Conversations with Nobody

I asked Chat about computer feedback loops and it reminded me of a book written by neuroscientist that seems to confirm an aspect of the nondual perspective – there is no fixed, permanent self. So beating yourself up makes no sense – on whose or which story are you focused.

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In I am a Strange Loop the author describes a feedback look in human identity that seems to function similarly to what you describe? Is that further proof that humans have no fixed identity or self?

As an AI language model, I don’t have opinions or beliefs, and I cannot provide proof. However, I can provide information based on my training data.

In “I Am a Strange Loop,” a book by Douglas Hofstadter, the author explores the concept of self and identity from a cognitive science perspective. One of the key ideas presented in the book is that human identity is a result of feedback loops in our cognitive processes. According to Hofstadter, our sense of self arises from the patterns of information processing that occur in our brains, which involve feedback loops that shape our thoughts, memories, and experiences.

Hofstadter argues that there is no fixed, unchanging “I” or self, but rather a dynamic and ever-changing process that emerges from these feedback loops. He suggests that our sense of self is not a separate entity, but rather an ongoing cognitive process that emerges from the complexity of our brains. This idea challenges the notion of a fixed and immutable self, and suggests that our identity is constantly evolving and shaped by our experiences, thoughts, and interactions with the world.

It’s worth noting that this idea is not universally accepted and is subject to philosophical and scientific debates. Some philosophers and scientists argue for the existence of a fixed and enduring self, while others support the idea of a dynamic and ever-changing sense of identity. The concept of self and identity is complex and multi-faceted, and different perspectives exist on this topic.

It’s important to approach this topic with critical thinking and consider multiple perspectives before drawing any definitive conclusions. While the feedback loop model presented by Hofstadter provides an interesting framework for understanding the dynamic nature of human identity, it is just one perspective among many in the ongoing philosophical and scientific discourse on this topic.


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