Godel, Escher, and Bach, by Douglas R. Hofstadter

by Derwood Hunsdale-Talbot on August 5, 2009

Godel, Escher, and Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid, by Douglas R. Hofstadter


Sounding Smart (without being smart)

You shouldn’t even pretend to have read this book. If you ever run into anyone who claims they have, grab them firmly by the elbow and eagerly exclaim “Oh good! Then you can explain to me how a tangled hierarchy is an example of the central dogma of typogenetics.” I promise no matter how tightly you’re holding them, they will break away and slink quickly toward the door.

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Mocking Otter September 23, 2009 at 4:23 pm

In some ways, I’m rather happy that I’m not as smart as Hofstadter, Goedel or Bach. What did they talk about at parties? Did they ever get a second invitation? On the other hand, I do wish I could draw as well as Escher, except I would probably draw stupid stuff or designs for Hummel figurines or the “Painter of Light” Thomas Kinkade.

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