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  • 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
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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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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. 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.
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I love this book. It is intensely thought provoking and at the same time highly entertaining. No small feat! This book deals with the philosophy of mind and consciousness through a series of short fictional and non-fiction works, each of which are a brilliant read whether or not you have studied philosophy. If you have ever wondered what the mind is or whether or not we have a soul then you must read this book.
Just don't expect to find the answers.
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This bright-eyed, bushy-tailed beast gets a reissue. (Though not the revamp it probably needed. Raymond Smullyan still touchingly believes in free will!) Once found on every self-respecting [male] student's shelf alongside Generation X, Zen and the Art of MM, Hitchhiker's Guide.. Siddhartha? Jonathan Livingston Seagull?? OK, I've got my timescales a bit muddled but you get the idea. Science? Philosophy? Who cares! Somewhat too new-agey and speculative for me, no doubt to keep the fruitcakes on side, and I found myself wishing it was a bit, well, better written (guess this is as 'poetic' as scientists get) but these guys (and they really are all guys!!) are serious - and boy, are they having fun.. Is it showing its age? Aren't we all?
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I first bought this book at least twenty years ago and it had a profound affect on how I thought about life, the universe and everything. I recommend it without reservation to anyone who wants to try looking at things another way (or another couple of ways or three)
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