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By Douglas R. Hofstadter

Can inspiration come up out of topic? Can self, soul, attention, “I” come up out of mere topic? If it can't, then how are you going to or I be here?

I Am an odd Loop argues that the main to knowing selves and attention is the “strange loop”—a targeted form of summary suggestions loop inhabiting our brains. the main primary and complicated image on your mind is the single referred to as “I.” The “I” is the nexus in our mind, one of the symbols seeming to have unfastened will and to have won the paradoxical skill to push debris round, instead of the reverse.

How can a mysterious abstraction be real—or is our “I” in simple terms a handy fiction? Does an “I” exert real strength over the debris in our mind, or is it helplessly driven round by way of the legislation of physics?

These are the mysteries tackled in I Am an odd Loop, Douglas Hofstadter's first book-length trip into philosophy because Gödel, Escher, Bach. Compulsively readable and without end thought-provoking, it is a relocating and profound inquiry into the character of mind.

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