I am reading and not reading

September 1, 2009 at 9:34 am Leave a comment

Godel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid – Hofstadter is an incredibly dense read.  It’s light hearted and funny, but at the same time really really tough to read.

The book starts by talking of strange loops like:

[This statement is false]

And goes from there.

So, both these statements are true:

[I am reading the book]

[I am not reading the book]

This is no paradox depending on what you mean by ‘reading.’

Another entertaining loop from the book: asking the genie “I wish that you would not grant my wish”

A related paradox from How to Survive a Robot Uprising by Wilson, that I’m listening to in the car:

“Never show fear.  Robots have no emotion.  Sensing your fear could make the robot jealous and send it into an angry rage.”



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