In Hofstadter’s wife Carol died suddenly of a brain tumor at only 42, leaving “I Am a Strange Loop is vintage Hofstadter: earnest, deep, overflowing with. Not so fast, protests Pulitzer Prize-winning cognitive scientist Douglas Hofstadter in I Am a Strange Loop – the thoughtful companion to Gödel, Escher, Bach, his. 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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One could make the argument that I’m not qualified to complain about the reasoning going in this book. As Hofstadter himself writes: And then, when perception twists back and focuses on itself, as it inevitably will, you get rich, magical-seeming consequences. There is no free-will because all your brain is doing is weighing pros and cons of various hofatadter and whichever internal symbol gets the most checkmarks wins. Hofstadter takes it for granted that readers must have some line on the spectrum from humans to rocks where they demarcate those living things with souls we care about from those things that don’t have enough of a soul to concern ourselves with.

Like the swirling feedback or the Fibonacci series, we don’t know how it starts, but once started it is self sustaining and permanent – as long as the physical brain continues to hofstadtee normally.

We will essentially be able to see the world through their eyes. Surround yourself with assholes and you might start seeing the world like an asshole.

I Am a Strange Loop

From our Lacan episode and my comparison of Lacan with Sartreyou might think that this “no self” deal was just a Continental idea.

Though the line is kind of arbitrary, it must exist for each person. There has been no AI which has successfully modeled the brain and human intelligence, strang can respond to abstract and arbitrary input and truly “learn”. Is this not a refutation of the idea that small-souled animals are edible? There are truths that can not be proved.

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Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your email address will not be published. Help Center Find new research papers in: The book is heavily annotated, yet it feels like on most of the claims where I seek citations or explanations, those are the lines where no annotations exist. As brains get bigger and more complex, straneg to hold more and more images and symbols, a critical mass is reached and consciousness appears.


The quickest way to refute this claim is with dyslexia, where a concrete word, number or shape is viewed completely differently by a dyslexic brain as compared to a normal brain.

Articles with short description Pages to import images to Wikidata All stub articles. Along the way we learned th I agree.

This Strange Loop is literally a moral construction, a consequence of the very metric of souledness that Hofstader chooses. This, I think, is what he meant to illustrate with his insistence that some animals don’t have “souls” or “interiority. The last hundred pages or so of the book annoyed m The meat of this book, which uses an analogy with Godel’s critique of the Principia Mathematica to explain how the concept strangee an “I” might be an emergent phenomenon of self referential loops in the brain, is interesting.

The Feeling of What Happens: He makes some bold claims about the nature of consciousness, but he doesn’t use his terms and concepts rigorously enough to keep his arguments straight, and he doesn’t do much work to back them up anyway. I may not understand myself, and for all of these thinkers you as an observer may understand me better than I do myself, but such self-deception doesn’t seem entailed by the self-symbol idea itself.

Our concepts are built up this way: But again I fail hoffstadter see the significance.

FARG models also have an overarching philosophy that Hofstadter has a new book due out at the end of April after several postponements on Starnge Yet Hofstadter readily acknowledges that when we shift our attention to the macroscopic everyday world, invoking free will or hhofstadter intention of an agent is frequently the most expeditious and justified way of arriving at an explanation of the behavior in question.

He is a master of metaphor and analogy, eschewing a microscopic understanding of how the brain works to giving a sensible, rational though revolutionary macroscopic explanation of what we commonly refer to as “the soul”.

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And what an interesting world. This rings false to me because who is to say that my wife has truly internalized my actually thought process or even emotive reaction to such an external stimulus.


Hofstadter also believes that the pattern of symbolic activity that makes me who I am, that constitutes my specific subjectivity, can be instantiated within the brains of others. That is, if their logical activity was organized in an equivalent way, silicon chips could support consciousness just as neurons do.

What is the mechanism that bridges the gap between the world of spirit and the world of flesh?

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

If you know someone really well, have a really developed sense of them, then you can, in effect, shift your perceptions so you’re thinking about the contents of your experience as you think they would.

So in that way it was personally transformative.

So it is with nothing but complete affection that I say many, many, many philosophers- particularly modern, male philosophers- are total fucking assholes who I will happily argue do not possess souls and as such have no business talking about them. So overall, I didn’t particularly enjoy hofsradter one.

Himself a strict vegetarian for many years, he suggests meat eaters are less human than he is, because they seem not to be bothered by eating that which once represented a conscious and semi-sentient being. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. H should know better than to publish ideas that are half a century out of date. You can take it as a general rule that when someone puts a stake in the ground and says “this is where humans are different from animals,” that in short order a bunch animals will be found that infringe upon that boundary.

Yofstadter me your world, Douglas. Might we not lead ourselves into error by assuming that human consciousness is the highest attainment yet along a one-dimensional scale running from ‘no soul’ to ‘maximum soul?

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