I am reading and not reading
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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