This dovetails nicely into the subject matter of The Mind’s I.
This blog is no longer being updated. About this blog.
I recently finished reading The Mind’s I by Douglas R. Hofstadter, author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning book GÃ¶del, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid, and Daniel C. Dennett, the Santa Claus-like patron saint of the recent publicly resurgent atheism. Sometimes books come into your life at the precise moment when they will have maximal impact. That happened for me with this book.
It is a collection of writings from authors such as Alan Turing, Richard Dawkins, John Searle, StanisÅ‚aw Lem, and Jorge Borges on the subject of mind, consciousness, and artificial intelligence. That’s exactly what I’ve been pondering lately. The authors present conflicting viewpoints (they promise to make everyone think) and then present their responses to the essay. A simple, very effective format.
The authors delivered on their promise. The book caused me to take a long look at what exactly it means to be a conscious, intelligent being. What is the self? Is there a soul? Can consciousness be explained reductively by interactions of neurons? What gives rise to our experience of consciousness? Many were the thought provoking moments that I spent with this book.
By the way, this is the book that I was reading in that Indian bistro a while ago.
An excellent read.
Tags: artificial intelligence, books, consciousness, Daniel C. Dennett, Douglas R. Hofstadter, dualism, ego, free will, materialism, mind, Naturalism, philosophy, psychology, science, soul, spirit, The Mind's I