Tag Archives: Douglas Hofstadter

mirroring the world

My previous post on music magic is actually not only or even ‘really’ about music but about what is and how we can be sort of sure about that. Music is ‘merely’ one possible and beautiful aspect of it, for me … Continue reading

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music magic

It’s been a long time since I listened so much to music. Blogging is one of the reasons, as I enjoy spicing, illustrating, saving or mitigating words with some appropriate music. Another is my running on the same track time … Continue reading

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am I loosing my marbles?

Just re-read Douglas Hofstadter‘s I am a strange Loop and was blown away, like the first time round, as much by his wordplay and imagery as by the conceptual content (which are inseparable – but I won’t go into that).  I … Continue reading

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are we afraid of space and time?

The epilogue of I am a strange Loop by Douglas Hofstadter has this beautiful description of the human condition: Posed midway between the unvisualizable cosmic vastness of curved spacetime and the dubious, shadowy flickerings of charged quanta, we human beings, more … Continue reading

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state of fear

My current status of a man of leisure with plenty of reading time allows me to indulge. More than a 1000 pages of Michael Crichton in three days. I normally list my reading here, but the last Crichton I read, … Continue reading

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languages matter

just reading a book about language and one of the issues brought up is if we should care about decreasing language diversity. They’re disappearing with frantic speed. The obvious, politically correct answer, is yes (diversity is good! bio diversity, cultural … Continue reading

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any reason is good enough to share Mr. 42

I just read Daniel Dennet’s Intuition pumps and other tools for thinking. It never seizes to amaze me how limited the universe of my fancies is, how persistent it is, how I time and again return to teenage roots. I know … Continue reading

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why democratic revolutions often fail

The short answer is because means matter. But first a bit about democracy. Very fuzzy concept. All concepts are, so that doesn’t make it stand out, but this one is particularly fuzzy and that may require some explicit attention. Fuzzy, … Continue reading

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