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Comment What is "what is it really about" about? (Score 1) 123

What sort of thing do you want to hear? The problem is that different people get different insights out of GEB; this fact does not invalidate those insights.

At one level, all the book says is that intelligence is possible. At another, it discusses some of the parallels in music, art and mathematics. At another, it's about brains; it's also about number theory, Zen, and the genetic code; it's about self-reference and analogy, and it's even a parody of (or homage to) Lewis Carroll.

The parable of the five blind men and the elephant doesn't disprove the existence of elephants.

"Consider a spherical bear, in simple harmonic motion..." -- Professor in the UCB physics department