blind to see. Then, Edward meets Noc. Suddenly Edward discovers that this benevolent technology has a steep price and he is thrown into a lethal game of corporate espionage that leads to a nationwide manhunt for a deadly spy, a charge his enemies are intent to pin on him. Edward must sacrifice his freedom and risk everything he loves if he hopes to thwart Virton’s psychotic mastermind and save humanity from an insidious tool that will be able to control our very minds.

Something Incredibly Wonderful Happens

Author: K. C. Cole
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
ISBN: 9780226009360
Release Date: 2012-09-01
Genre: Biography & Autobiography

How do we reclaim our innate enchantment with the world? And how can we turn our natural curiosity into a deep, abiding love for knowledge? Frank Oppenheimer, the younger brother of the physicist J. Robert Oppenheimer, was captivated by these questions, and used his own intellectual inquisitiveness to found the Exploratorium, a powerfully influential museum of human awareness in San Francisco, that encourages play, creativity, and discovery—all in the name of understanding. In this elegant biography, K. C. Cole investigates the man behind the museum with sharp insight and deep sympathy. The Oppenheimers were a family with great wealth and education, and Frank, like his older brother, pursued a career in physics. But while Robert was unceasingly ambitious, and eventually came to be known for his work on the atomic bomb, Frank’s path as a scientist was much less conventional. His brief fling with the Communist Party cost him his position at the University of Minnesota, and he subsequently spent a decade ranching in Colorado before returning to teaching. Once back in the lab, however, Frank found himself moved to create something to make the world meaningful after the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. He was inspired by European science museums, and he developed a dream of teaching Americans about science through participatory museums. Thus was born the magical world of the Exploratorium, forever revolutionizing not only the way we experience museums, but also science education for years to come. Cole has brought this charismatic and dynamic figure to life with vibrant prose and rich insight into Oppenheimer as both a scientist and an individual.

Society Of Mind

Author: Marvin Minsky
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 9780671657130
Release Date: 1988-03-15
Genre: Psychology

An authority on artificial intelligence introduces a theory that explores the workings of the human mind and the mysteries of thought

Intuition Pumps And Other Tools for Thinking

Author: Daniel C. Dennett
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
ISBN: 9780393348781
Release Date: 2014-05-05
Genre: Philosophy

The philosophy professor behind Breaking the Spell and Consciousness Explained offers exercises and tools to stretch the mind, offering new ways to consider, discuss and argue positions on dangerous subject matter including evolution, the meaning of life and free will.

Handbook of Cubik Math

Author: Alexander H. Frey
Publisher:
ISBN: 0718892097
Release Date: 2010
Genre: Mathematics

Thousands of people now are able to solve Rubik's Cube, but the solution manuals they have been using do not offer descriptions for why or how these solutions work. This book supplies an easy-to-understand explanation of appropriate mathematical formulas.

A Bouquet for the Gardener

Author: Douglas Hofstadter
Publisher:
ISBN: 0930326172
Release Date: 2011
Genre: Biography & Autobiography

Includes reminiscences, a festschrift, and the final annotations Gardner made to the Alice books post 'definitive edition,' and an authoritative bibliography of his Carroll-related writings.

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.