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Tangled Hierarchies: Gödel, Escher, Bach and Gravity's Rainbow (An Abstract of Work in Progress)

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Elizabeth Bayerl

Syracuse University
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Douglas Hofstadter tells us in Godel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid (1979) that the rapid development of computer technology in the past two decades has brought about a new kind of perspective on just what thought is--its powers and weaknesses, as well as its idiosyncracies. This has been made possible through computer experimentation with what he calls "alien, yet hand-tailored forms of thought--or approximations of thought." The results of this experimentation are reflected in the theory and designs developed in the artificial intelligence (AI) field, and many of these developments are considered at some length in Godel, Escher, Bach.
How to Cite: Bayerl, E., (1982). Tangled Hierarchies: Gödel, Escher, Bach and Gravity's Rainbow (An Abstract of Work in Progress). Pynchon Notes. (10), pp.52–55. DOI: http://doi.org/10.16995/pn.438
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Published on 01 Oct 1982.
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