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"It is not simply the unexamined life here that is not worth living, but the unnarrated life — and far from a nostalgic examination, that narration is increasingly essential and increasingly likely to occur in real time."

"Instead of the dismantling and overtly critical strategy employed by postmodernism, the reflexively modern society seeks to examine and correct itself in order to keep placing itself continually back on track. The result is a heightened sense of self-awareness and self-preservation leading all the way back to the individual. "

"Whether overtly biographical or simply self-referential, design remains even today in the peculiar position of having its history and criticism written largely by and for its own practitioners."

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november 2012 by robertogreco
Douglas Hofstadter - Wikipedia
"Douglas Richard Hofstadter (born February 15, 1945) is an American academic whose research focuses on consciousness, analogy-making, artistic creation, literary translation, and discovery in mathematics and physics."

"Both inside and outside his professional work, Hofstadter is driven by a pursuit of beauty. He seeks beautiful mathematical patterns, beautiful explanations, beautiful typefaces, beautiful sonic patterns in poetry, and so forth. Hofstadter has said of himself, "I'm someone who has one foot in the world of humanities and arts, and the other foot in the world of science.""
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april 2011 by robertogreco
I Am a Strange Loop - Wikipedia
"In the end, we are self-perceiving, self-inventing, locked-in mirages that are little miracles of self-reference." [Quote from the book]

"Hofstadter had previously expressed disappointment with how Gödel, Escher, Bach, which won the Pulitzer in 1980 for general nonfiction, was received. In the preface to the 20th-anniversary edition, Hofstadter laments that his book has been misperceived as a hodge-podge of neat things w/ no central theme. He states: "GEB is a very personal attempt to say how it is that animate beings can come out of inanimate matter. What is a self, & how can a self come out of stuff that is as selfless as a stone or a puddle?"

He sought to remedy this problem in I Am a Strange Loop, by focusing on & expounding upon central message of Gödel, Escher, Bach. He seeks to demonstrate how the properties of self-referential systems, demonstrated most famously in Gödel's Incompleteness Theorem, can be used to describe the unique properties of minds…"
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april 2011 by robertogreco
Gödel, Escher, Bach - Wikipedia
"Through illustration & analysis, the book discusses how self-reference & formal rules allow systems to acquire meaning despite being made of "meaningless" elements. It also discusses what it means to communicate, how knowledge can be represented & stored, the methods & limitations of symbolic representation, & even the fundamental notion of "meaning" itself."

"The book is filled with puzzles. An example…the chapter titled "Contracrostipunctus", which combines the words acrostic & contrapunctus (counterpoint). In a dialogue btwn Achilles & the Tortoise, the author hints that there is a contrapuntal acrostic in the chapter that refers both to the author (Hofstadter) & Bach. This can be found by taking the first word of each paragraph, to reveal: Hofstadter's Contracrostipunctus Acrostically Backwards Spells "J. S. Bach". This is only the acrostic. The counterpoint acrostic is found by taking first letters of the acrostic (in bold) & reading them backwards to get "J. S. Bach""
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april 2011 by robertogreco

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