Now reading: Godel, Escher Bach: an Eternal Golden Braid by Douglas Hofstadter My first encounter with this book was at the Hampshire College bookstore in 1990. It looked *really* intriguing and _this_ course description showed me that *this* is the book I really want to read and understand. Alas, just as the Quantum Physics course I wanted was not available that semester, this particular course in GEB was full. [I don’t regret my other choices but I *really* wanted this course] So, on the back burner it went. “Someday” I’ll tackle GEB. Thank you John Alley for mentioning it today. Just as ZATAOMM was haunting me since I was a young teenager, GEB has been haunting me since I was 18. I absorbed ZATAOMM last night and now, I’m going through GEB. Will I comprehend it one time through? Will it take multiple passes from different perspectives with different foci? I don’t know yet. But so far, I like it a lot. I can’t go back in time to take a course that was full at a college I no longer attend, but I *can* do the coursework now on my own. I think I’m ready.

Now reading: Godel, Escher Bach: an Eternal Golden Braid by Douglas Hofstadter

My first encounter with this book was at the Hampshire College bookstore in 1990. It looked *really* intriguing and _this_ course description showed me that *this* is the book I really want to read and understand.

Alas, just as the Quantum Physics course I wanted was not available that semester, this particular course in GEB was full. [I don’t regret my other choices but I *really* wanted this course]

So, on the back burner it went. “Someday” I’ll tackle GEB.

Thank you John Alley for mentioning it today. Just as ZATAOMM was haunting me since I was a young teenager, GEB has been haunting me since I was 18. I absorbed ZATAOMM last night and now, I’m going through GEB.

Will I comprehend it one time through? Will it take multiple passes from different perspectives with different foci? I don’t know yet.

But so far, I like it a lot.

I can’t go back in time to take a course that was full at a college I no longer attend, but I *can* do the coursework now on my own. I think I’m ready.

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