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  • Surfaces and Essences: Analogy as the Fuel and Fire of Thinking

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Douglas Hofstadter, Emmanuel Sander
    • Narrated By Sean Pratt
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    Analogy is the core of all thinking. This is the simple but unorthodox premise that Pulitzer Prize-winning author Douglas Hofstadter and French psychologist Emmanuel Sander defend in their new work. Hofstadter has been grappling with the mysteries of human thought for over 30 years. Now, with his trademark wit and special talent for making complex ideas vivid, he has partnered with Sander to put forth a highly novel perspective on cognition.

    Gary says: "Not my cup of tea"
    "Doug, Doug, Doug"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Let's just say that Hofstadter is a fascinating combination of brilliant and boring. If you like the way he thinks, then it's a good book to have around to listen to here and there. He always has something interesting to say, often, though, the executive summary might be sufficient.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Oh good, time to move on to Dennett...


    Any additional comments?

    I am giving Hofstadter a hard time, but I love his mind, he's just, well, you know, tedious...

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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