Gödel, Escher, Bach by Douglas R. Hofstadter
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Douglas Hofstadter’s book is concerned directly with the nature of “maps” or links between formal systems. However, according to Hofstadter, the formal system that underlies all mental activity transcends the system that supports it. If life can grow out of the formal chemical substrate of the cell, if consciousness can emerge out of a formal system of firing neurons, then so too will computers attain human intelligence. Gödel Escher and Bach is a wonderful exploration of fascinating ideas at the heart of cognitive science: meaning, reduction, recursion, and much more.
 

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Douglas Hofstadter is professor of computer science and cognitive science at Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana.
 
Published May 31, 1979 by Basic Books. 776 pages
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Take it to the lunatic extreme : suppose every single senator and congressperson votes as a unit to somehow stop this - does anyone think that these people will stop then?.

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