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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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    (40)
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    (36)

    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"
    "A dance on the street is worth 2 in the club."
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I already have demanded several people get it.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Category, that guy was tricky always trying to act like he's not an analogy.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The one where I had to stop listening and have an argument with an idea for ten minutes before I could continue.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    This book demands reaction, it makes you want to yell, "of course Doug, get on with it." Then you realize he's pretty accurate at predicting how you think even though he's never met you. You probably won't cry but I ended of laughing at myself a lot.
    This is all about thinking and you want it to be wrong, you want to believe your thoughts are ordered and consistent. Instead you're left knowing that your thoughts are arranged as needed and in ways that contradict past and future arrangements.


    Any additional comments?

    If you've read his other works this one is simpler and more focused in its idea. Therefore it takes a lot more effort to understand it. The premise makes Jungian psychology seem more relevant, Mel brooks more genius, and Einstein more like an average guy.
    If you think you know the definition of words like; much, and, but, grow, time or play, you should get this book.

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