The Rules that Give Your Mind Its Power.

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“What sorts of ‘rules’ could possibly capture all of what we think of as intelligent behavior however? Certainly there must be rules on all sorts of different levels. There must be many ‘just plain’ rules. There must be ‘metarules’ to modify the ‘just plain’ rules; then ‘metametarules’ to modify the metarules, and so on. The flexibility of intelligence comes from the enormous number of different rules, and levels of rules.

The reason that so many rules on so many different levels must exist is that in life, a creature is faced with millions of situations of completely different types. In some situations, there are stereotyped responses which require ‘just plain’ rules. Some situations are mixtures of stereotyped situations – thus they require rules for deciding which of the ‘just plain’ rules to apply. Some situations cannot be classified – thus there must exist rules for inventing new rules … and on and on. Without doubt, Strange Loops involving rules that change themselves, directly or indirectly, are at the core of intelligence.

Sometimes the complexity of our minds seems so overwhelming that one feels that there can be no solution to the problem of understanding intelligence – that it is wrong to think that rules of any sort govern a creature’s behavior, even if one takes ‘rule’ in the multilevel sense described above.”

Godel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid

By Douglas R. Hofstadter

This book is a masterpiece. I will probably never stop re-reading it.
Hofstadter uses metaphor to explain metaphor and in so doing,
he leads us, though that experience, to understand the mind, ours,
that is busy understanding itself. Click the title to learn more.


5 comments on “The Rules that Give Your Mind Its Power.

  1. i never doubt that mind power can also increase the healing ability of the body.*'”

  2. i always thought that there is some sort of built in mind power in everyone of us.’~.

  3. It seems obvious that there is. On the other hand, it is not nearly so obvious that the mind power is directed, automatically to hour benefit. There is all sorts of craziness and unhappiness in the world. So, there must be some constraints, that direct and tune, as it were, what the mind is up to. Don’t you think?

  4. i do know from my experience that mind power exists and it can be used for our well being-,*

  5. somehow there is mind power in everyone of us, we just need to develop it ~,.

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