|I Am A Strange Loop|
|Subject(s)||Consciousness, strange loops, intelligence|
|Publication date||March 26th, 2007|
|LC Classification||BD438.5 .H64 2007|
|Preceded by||Gödel, Escher, Bach|
|“||In the end, we self-perceiving, self-inventing, locked-in mirages are little miracles of self-reference.||”|
— Douglas Hofstadter, I Am a Strange Loop p.363
Hofstadter had previously expressed disappointment with how Gödel, Escher, Bach, which won the Pulitzer Prize in 1979 for general nonfiction, was received. In the preface to the twentieth-anniversary edition, Hofstadter laments that his book has been misperceived as a hodge-podge of neat things with no central theme. He states: "GEB is a very personal attempt to say how it is that animate beings can come out of inanimate matter. What is a self, and how can a self come out of stuff that is as selfless as a stone or a puddle?"
He sought to remedy this problem in I Am a Strange Loop, by focusing on and expounding upon the central message of Gödel, Escher, Bach. He seeks to demonstrate how the properties of self-referential systems, demonstrated most famously in Gödel's Incompleteness Theorem, can be used to describe the unique properties of minds.