There’s a quote by Douglas M. Hofstadter, author of Gödel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid, that’s been on my mind lately. The quote, such as I remember it, is:
I’m not entirely certain of the wording of the second sentence, but the first one seems perfectly clear to me; yet, googling for it, the only hit I get is an old thread on these boards, where I use it and attribute it to Hofstadter (and it’s certainly a quite Hofstadterian thing to say).
So, is there a source for this quote other than myself? Did I make it up out of the whole cloth, or is there something that roughly corresponds to it and was mangled by memory? I seem to have a vague memory of reading it online in some article, i.e. not in GEB; but I don’t have a searchable copy right now to check. Oh, maybe it was in Dennett’s Consciousness Explained? (Can one use google books to search for a quotation inside a specific book?)
Thanks in advance! Mods, if this fits better in Cafe Society, I’ll appreciate having it moved.