Godel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid
This will be a 20-week course covering some of the deepest issues known to humankind. It will involve lots of reading, discussion, thinking and experimenting. Idiots need not apply. :)
Everyone will need to buy a copy of the book "Godel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid" and have a notepad to write notes on each chapter. We will read dialogues from the book together, as well as certain parts of it, but everyone will need to read one chapter at home each week.
We can sit on cushions, but a whiteboard is essential.
The book is available in Japanese but I don't know how good the translation is.
Idiots wont apply. Consider me out. Heh.. as they say sometimes... "its a bit above my pay grade."
I'm currently reading the book, but to me it doesn't seem (yet) to be discussion-inducing. Perhaps it's the critic in me, but the book explores aspects of recursion that smack of pothead humor. ("Whoa, man... what if we put a Starbucks... _inside_ another Starbucks!")
On the other hand, the structure of the text reminds me of a two-semester seminar I attended in grad school, so maybe there's something to be taken from it.
Perhaps a brief explanation of the topic is in order. Whats the book about?
"Godel, Escher, Bach" is about the meaning of meaning. In particular it is an exploration of the ways in which complexity can emerge from systems consisting of "simple" elements and formal rules.
It is incredibly easy to read, despite dealing with some very heavy topics, namely isomorphisms, recursion, paradox, infinity and formal systems.
I'd write more but my mind has been blown from trying to comprehend a Starbucks within a Starbucks.