- Paperback: 512 pages
- Publisher: Basic Books (17 Jan. 2001)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0465030912
- ISBN-13: 978-0465030910
- Product Dimensions: 15.7 x 3.5 x 23.4 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
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The Mind's I: Fantasies and Reflections on Self and Soul Paperback – 17 Jan 2001
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About the Author
Douglas R. Hofstadter is College Professor of Cognitive Science and Computer Science at Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana. His previous books are the Pulitzer Prizewinning Gödel, Escher, Bach Metamagical Themas, The Mind's I, Fluid Concepts and Creative Analogies, Le Ton Beau de Marot, and Eugene Onegin. Daniel C. Dennett is Distinguished Arts and Sciences Professor, Professor of Philosophy, and Director of the centre for Cognitive Studies at Tufts University.
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Top Customer Reviews
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. Turing felt that the final difference between machine-thinking, once it had reached full potential, and human thinking would be that humans have the capacity for ESP and other such abilities.Read more ›
Just don't expect to find the answers.
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I recommend grabbing "I am a strange loop" also, they go very well together. I love this sort of thing, so I am biased towards a five star review...Published 9 months ago by Phillip Carter
I read this when it was first issued and bought this one for a younger relative who seemed interested in what 'I' is. It was very well recived.Published 17 months ago by Mrs P.
I found the book terrific because it takes so many approaches to the theme of self and soul. The articles are chosen well and basically each and everyone will take you on a little... Read morePublished on 10 Oct. 2010 by Lenard Denes