Somebody must like me: I checked my P.O. Box today, and found an “advance uncorrected proof” of Douglas Hofstadter’s “I Am A Strange Loop,” due out in March 2007 from Perseus Books.

Dr. Hofstadter is best known as the author of “Gödel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid,” a philosophical tome which I’ve read several times (I understand less than a quarter of it), and “Metamagical Themas,” an easier-to-comprehend collection of his Scientific American articles.

This new book is far smaller than the massive GEB and equally massive MT, and like GEB, focuses on questions of human self-awareness. I don’t know if I’ll agree with Dr. Hofstadter‘s arguments. I’ll settle for merely understanding them.

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