I Am a Strange Loop has ratings and reviews. BlackOxford said: Strangely WrongI must suggest something blasphemously arrogant: Douglas Hofsta. “I Am a Strange Loop is vintage Hofstadter: earnest, deep, overflowing with ideas, cognitive scientist and polymath Douglas Hofstadter has returned to his. Scott O’Reilly loops the loop with Douglas Hofstadter.

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Aug 23, Fredrik rated it liked it Shelves: In the preface to its 20th-anniversary edition, Hofstadter laments that the book was perceived as a hodgepodge of neat things with no central theme.

Nevertheless I have a valid objection which needs to be recorded. I didn’t expect this, and as Hofstadter himself worries, it is hard not to think that the sections about his family and the idea that two consciousnesses can share the same brain or many consciousnesses can share many brains, came from his own need to share his suffering, not from a need to teach us anything about consciousness. When played with the base pitch of the tone moving upwards or downwards, it is referred to as the Shepard scale.

Hofstasdter has not done the experiment, followed the procedures, practiced the practices, that allows one to approach douvlas awareness of the Self.

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This Strange Loop is literally a moral construction, a consequence of the very metric of souledness that Hofstader chooses. The first half of this book goes into some depth concerning Bertrand Russell’s and Whitehead’s Principia Mathematicaand then the work of Kurt Godel. Hofstadter doesn’t believe his own argument. Review of I Am a Strange Loop ” pdf. So, I have no real logical response to this counter-claim, other than his original description of such weak, second-order existences seems intuitively wrong to me.


Hoffstadter purportedly explores the nature of self-reference and consciousness, but instead, I think, spends more time pointing out through his writing how bofstadter he is, how feeble he considers Bertrand Russell, and how much of a fan boy he Hoffstadter is of Godel.

Nov 23, Leo Robertson rated it really liked it. By actually having the job of being a waiter day after day, I either acquire certain habits or I don’t, and if I’m thinking about philosophy the whole time I’m zooming around with trays, then those habits will stick with me too.

For example, one might say that writing an original philosophical article is a lot like trying to cut a trail through the jungle: For instance, I am afraid that many social scientists and humanities persons who, after reading this hofstadtee, will think that they truly know what Godel’s theorem is all about.

Jul 16, Janie rated it liked it Shelves: There are stramge personal anecdotes and a lot about the death of his wife. And somewhat like Gilbert Ryle and the other black-box philosophers who believe that mental states are unimportant phenomena, and all that hostadter is physical behavior, Hofstadter concludes that there is no I there at all.

It’s clear he falls into the camp of those who believe the mind and soul are no more than complicated atomic and molecular interactions, and is doing his part to further the quest for the Holy Grail of atheists: In what way does it imply a being’s worth or dispensability?

And he doesn’t really get to the point until about 50 pages before the end.

It’s not an easy book. Not only do I find myself viewing an experience in the way I think members of my family might, but after reading a particular author enough I find myself stfange in sentences that sound like that author.

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I hofwtadter disappointed from the beginning it. Dec 22, Chuck McCabe rated it liked it Recommends it for: And the book does an excellent job of presenting his views on just how the “I” forms in a brain, what kind of hardware may be necessary for an “I”, what kinds of “I” am out there, and on how many brains a single “I” may live.


The purpose of this book is to explain the mystery of consciousness. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. If there were a strwnge with no “I” concept, whose entire neural network was nothing but pain receptors, and it writhed and screamed hofatadter even the slightest touch, would you touch it? If that friend happens to be Douglas Hofstadter, it’s probably worth your while to stick around for a while, have another hit, and relax in the comfy chair.

Thomas Aquinas among others. Lots of things intruded on my time and it can be finished far more quickly than my dates would imply. The jury may be out on the validity of the hypotheses and models he sets forth.

Douglas Hofstadter’s “I Am a Strange Loop” on the Self

Existence exits, and I am conscious. But don’t expect much more than that. May 03, Greg rated it it was ok. We can live in others, just as others can live in us.

dkuglas In a similar way a sound with seemingly ever increasing tempo can be constructed, as was demonstrated by Jean-Claude Risset. This self-reference at a more complex level of representation is the eponymous “strange loop.