Godel, Escher, Bach (recommended reading)

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by ClassMyAss (976281) on Sunday February 08, @07:17PM (#26777865)

A good example is Douglas Hofstadter.

An English teacher of mine lent me “Godel, Escher, Bach” in eighth grade (I suspect he taught English by necessity, not choice!), and I found it one of the most fascinating pieces of reading I’d come across in my life. Frankly, it still holds up, if you ask me – even though I don’t agree with a lot of what Hofstadter says, almost everything he writes is worth reading because it brings up so many thoughts. After practically every page I would find myself feverishly jotting down my own notes and going on my own tangents, often to discover that Hofstadter would pursue exactly those ideas in the next few pages. Quite a fun read.

That simple act of lending probably had more of an impact on my future intellectual path than almost anything else in school. Gotta remember to send a thank you to that teacher one of these days.

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