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The Mind's I

    Brilliant, shattering, mind-jolting, The Mind's I is a searching, probing cosmic journey of the mind that goes deeply into the problem of self and self-consciousness as anything written in our time. From verbalizing chimpanzees to scientific speculations involving machines with souls, from the mesmerizing, maze-like fiction of Borges to the tantalizing, dreamlike fiction of Lem and Princess Ineffable, her circuits glowing read and gold, The Mind's I opens the mind to the Black Box of fantasy, to the windfalls of reflection, to new dimensions of exciting possibilities.

"Ever since David Hume declared in the 18th century that the Self is only a heap of perceptions, the poor Ego has been in a shaky conditions indeed...Mind and consciousness becomes dispensable items in our accounts of reality, ghosts in the bodily machine...Yet there are indications here and there that the tide may be tuming...and the appearance of The Mind's I, edited by Douglas R. Hofstadter and Daniel C. Dennett, seems a welcome sign of change." William Barrett, The New York Times Book Review

Table of Contents



Part I: A Sense of Self

Chapter 1: Borges and I
Chapter 2: On Having No Head
Chapter 3: Rediscovering the Mind

Part II: Soul Searching

Chapter 4: Computing Machinery And Intelligence
Chapter 5: The Turing test: A Coffeehouse Conversation
Chapter 6: The Princess Ineffabelle
Chapter 7: The Soul of Martha a Beast
Chapter 8: The Soul of the Mark III Beast

Part III: From Hardware to Software

Chapter 9: Spirit
Chapter 10: Selfish Genes And Selfish Memes
Chapter 11: Prelude . . . Ant Fugue
Chapter 12: The Story of a Brain

Part IV: Mind as a Program

Chapter 13: Where am I?
Chapter 14: Where was I?
Chapter 15: Beyond Rejection
Chapter 16: Software
Chapter 17: The Riddle of the Universe and Its Solution

Part V: Created Selves and Free Will

Chapter 18: The Seventh Sally or How Trurl’s Own Perfection Led to No Good
Chapter 19: Non Serviam
Chapter 20: Is God a Taoist?
Chapter 21: The Circular Ruins
Chapter 22: Minds, Brains and Programs
Chapter 23: An Unfortunate Dualist

Part VI: The Inner Eye

Chapter 24: What Is It Like to Be a Bat?
Chapter 25: An Epistemological Nightmare
Chapter 26: A Conversation with Einstein’s Brain
Chapter 27: Fiction

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The Mind's I (1981)
editors Douglas R. Hofstadter and Daniel C. Dennett (Editor/Author)

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