Metamagical Themas: Questing For The Essence Of Mind And


Metamagical Themas: Questing For The Essence Of Mind And Pattern [PDF / Epub] ✅ Metamagical Themas: Questing For The Essence Of Mind And Pattern ⚣ Douglas R. Hofstadter – Thomashillier.co.uk Hofstadter s collection of quirky essays is unified by its primary concern to examine the way people perceive and think Hofstadter s collection of quirky essays is Questing For ePUB ☆ unified by its primary concern to examine Metamagical Themas: PDF \ the way people perceive and think.


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  1. Paul Sánchez Keighley Paul Sánchez Keighley says:

    This is the self referential sex hotline, where people who suffer from premature ejaculation finish after hearing the antecedent of this description How can I help youHi It s my first time, so I m not very sure how this works This sentence would inform you someone else is available if it didn t end in a full stop. I m sorry, who is available I m implying you ll have self referential sex with me. Dirty Go on With this sentence I m beginning the foreplay to the self referential pho This is the self referential sex hotline, where people who suffer from premature ejaculation finish after hearing the antecedent of this description How can I help youHi It s my first time, so I m not very sure how this works This sentence would inform you someone else is available if it didn t end in a full stop. I m sorry, who is available I m implying you ll have self referential sex with me. Dirty Go on With this sentence I m beginning the foreplay to the self referential phone sex. Oh yes The tone in which this statement is pronounced is intended to make you feel horny. You better believe it s working Tell me what you re wearing I am not telling you what I am wearing. That s so hot I am thinking of something to say but am in fact telling you something else. Oh yes, don t stop Tell me it s your first time I am telling you it s my first time. Go on If it ismy first time, the last sentence I said is not true. Oh, GodThis sentence is chromatic. Epimenides paradox, give me an Epimenides paradox All self referential sex hotline workers are liars. Yes, yes, use mention distinction, go onMy voice doesn t turn you on, but my voice does. Oooh, argh click, beep, beep, beep


  2. Andrew Breslin Andrew Breslin says:

    While this is clearly not a better book than the incomparable Godel Escher Bach, I would have to say that I enjoyed itBecause I understood almost all of it the very first time through while GEB took me about a year to digest, chewing slowly over each cognitive morsel, sometimes metaphorically regurgitating it a few times before getting it through the cerebral equivalent of my lower intestines Metamagical Themas is food for thought, but it s simple sugars, perhaps a fruit smoothie to GE While this is clearly not a better book than the incomparable Godel Escher Bach, I would have to say that I enjoyed itBecause I understood almost all of it the very first time through while GEB took me about a year to digest, chewing slowly over each cognitive morsel, sometimes metaphorically regurgitating it a few times before getting it through the cerebral equivalent of my lower intestines Metamagical Themas is food for thought, but it s simple sugars, perhaps a fruit smoothie to GEB s heavy proteins and complex carbohydrates GEB was work to read Immensely satisfying, but work nonetheless This was a stroll in the park by comparison, and what a delightful park indeed This book introduced me to many fascinating concepts, and had a lasting influence on me in two significant ways 1 I tried to develop my very own personal font And 2 It inspired me write my own book about game theory I finished writing the book The font remains an unrealized fantasy But definitely something with serifs The title, by the way, is an anagram of Mathematical Games This is appropriate, because games are, by definition, fun And you d have to look far and wide to find so much fun in mathematics


  3. Neil Neil says:

    I don t recall how or where I got this book as a young teenager I swear my aunt gave it to me but she denies it This book is a collection of Hofstader s essays and columns, many of which were published in Scientific American I d say the first time I read this book I understood about an eighth of what he was talking about I dare say if I read it again I might barely be above half Not because the writing is difficult, but because the topics are diverse and deep Hofstader s column in Scientif I don t recall how or where I got this book as a young teenager I swear my aunt gave it to me but she denies it This book is a collection of Hofstader s essays and columns, many of which were published in Scientific American I d say the first time I read this book I understood about an eighth of what he was talking about I dare say if I read it again I might barely be above half Not because the writing is difficult, but because the topics are diverse and deep Hofstader s column in Scientific American was intended to bridge the literary and the scientific, and does The book titled after the column contains essays on self referential sentences The reader of this sentence exists only while reading me is one of my favorites the mathematics of Frederic Chopin s compositions a taxonomy of Rubik s Cube variations the emerging studies of chaos and compexity metafonts artificial intelligence and machine learning what the word I means and a deep study of the mechanics and ethics of cooperation This book was probably the most influential book I read growing up, as I think it set me on the path to study computer science But its effect was even broader Metamagical Themas encouraged me to play with ideas, with words and with the world around me


  4. Peter (Pete) Mcloughlin Peter (Pete) Mcloughlin says:

    This book is as good as Godel, Escher, and Bach 1979 because it goes Meta with the material It is a collection of articles that Hofstadter wrote for the Scientific American magazine in the early 1980s after his hit with Godel, Escher, and Bach It explores a myriad of topics related to the original plus his fears of the day like sexism and the nuclear arms race and of course, the philosophical and mathematical ideas are timeless and perennial.


