Well… I’m still reading Hofstadter… and am starting to appreciate his arguments more and more…
I still think I’m missing a lot, but the loose ends are starting to come together. I came to a point where he indirectly does a metaphorical math that looks something like (”The more I know, the more I realize I don’t know.” -Einstein)+(Godel’s incompleteness theorem)=(Heisenberg’s uncertainty principle)
In his lengthy tome, Hofstadter is likening human consciousness to computer programs in order to argue for, and explain the possibility of artificial intelligence. In doing so, neural firings have become command lines performing loops and calculating outputs which manifest themselves in the form of reactions to the outside world. (Metaphorically speaking, of course) This creates an interesting reaction (both in human and artificial minds) when Godel’s theorem is introduced because it launches an unending series of reflexive turns that spiral inward and outward simultaneously in a shaky sort of tail-chasing maneuver.
Basically, human thought consists of an infinite regress, looping unendingly toward death… ignorance must be bliss.
P.S. I started this a while back. I have since finished Hofstadter. I’m still not so sure. On to his next book I suppose.