Surfaces and Essences - Douglas Hofstadter.epub

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Surfaces and Essences: Analogy as the Fuel and Fire of Thinking by Douglas Hofstadter, Emmanuel Sander
2013 | ISBN: 0465018475 | English | 592 Pages | EPUB | 1.55 MB

Analogy is the core of all thinking.

This is the simple but unorthodox premise that Pulitzer PrizeΓÇôwinning author Douglas Hofstadter and French psychologist Emmanuel Sander defend in their new work. Hofstadter has been grappling with the mysteries of human thought for over thirty years. Now, with his trademark wit and special talent for making complex ideas vivid, he has partnered with Sander to put forth a highly novel perspective on cognition.

We are constantly faced with a swirling and intermingling multitude of ill-defined situations. Our brainΓÇÖs job is to try to make sense of this unpredictable, swarming chaos of stimuli. How does it do so? The ceaseless hail of input triggers analogies galore, helping us to pinpoint the essence of what is going on. Often this means the spontaneous evocation of words, sometimes idioms, sometimes the triggering of nameless, long-buried memories.

Why did two-year-old Camille proudly exclaim, ΓÇ£I undressed the banana!ΓÇ¥? Why do people who hear a story often blurt out, ΓÇ£Exactly the same thing happened to me!ΓÇ¥ when it was a completely different event? How do we recognize an aggressive driver from a split-second glance in our rearview mirror? What in a friendΓÇÖs remark triggers the offhand reply, ΓÇ£ThatΓÇÖs just sour grapesΓÇ¥? What did Albert Einstein see that made him suspect that light consists of particles when a century of research had driven the final nail in the coffin of that long-dead idea?
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