|Posted by David - October 3, 2006 - 15:35|
First post! And some G.E.B.
To start this off let's have a quote from "Godel, Escher, Bach" (henceforth, for my sanity, GEB):
[This book] approaches these question by slowly building up and analogy that likens inanimate molecules to meaningless symbols, and further likens selves (or "I"'s or "souls", if you prefer - whatever it is that distinguishes animate from inanimate matter) to certain special swirly, twisty, vortex-like, and meaningful patterns that arise only in particular types of systems of meaningless symbols. It is these strange twisty patterns that the book spends so much time on, because they are little known, little appreciated, counterintuitive, and quite filled with mystery.
And to quote the header of a section on the facing page: "Meaningless Symbols Acquire Meaning Despite Themselves"
This idea is not quite the essence of our project, but I think it is essential to it.
I hope this web-log can be a record of not only what we're doing as we're doing it, but also our thoughts and ruminations, if you will, that come up as we make this thing happen. (And it'll certainly generate lots of great filler for our final paper!)
And here's that concept art of our project in action.