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This computer-generated pangram contains six as, one b, three cs, three ds, thirty-seven es, six fs, three gs, nine hs, twelve is, one j, one k, two ls, three ms, twenty-two ns, thirteen os, three ps, one q, fourteen rs, twenty-nine ss, twenty-four ts, five us, six vs, seven ws, four xs, five ys, and one z.
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It turns out that an eerie type of chaos can lurk just behind a facade of order - and yet, deep inside the chaos lurks an even eerier type of order.

— Douglas R. Hofstadter

The key question is, no matter how much you absorb of another person, can you have absorbed so much of them that when that primary brain perishes, you can feel that that person did not totally perish from the earth ... because they live on in a 'second neural home'? ... In the wake of a human being's death, what survives is a set of afterglows, some brighter and some dimmer, in the collective brains of those who were dearest to them ... Though the primary brain has been eclipsed, there is, in those who remain ... a collective corona that still glows.

— Douglas R. Hofstadter

What is an "I", and why are such things found (at least so far) only in association with, as poet Russell Edson once wonderfully phrased it, "teetering bulbs of dread and dream"
that is, only in association with certain kinds of gooey lumps encased in hard protective shells mounted atop mobile pedestals that roam the world on pairs of slightly fuzzy, jointed stilts?

— Douglas R. Hofstadter

Saying that studying the brain is limited to the study of physical entities would be like saying that literary criticism must focus on paper and bookbinding, ink and its chemistry, page sizes and margin widths, typefaces and paragraph lengths, and so forth.

— Douglas R. Hofstadter

No, no - I think about thinking

— Douglas R. Hofstadter

I wish my wish would not be granted!

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A term meant to convey a person's inability to make sense of the numbers that run their lives.

— Douglas R. Hofstadter

This computer-generated pangram contains six a's, one b, three c's, three d's, thirty-seven e's, six f's, three g's, nine h's, twelve i's, one j, one k, two l's, three m's, twenty-two n's, thirteen o's, three p's, one q, fourteen r's, twenty-nine s's, twenty-four t's, five u's, six v's, seven w's, four x's, five y's, and one z.

— Douglas R. Hofstadter

It now becomes clear that consistency is not a property of a formal system per se, but depends on the interpretation which is proposed for it. By the same token, inconsistency is not an intrinsic property of any formal system.

— Douglas R. Hofstadter

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