Douglas Hofstadter’s I Am a Strange Loop has my attention right now.  It’s an unexpected book that seems to be operating on several levels at once, just as minds do; it is at once simple/anecdotal and obscure.

There’s a division that Hofstadter sets up early on – those who enjoy and look for feedback (self-referential) loops, and those who flee from them, trying to set up worlds that don’t involve things that fold in on themselves.  Hofstadter from a young age was obsessed with feedback loops (and music). 

His aim in this book is to explore how souls, selves, and consciousness develop.  The physical parts of the brain don’t interest him – he’s interested in structural/architectural abstractions like these:

long-term memory and short-term memory

episodic memory and melodic memory

analogical bridges


. . . sense of humor