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from “On Self-Referential Sentences” by Douglas Hofstadter, originally in Scientific American (January 1981), reprinted in Metamagical Themas (1985) via crystilogic (Source: http://amzn.to/Ka9370)

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For Ann (rising) by James Tenney Never, ever listen to / watch this while on drugs. Or your brain might kill you. I haven’t read Doug Hofstadter’s latest book I Am A Strange Loop — but apparently one of the … Continue reading

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I’ve explained group theory to fifth graders. People who haven’t tried it don’t realise the difference between explaining something to a group of a group of 8th graders, a group of 5th graders, a group of 2nd graders, or a … Continue reading

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Moore’s three-dimensional law is a remarkable “epiphenomenon” … a statistical regularity that emerges from a swarm of unknown, mutually independent activities. In that sense, it resembles the “law” that says that each Labor Day weekend, about 450 automobile fatalities will … Continue reading

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What’s the difference between leaving carbon progeny behind you and silicon progeny behind you? … [W]hat makes you feel that a planet teeming with sexually created successors would constitute a more valid extension of ‘we’-ness than a planet teeming with … Continue reading

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http://video.google.com/googleplayer.swf?docid=-6984208089899995423&hl=en&fs=true The Goldberg Variations composed by J.S. Bach, played by D. Gould (Source: http://video.google.com/)

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