Essay in the Style of Douglas Hofstadter

Douglas Hofstadter

Abstract


The following article was written in the style of my good friend the writer and cognitive scientist Doug Hofstadter.  It was written not by a human being, but by my computer program "EWI" (an acronym for "Experiments in Writing Intelligence").  EWI was fed the texts of two of Hofstadter's books — namely, Gödel, Escher, Bach (winner of the Pulitzer Prize for General Nonfiction in 1980) and Metamagical Themas — and then, following its code, EWI carefully analyzed these two books for their uniquely Hofstadterian stylistic elements and features, after which it recombined these stylistic elements in new fashions.  EWI thereby came up with some 25 new and highly diverse "Hofstadter articles", one of which is given below, and at the very end the article is followed by a brief commentary about EWI and its output, by Hofstadter himself.

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1609/aimag.v30i3.2256

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