The Mirroring Mind: An Espresso-Fueled Interpretation of Douglas Hofstadter’s Groundbreaking Ideas

Today, Jason Silva serves up another philosophical espresso shot with The Mirroring Mind, a two-minute video inspired by the ideas explored in Douglas Hofstadter’s influential book, Gödel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden BraidThe film — which you may need to watch twice, ideally after you’ve had your own stiff cup of coffee  — offers Silva’s “interpretation of Strange Loops of Self Reference, recursion, and the emergence of consciousness and self-awareness.” Once you’ve got a handle on things, you can watch Silva’s previous films on The Immersive Power of Cinema, The Biological Advantage of Being Awestruck, and The Gospel of Radical Openness.

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