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Author Hofstadter, Douglas.

Title Surfaces and essences [electronic resource] : analogy as the fuel and fire of thinking / Douglas Hofstadter and Emmanuel Sander.

Imprint New York : Gildan Audio ; [Prince Frederick, Md.] : [Distributed by] RBdigital, 2019, p2013.

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Description 1 online resource.
Note Unabridged.
System Details Mode of access: World Wide Web.
Requires RBdigital Media Manager.
System requirements: 200 MB of free disk space, 512 MB of RAM, Windows Installer 3.1, Microsoft .NET Framework 4 (x86 and x64), Windows Media Player 10 QA.
Note Downloadable audio file.
Title from title screen.
Access Access restricted to subscribing institutions.
Performer Narrated by Sean Pratt.
Form Downloadable applications available for access via iOS 4.0+ devices (iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch) and Android 2.1+ devices.
Summary Analogy is the core of all thinking. This is the simple but unorthodox premise that Pulitzer Prize-winning 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 brain's 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, "I undressed the banana!"' Why do people who hear a story often blurt out, "Exactly the same thing happened to me!" 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 friend's remark triggers the offhand reply, "That's just sour grapes"' 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' The answer to all these questions, of course, is analogy-making-the meat and potatoes, the heart and soul, the fuel and fire, the gist and the crux, the lifeblood and the wellsprings of thought. Analogy-making, far from happening at rare intervals, occurs at all moments, defining thinking from top to toe, from the tiniest and most fleeting thoughts to the most creative scientific insights. Like GOdel, Escher, Bach before it, Surfaces and Essences will profoundly enrich our understanding of our own minds. By plunging the listener into an extraordinary variety of colorful situations involving language, thought, and memory, by revealing bit by bit the constantly churning cognitive mechanisms normally completely hidden from view, and by discovering in them one central, invariant core-the incessant, unconscious quest for strong analogical links to past experiences-this book puts forth a radical and deeply surprising new vision of the act of thinking.
Subject SOCIAL SCIENCE / General.
Social Science.
Genre/Form Audiobooks.
Added Author Sander, Emmanuel.
Pratt, Sean. Narrator.
Gildan Media.
ISBN 9781469054872
Music No. Z100154691 Recorded Books

 
    
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