Douglas R. Hofstadter

1945 -

A Quote by Douglas R. Hofstadter on self, ego, and no-self

We create an image of who we are inside our self. The image then becomes very deeply entrenched, and it becomes the thing that we attribute responsibility to - we say "I", "I" did this because "I" wanted to, because "I" am a good person or because "I" am a bad person. The loop is the fact that we represent our selves, our desires, hopes, dreads and dreams: it is the way in which we conceive of ourselves, rather than the way we conceive of Mount Everest or of a tree. And I say it exists entirely in the loop: the self is an hallucination hallucinated by an hallucination.

Douglas R. Hofstadter (1945 -)


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A Quote by Douglas R. Hofstadter on laws


Hofstadter's Law: It always takes longer than you expect, even when you take into account Hofstadter's Law.

Douglas R. Hofstadter (1945 -)

Source: Gödel, Escher, Bach 1979.

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