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Douglas R. Hofstadter
Center for Research on Concepts & Cognition
Indiana University, Bloomington

Douglas R. Hofstadter is College of Arts & Sciences Distinguished Professor
of Cognitive Science and Computer Science at Indiana University Bloomington
where he also directs the Center for Research on Concepts & Cognition. His
Pulitzer Prize-winning book "Gödel, Escher, Bach: an Eternal Golden Braid"
(1979) has had wide impact on people in many disciplines, ranging from
philosophy to mathematics to artificial intelligence to music, and beyond.
Hofstadter's long-standing interest in classical music resulted in the
creation of visual forms of fugues and canons ("Whirly Art"), and in a
number of compositions for piano.

Hofstadter's writings and research seek to answer several interrelated
questions: (1) how can physical activity give rise to a conscious self? (2)
how does the human mind perceive unfamiliar situations and make analogies
between situations? (3) how does the human mind create new ideas? To
explore these abstract issues in a concrete manner, he has designed and
implemented, in collaboration with FARG (the Fluid Analogies Research Group,
consisting of himself and his doctoral students), computer models of
high-level perception and analogical thought in carefully honed

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