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Hofstadter on DetachmentThis doesn't actually have anything at all to do with the concept of detachment I've been discussing, but the word “detachment” always reminds me of the following piece on The Propositional Calculus, from Gödel, Escher, Bach.
Now we can do a more advanced exercise, based on a Zen koan called “Ganto's Ax”. Here is how it begins:
It also reminds me of the Queen in Alice in Wonderland, who was always saying “Off with her head!”. I always thought there was some connection between the two, but apparently there isn't.
Speaking of quotations within quotations, or of stories within stories, one of my favorite examples is the Tale of the Three Storytelling Machines of King Genius from The Cyberiad.
@ March (2000)