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Glenn Allen

Author, "Nameless Organizational Change."

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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.

    David Garnand says: "Doug, Doug, Doug"
    "'Mother occupies the chair.' So what?"
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    Would you try another book from Douglas Hofstadter and Emmanuel Sander and/or Sean Pratt?

    Perhaps, and by that I mean to say "no," which, as an utterance, occupies a rarefied category of one, with, of course, spelling being the only consideration. As a category of one, it is like the opposite of the Higgs-Boson particle in that, when present, nothing matters (which, as a word, "matters," has multiple meanings, including "relevancy, materials, events, Icelandic for "mother" and so on and so on.). Truthfully, I'll probably try "Strange Loop." I've given it as a gift enough times, it's high-time I got up on it myself.


    What could Douglas Hofstadter and Emmanuel Sander have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    92% fewer examples.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    A quote which, used only as one example in a long line of examples, reads "Censorship is the mother of metaphor." Loved that! Worth the $22 (monthly plan at two credits).


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Perhaps, and by that I mean to say "no," which, as an utterance, occupies a rarefied category of one, with, of course, spelling being the only consideration. As a category of one, it is like the opposite of the Higgs-Boson particle in that, when present, nothing matters (which, as a word, "matters," has multiple meanings, including "relevancy, materials, events, Icelandic for "mother" and so on and so on.).


    Any additional comments?

    The book was exceptionally well-narrated.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful

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