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Douglas Hofstadter
Douglas Richard Hofstadter (born February 15, 1945) is an American professor of cognitive science whose research focuses on the sense of "I" (sense of self in relation to the external world), consciousness, analogy-making, artistic creation, literary translation, and discovery in mathematics and physics. Hofstadter's book Gödel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid, first published in 1979, won both the Pulitzer Prize for general non-fiction and a National Book Award (at that time called The American Book Award) for Science. His 2007 book I Am a Strange Loop won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Science and Technology
Douglas Hofstadter: On the Singularity and Godel, Escher, Bach
34 minutes
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In this talk Hofstadter discusses the idea of singularity. He draws on concepts from his books GEB and strange loops give us a look into the future. There are few with the mathematical pedigree and creative mind of Douglas Hofstadter, who gets into the philosophy of singularity.
Douglas Hofstadter: On Analogy as the Core of Cognition
68 minutes
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In this Presidential Lecture, cognitive scientist Douglas Hofstadter examines the role and contributions of analogy in cognition, using a variety of analogies to illustrate his points. Hofstadter connects the concept of analogy to our neurological processes as well as describing the implications of the method of thought. For more writing on the importance of metaphors, check out the work of George Lakoff.
Douglas Hofstadter: On Limits of Logic: The Godel Legacy
58 minutes
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Kurt Gödel showed that mathematical thinking cannot be captured in a formal axiomatic reasoning system. What does this deep result mean in practice? What are the limits of computer thinking? Can beauty and creativity and a sense of humor be formalized? Douglas Hofstadter explore these questions and more in this introduction to Godel's work. His book, Godel, Escher, Bach remains one of the most amazing works of writing in the last century. Hofstadter is a creative genius.
Douglas Hofstadter: On The Nature of Categories and Concepts
89 minutes
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In this talk Hofstadter examines our methods of catigorization and the paradoxes that exist in those methods. What is a quintessential category? Bird, perhaps? Or maybe chair? And what is a quintessential concept? Two? Number? Prime number? "A category is a set of objects out there in the real world, whereas a concept is a mental entity that gets activated whenever one sees a member of the corresponding category"?
Douglas Hofstadter: 3- MIT Godel Escher Bach
60 minutes
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MIT's course discussing the concepts described in Douglas Hofstadter's masterpiece - Godel Escher Bach.
Douglas Hofstadter: 4- MIT Godel Escher Bach
106 minutes
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MIT's course discussing the concepts described in Douglas Hofstadter's masterpiece - Godel Escher Bach.
Douglas Hofstadter: 2- MIT Godel Escher Bach
76 minutes
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MIT's course discussing the concepts described in Douglas Hofstadter's masterpiece - Godel Escher Bach.
Douglas Hofstadter: 5- MIT Godel Escher Bach
98 minutes
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MIT's course discussing the concepts described in Douglas Hofstadter's masterpiece - Godel Escher Bach.
Douglas Hofstadter: 6- MIT Godel Escher Bach
107 minutes
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MIT's course discussing the concepts described in Douglas Hofstadter's masterpiece - Godel Escher Bach.
Douglas Hofstadter: 1- MIT Godel Escher Bach
62 minutes
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MIT's course discussing the concepts described in Douglas Hofstadter's masterpiece - Godel Escher Bach.