Book: I Am a Strange Loop

I think this may be my favorite Hofstadter book to date. There is no denying the brilliance of “Gödel, Escher, Bach”, but GEB is a pretty hard slog. This volume is shorter and, I think, much more accessible.

That is not to say it is just a trip through the daisies. There are some deep ideas being explored here, including all of Hofstadter’s usual interests: consciousness, self-reference, and analogies, with all of it shot through with his trademark word-play.

This is also a much more personal book than GEB. The tone is warmer, but also sadder at times, largely because of the death of his wife.

A very good book.

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