  5. Sara Sara says:

    This book is huge like a massive dictionary and packed with a bunch of essays on a range of topics too broad to even try to describe Some of them were great and either made you laugh or think about things you hadn t before, though a few weren t as good But overall, if you can make it through this book, it s worth the interesting journey.


  6. Thomas Thomas says:

    While this is not exactly a review, I thought I d leave a few comments here I recently got this on Kindle, so I ve been slowly revisiting a few choice bits here and there For what it s worth, I was dumbfounded to see this was available on Kindle Given that his most popular and best selling book G del, Escher, Bach is still not available for Kindle, I took it for granted that none of his books were available on Kindle except, perhaps, I am a Strange Loop, published, if I recall correctly, aft While this is not exactly a review, I thought I d leave a few comments here I recently got this on Kindle, so I ve been slowly revisiting a few choice bits here and there For what it s worth, I was dumbfounded to see this was available on Kindle Given that his most popular and best selling book G del, Escher, Bach is still not available for Kindle, I took it for granted that none of his books were available on Kindle except, perhaps, I am a Strange Loop, published, if I recall correctly, after Kindles were already on the market.Anyway, after downloading this, I started flipping through the chapters wondering which I should reread and was a bit stunned to be reminded that there are 3 chapters on Lisp What s interesting about this is imagining this text appearing in Scientific American 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 The days of meaty, tangible material in technical magazine that you could actually sit down and do something with c.f., Byte , seem so long ago Make and the recently deceased, in print format, Linux Journal, not withstanding that it s hard to picture actual articles on Lisp appearing in what was, in fact, a fairly popular science magazine This is not to say that SciAm is not still of good quality, but it s certainly a very different beast than what it used to be These days, I would basically call it a nicer version of Discover again, not to denigrate that magazine, but it certainly lacks depth in most cases.To be continued


  7. Nicholas Nicholas says:

    This is mostly a collection of Hofstadter s Scientific American columns As a result the content is evendiverse in this book than in G del, Escher, Bach, and reading a few columns in a row left me a little bewildered A couple of the essays seemed a little dated For example, he gives a discussion of large numbers with frequent references to Rubik s Cube but maybe my dislike of the reference is just because I m terrible at that thing.That said, Hofstadter is a wonderfully imaginative a This is mostly a collection of Hofstadter s Scientific American columns As a result the content is evendiverse in this book than in G del, Escher, Bach, and reading a few columns in a row left me a little bewildered A couple of the essays seemed a little dated For example, he gives a discussion of large numbers with frequent references to Rubik s Cube but maybe my dislike of the reference is just because I m terrible at that thing.That said, Hofstadter is a wonderfully imaginative and entertaining writer, and there were some themes underlying the whole book which anybody familiar with Hofstadter will be able to guess, such as the nature of intelligence and consciousness and the concept of self reference Each essay is small and self contained, making this book one I will feel comfortable going back to and re reading


  8. Tatiana Tatiana says:

    The thing I loved about this one is the playfulness involved Sometimes I thought my head was going to explode from the weird wonderfulness of the ideas The two chapters on self referential sentences were absolutely delightful Some I recall It goes without saying that Let us make a new convention that any thing shown in triple quotes, for instance I ve changed my mind, when you reach the close of the triple quotes, just go directly to the period at the end of the sentence, and ignore eve The thing I loved about this one is the playfulness involved Sometimes I thought my head was going to explode from the weird wonderfulness of the ideas The two chapters on self referential sentences were absolutely delightful Some I recall It goes without saying that Let us make a new convention that any thing shown in triple quotes, for instance I ve changed my mind, when you reach the close of the triple quotes, just go directly to the period at the end of the sentence, and ignore everything up to that point should not even be read or given the slightest attention, much less actually obeyed Yields falsehood when preceded by its quotation yields falsehood when preceded by its quotation.Definitely a great read


  9. Jimi Olivo Jimi Olivo says:

    I d always wanted to solve the Rubik s Cube Then, while reading his chapter on the principles of the cube, specifically Partial Inverses , I had the flash of insight I needed, and BLAMMO cube solved This isn t a joke, it really happened.I expect most people will have similar flashes of insight in every chapter Buy this book Read it Forget treating it well Destroy the book while reading it Take it to the beach Write in the margins Scribble out words and replace them with improved appro I d always wanted to solve the Rubik s Cube Then, while reading his chapter on the principles of the cube, specifically Partial Inverses , I had the flash of insight I needed, and BLAMMO cube solved This isn t a joke, it really happened.I expect most people will have similar flashes of insight in every chapter Buy this book Read it Forget treating it well Destroy the book while reading it Take it to the beach Write in the margins Scribble out words and replace them with improved approximations Spill coffee on it Throw it against the wall Forget you left it on the bed and fuck on it Dog ear the pages Skip chapters and never look back you ll be back.Do everything you can to get through it No judgments Feeling comfortable with these ideas will enrich your life


  10. Michael A. Michael A. says:

    Pick up this book, and you will find yourself returning to it again and again Not only is Metamagical Themas a great source and resource in itself, but it will lead you to other fascinating books to wit books that deal not only with science but with literature and music I owe Hofstadter a debt of gratitude for providing me with his wonderful introduction to the works of Allen Wheelis.


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