I Am a Strange Loop

I Am a Strange Loop is a 2007 book by Douglas Hofstadter, examining in depth the concept of a strange loop to explain the sense of "I".wikipedia
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I Am a Strange Loop is a 2007 book by Douglas Hofstadter, examining in depth the concept of a strange loop to explain the sense of "I".
His 2007 book I Am a Strange Loop won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Science and Technology.

Strange loop

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I Am a Strange Loop is a 2007 book by Douglas Hofstadter, examining in depth the concept of a strange loop to explain the sense of "I".
The concept of a strange loop was proposed and extensively discussed by Douglas Hofstadter in Gödel, Escher, Bach, and is further elaborated in Hofstadter's book I Am a Strange Loop, published in 2007.

Gödel, Escher, Bach

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The concept of a strange loop was originally developed in his 1979 book Gödel, Escher, Bach.
To describe such self-referencing objects, Hofstadter coins the term "strange loop"—a concept he examines in more depth in his follow-up book I Am a Strange Loop.

Gödel's incompleteness theorems

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He demonstrates how the properties of self-referential systems, demonstrated most famously in Gödel's incompleteness theorems, can be used to describe the unique properties of minds.
Douglas Hofstadter, in his books Gödel, Escher, Bach and I Am a Strange Loop, cites Gödel's theorems as an example of what he calls a strange loop, a hierarchical, self-referential structure existing within an axiomatic formal system.

Pulitzer Prize

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Hofstadter had previously expressed disappointment with how Gödel, Escher, Bach, which won the Pulitzer Prize in 1980 for general nonfiction, was received.

Self-reference

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He demonstrates how the properties of self-referential systems, demonstrated most famously in Gödel's incompleteness theorems, can be used to describe the unique properties of minds.

Mind

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He demonstrates how the properties of self-referential systems, demonstrated most famously in Gödel's incompleteness theorems, can be used to describe the unique properties of minds.

Feedback

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Feedback loop

Ship of Theseus

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Identity: in particular, the Ship of Theseus paradox

Consciousness

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If wishes were horses, beggars would ride

Wishes were Horses
I Am a Strange Loop by Douglas Hofstadter, in the modified version "If wishes were horses, the antecedent clause in this conditional sentence would be true."

Inverted spectrum

In his book I Am A Strange Loop, Douglas Hofstadter argues that the inverted spectrum argument entails a form of solipsism in which people can have no idea about what goes on in the minds of others—contrary to the central theme of his work.

Los Angeles Times Book Prize

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2007: I Am a Strange Loop by Douglas Hofstadter (Basic Books)

The Fractal Prince

In the novel, the idea that the mind is a self-loop may have been influenced by the theories of the Professor of Philosophy, Andy Clark, and the book I Am a Strange Loop by Douglas Hofstadter.

Le Ton beau de Marot

Le Ton beau de Marot: In Praise of the Music of Language
(Hofstadter went on to follow with an even more personal book titled I Am a Strange Loop after the death of his wife.)

Pig (short story)

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In I Am a Strange Loop (2007), Douglas Hofstadter mentions Pig as an influence which made him turn to vegetarianism.