In The Essence of Thought, Hofstadter and Sander show how analogy-making pervades our thought at all levels—indeed, that we make analogies not once a day or once an hour, but many times per second. Thus, analogy is the mechanism that, silently and hidden, chooses our words and phrases for us when we speak, frames how we understand the most banal everyday situation, guides us in unfamiliar situations, and gives rise to great acts of imagination.
We categorize because of analogies that range from simple to subtle, and thus our categories, throughout our lives, expand and grow ever more fluid. Through examples galore and lively prose peppered, needless to say, with analogies large and small, Hofstadter and Sander offer us a new way of thinking about thinking.
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It should be no surprise that our ability to use language expands and becomes more discriminating with education and experience. And on this particular point Surfaces and Essences exposes its seams and falls apart.Read Full Review of Surfaces and Essences: Analog... | See more reviews from NY Journal of Books
...lacks the "cleverness" that is frequently a part of Mr. Hofstadter's writing and that can be distracting.Read Full Review of Surfaces and Essences: Analog... | See more reviews from WSJ online
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