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    • I Am a Strange Loop

    • By: Douglas R. Hofstadter
    • Narrated by: Greg Baglia
    • Length: 16 hrs and 47 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 23
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 19
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 18

    One of our greatest philosophers and scientists of the mind asks where the self comes from - and how our selves can exist in the minds of others. I Am a Strange Loop argues that the key to understanding selves and consciousness is the "strange loop" - a special kind of abstract feedback loop inhabiting our brains. The most central and complex symbol in your brain is the one called "I". The "I" is the nexus in our brain, one of many symbols seeming to have free will and to have gained the paradoxical ability to push particles around, rather than the reverse.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Mostly recycled, but a great introduction

    • By Wing J. Flanagan on 11-15-18

    Regular price: $29.65

    • Surfaces and Essences

    • Analogy as the Fuel and Fire of Thinking
    • By: Douglas Hofstadter, Emmanuel Sander
    • Narrated by: Sean Pratt
    • Length: 33 hrs and 52 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 144
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 128
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      4 out of 5 stars 126

    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.

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • Lots of verbiage, few insights. Don't bother.

    • By Tim on 08-04-16

    Regular price: $31.49