Metamagical Themas

Questing For The Essence Of Mind And Pattern
Author: Douglas Hofstadter
Publisher: Basic Books
ISBN: 0786723866
Category: Psychology
Page: 880
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Hofstadter’s collection of quirky essays is unified by its primary concern: to examine the way people perceive and think.

Metamagical Themas

Questing For The Essence Of Mind And Pattern
Author: Douglas Hofstadter
Publisher: Hachette UK
ISBN: 0786723866
Category: Psychology
Page: 880
View: 508

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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: 0465030785
Category: Philosophy
Page: 412
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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

Analogy as the Fuel and Fire of Thinking
Author: Douglas Hofstadter,Emmanuel Sander
Publisher: Basic Books
ISBN: 0465018475
Category: Philosophy
Page: 592
View: 9313

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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

Fantasies and Reflections on Self and Soul
Author: Douglas R. Hofstadter,Daniel Clement Dennett
Publisher: Basic Books (AZ)
ISBN: 9780465030910
Category: Philosophy
Page: 501
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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.

Fluid Concepts and Creative Analogies

Computer Models of the Fundamental Mechanisms of Thought
Author: Douglas R. Hofstadter
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9780140258356
Category: Analogy
Page: 518
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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.

Godel's Proof


Author: Ernest Nagel,James Roy Newman
Publisher: NYU Press
ISBN: 0814758371
Category: Mathematics
Page: 129
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“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

In Praise of the Music of Language
Author: Douglas R. Hofstadter
Publisher: Basic Books (AZ)
ISBN: 9780465086450
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
Page: 632
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Analyzes the various translations of an obscure French poem to show the endless complexity of humans and their languages

Society Of Mind


Author: Marvin Minsky
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 0671657135
Category: Psychology
Page: 339
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An authority on artificial intelligence introduces a theory that explores the workings of the human mind and the mysteries of thought

Exact Thinking in Demented Times

The Vienna Circle and the Epic Quest for the Foundations of Science
Author: Karl Sigmund
Publisher: Basic Books
ISBN: 0465096964
Category: Philosophy
Page: 480
View: 6863

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A dazzling group biography of the early twentieth-century thinkers who transformed the way the world thought about math and science Inspired by Albert Einstein's theory of relativity and Bertrand Russell and David Hilbert's pursuit of the fundamental rules of mathematics, some of the most brilliant minds of the generation came together in post-World War I Vienna to present the latest theories in mathematics, science, and philosophy and to build a strong foundation for scientific investigation. Composed of such luminaries as Kurt Gödel and Rudolf Carnap, and stimulated by the works of Ludwig Wittgenstein and Karl Popper, the Vienna Circle left an indelible mark on science. Exact Thinking in Demented Times tells the often outrageous, sometimes tragic, and never boring stories of the men who transformed scientific thought. A revealing work of history, this landmark book pays tribute to those who dared to reinvent knowledge from the ground up.

Shadows of the Mind

A Search for the Missing Science of Consciousness
Author: Roger Penrose
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
ISBN: 9780195106466
Category: Computers
Page: 457
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Presenting a look at the human mind's capacity while criticizing artificial intelligence, the author makes suggestions about classical and quantum physics and the role of microtubules

The Evolution of Cooperation

Revised Edition
Author: Robert Axelrod
Publisher: Basic Books
ISBN: 0786734884
Category: Political Science
Page: 304
View: 811

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The Evolution of Cooperation provides valuable insights into the age-old question of whether unforced cooperation is ever possible. Widely praised and much-discussed, this classic book explores how cooperation can emerge in a world of self-seeking egoists-whether superpowers, businesses, or individuals-when there is no central authority to police their actions. The problem of cooperation is central to many different fields. Robert Axelrod recounts the famous computer tournaments in which the "cooperative” program Tit for Tat recorded its stunning victories, explains its application to a broad spectrum of subjects, and suggests how readers can both apply cooperative principles to their own lives and teach cooperative principles to others.

Handbook of Cubik Math


Author: Alexander H. Frey,David Singmaster
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9780718892098
Category: Mathematics
Page: 183
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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

Martin Gardner Remembered
Author: Douglas Hofstadter,Mark Burstein,Martin Gardner
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9780930326173
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 250
View: 1876

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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.

Great Principles of Computing


Author: Peter J. Denning,Craig H. Martell,Vint Cerf
Publisher: MIT Press
ISBN: 026252712X
Category: Computers
Page: 320
View: 9051

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A new framework for understanding computing: a coherent set of principles spanning technologies, domains, algorithms, architectures, and designs.

Intuition Pumps And Other Tools for Thinking


Author: Daniel C. Dennett
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
ISBN: 0393348784
Category: Philosophy
Page: 512
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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.

Rigid Flexibility

The Logic of Intelligence
Author: Pei Wang
Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
ISBN: 1402050453
Category: Computers
Page: 402
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This book is the most comprehensive description of the decades-long Non-Axiomatic Reasoning System (NARS) project, including its philosophical foundation, methodological consideration, conceptual design details, implications in the related fields, and its similarities and differences to many related works in cognitive science. While most current works in Artificial Intelligence (AI) focus on individual aspects of intelligence and cognition, NARS is designed and developed to attack the AI problem as a whole.

The Complete Manual of Typography

A Guide to Setting Perfect Type
Author: James Felici
Publisher: Adobe Press
ISBN: 9780321773265
Category: Computers
Page: 374
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This book is about how type should look and how to make it look that way--in other words, how to set type like a professional. It explains in practical terms how to use today's digital tools to achieve the secret of good design: well set type. An essential reference for anyone who works with type: designers, print production professionals, and corporate communications managers can go to straight to the index to find focused answers to specific questions, while educators and students can read it as a text book from cover to cover.