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Minds I Paperback – 1 Dec 1986

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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: E Bantam Books (1 Dec. 1986)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553343432
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553343434
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 15.2 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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By Kurt Messick HALL OF FAME on 20 April 2006
Format: Hardcover
After writing the magnificent `Godel, Escher, Bach', for which he won a Pulitzer Prize, computer scientist Douglas Hofstadter (a professor at my alma mater, Indiana University) collaborated with philosopher Daniel Dennett on this anthology of essays and stories that explore the areas of human and artificial intelligence.

What is the mind? What is the self? Is there really a soul? Are feelings and emotions artificial constructs of information bits inside of us, and if so, is it possible that machines can think and feel for themselves?

For that matter, do we truly think and feel for ourselves?

Hofstadter and Dennett have selected pieces that approach these questions from many angles, from hard-science observational techniques to spirituality dimensions in stories. Each piece is followed by a reflection that sets the context of the piece in relation to the larger question of intelligence.

Contributors include mathematician Rudy Rucker (`Infinity and the Mind'), philosophers Raymond Smullyan (perhaps best known for logic puzzles) and Robert Nozick, literary figures such as Jorge Luis Borges and Stanislaw Lem, and pioneers in the field such as Alan Turing.

The editors use a section of Turing's early article on `Computing Machinery and Intelligence' from 1950 to set up much of the subsequent discussion. One often overlooked idea from Turing, oddly popular among British scholars of the first half of the twentieth century (and still more prevalent among British scholars and intellectuals than those of other cultures) is the idea of ESP and paranormal abilities.
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In the spirit of OMNI... 28 Jan. 2013
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The selections and personal writings in this compilation will appeal to lovers of the now-gone OMNI magazine. Hofstadter brings to light important ideas of what "consciousness" might be in certain frames of reference.
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Not in Good Condition 18 July 2013
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I bought this book in good condition. It has yellowing pages, water stains, and pages ready to fall out. I would hardly classify that as "good".
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