Re: Riddles (was: Lateral Thinking)

From: Damien Broderick (
Date: Wed Jan 03 2001 - 16:17:05 MST

At 11:07 PM 2/01/01 -0800, Spike wrote:

>> I am frankly amazed that Hofstadter managed to
>> miss that. ("What is an example of a self-answering question?")

>He didn't miss it! It was a meta-gag.

Yep. That's one of Hofstadter's most charming, sly, characteristic tricks.

>One of my compulsions is to
>mark errors in books. Almost all books have em. GEB is error
>free, a remarkable feat for such a long complicated work.

Not quite. Guess you missed the < hypopothesis > at the end of p. 545 (in
the UK Penguin edition; I assume pagination is identical), and the odd
stutter such as < each time time > (p. 604) and < is to to use > (p. 609);
and to be somewhat picky, < boustrophedonic > in the second line of Figure
40, p. 169, is a solecism, since <
boustrophedon > is its own adjective, a rather Hofstadterian fact. But it's
true that overall the text is *remarkably* clean.

Damien Broderick

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