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Living with Strange Loops

Oct 16, 2013
5:30 pm to 6:30 pm
Lafayette Hall L408

Strange loops as a metaphor for Being has been explored by Douglas Hofstadter, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Godel, Escher, Bach (1979). In May of this year his mysterious butterfly fractal was confirmed as a physical phenomena manifesting in a solid-state (physics) system. This newly forming group will meet seven times during the semester and share in guided discussions (based on the interests of those present). The goal is to respect and build on the connections between fundamental experiences of Being and Big Questions related to being part of complex systems. In academia, this territory is relevant when exploring systems theory, metaphysical philosophy and philosophy of mind, and questions of origins, beauty, technology, and knowledge itself. Everyone is welcome; you need not attend all of the sessions to be present at one.

For more information, contact Michelle McGee at 802-922-1665 or

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