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I am a strange loop

Wonderful to see Douglas Hofstadter’s book I Am a Strange Loop win an LA Times Book Award. What passess as the literati these days needs to be exposed to a mind that is highly cultured, literary and that has unforced conceptual depth. See the Scientific American and the JASSS reviews from last year. Douglas Hofstadter


                                The Volume 18, Number 1 issue of Scientific American Reports is a special edition on robotics. The following articles feature:  1. Bill Gates’s “A Robot in Every Home” concentrates on such commonplace items as the vacuum cleaner and not the…

Brain Damage

For us Chili heads or connoisseurs if you wish there are many sauces out there with novelty packaging designed to appeal to our habit. Unfortunately, however amusing as some of the marketing may be, most of these sauces tend to be very disappointing. Either they are too bland and watery – or they lack any…