Metamagical Themas by Douglas Hofstadter

While I am, in general, an obscenely fast reader, some books deserve to have an entire week dedicated to them. Metamagical Themas is one such book.

The book is a great philosophical work that spans many different subject areas, from language to artificial intelligence to Rubik’s cubes. It is an accumulation of Hofstadter’s columns written for Scientific American, along with a few lectures he gave on other occasions.

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Some thoughts on language

A few years ago, I read The Logical Syntax of Language by Carnap, which was an interesting read. In it, he discusses the uses and applications of language in day to day life, and also the more far-reaching consequences of how we use language in society.

Here are three quotes I found particularly interesting.

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