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The Mind's I: Fantasies and Reflections on Self and Soul (1981)

by Douglas R. Hofstadter (Editor), Daniel C. Dennett (Editor), Harold J. Morowitz (Contributor)

Other authors: Jorge Luis Borges (Contributor), Christopher Cherniak (Contributor), Richard Dawkins (Contributor), Douglas Edison Harding (Contributor), Justin Leiber (Contributor)12 more, Stanislaw Lem (Contributor), Terrel Miedaner (Contributor), Harold J. Morowitz (Contributor), Thomas Nagel (Contributor), Robert Nozick (Contributor), Rudy von Bitter Rucker (Contributor), David Hawley Sanford (Contributor), John Rogers Searle (Contributor), Raymond Merrill Smullyan (Contributor), Alan Mathison Turing (Contributor), Allen Wheelis (Contributor), Arnold Zuboff (Contributor)

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With contributions from Jorge Luis Borges, Richard Dawkins, John Searle, and Robert Nozick, The Mind's I explores the meaning of self and consciousness through the perspectives of literature, artificial intelligence, psychology, and other disciplines. In selections that range from fiction to scientific speculations about thinking machines, artificial intelligence, and the nature of the brain, Hofstadter and Dennett present a variety of conflicting visions of the self and the soul as explored through the writings of some of the twentieth century's most renowned thinkers.… (more)
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    The Emperor's New Mind: Concerning Computers, Minds, and the Laws of Physics by Roger Penrose (P_S_Patrick)
    P_S_Patrick: Both books deal with consciousness. Where the Mind's I is provocative and intentionally interesting, it lacks the objective truths that The Emperor's New Mind ascertains about consciousness. These books will not necessarily appeal to the same readers, as ENM is heavily technical, while TMI takes a more playful and questioning stance. But if you have a serious interest in consciousness, and a good level of mathematical and physical understanding, and enjoyed The Mind's Eye, then you should find Emperors New Mind a satisfying read too.… (more)
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Fun, now dated. ( )
  farrhon | Aug 13, 2020 |
This book was a lot of fun to read. It's a collection of science fiction short stories and mostly-easy-to-read philosophical essays about consciousness, perception, artificial intelligence, etc. It was published 30 years ago, but it shows almost no signs of being outdated, probably because these are some of the most difficult problems to address in both science and philosophy. ( )
  joshuagomez | May 31, 2019 |
An excellent collection of writings of all sorts, with brief but insightful comments from Hofstadter and Dennett. ( )
  mrgan | Oct 30, 2017 |
, thesis research source
  gesophrosunt | Jul 23, 2016 |
Since I don't hold to the author's views about consciousness -- or the possibility of algorithmic self-awareness -- this book's ideas are not compelling. Instead, I recommend that after reading Hofstadter's Gödel, Escher and Bach one read Roger Penrose's The Emperor's New Mind and also his Shadows of the Mind. I'm biased. I admit it. One of the curses of self-awareness. ;-) ( )
  KirkLowery | Apr 20, 2016 |
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More philosophical fun and games, some of a very high order, from the authors of, respectively, Godel, Escher, Bach, and Brainstorms. Actually, this is an anthology, and there are some 17 other contributors, but Hofstadter and Dennett take turns commenting on all 27 pieces, so they can claim to have "composed and arranged" it. (...) The writing is without exception polished or at least clear and readable, the topic is steadily interesting, and the dialectical fireworks make a fascinating spectacle.
 

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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Hofstadter, Douglas R.Editorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Dennett, Daniel C.Editormain authorall editionsconfirmed
Morowitz, Harold J.Contributormain authorall editionsconfirmed
Borges, Jorge LuisContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Cherniak, ChristopherContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Dawkins, RichardContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Harding, Douglas EdisonContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Leiber, JustinContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Lem, StanislawContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Miedaner, TerrelContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Morowitz, Harold J.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Nagel, ThomasContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Nozick, RobertContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Rucker, Rudy von BitterContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Sanford, David HawleyContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Searle, John RogersContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Smullyan, Raymond MerrillContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Turing, Alan MathisonContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Wheelis, AllenContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Zuboff, ArnoldContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Dabekaussen, EugèneTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Enderwitz, UlrichTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Lange, Barbara deTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Maters,TillyTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed

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With contributions from Jorge Luis Borges, Richard Dawkins, John Searle, and Robert Nozick, The Mind's I explores the meaning of self and consciousness through the perspectives of literature, artificial intelligence, psychology, and other disciplines. In selections that range from fiction to scientific speculations about thinking machines, artificial intelligence, and the nature of the brain, Hofstadter and Dennett present a variety of conflicting visions of the self and the soul as explored through the writings of some of the twentieth century's most renowned thinkers.

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«Che cos’è la mente? Chi sono io? Può la mera materia pensare o sentire? Dov’è l’anima? Chiunque si trovi ad affrontare queste domande precipita in un mare di perplessità. Questo libro vuole essere un tentativo di rivelare queste perplessità e portarle in piena luce... vuole dunque provocare, infastidire e confondere i lettori, vuole rendere strano ciò che è ovvio e, magari, rendere ovvio ciò che è strano» 
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