Thursday, August 5, 2010

What's Douglas Hofstadter's favorite joke?

This one.


  1. oh wait now i sort of do

    good one

  2. It's Adam's joke. What do you mean sort of, do you get it or not???

  3. What a long strange loop it's been...

    I came by and saw this yesterday, and didn't altogether get it, in part (it turns out) because Hofstadter's name didn't ring a bell. I've certainly known of Godel, Escher, Bach for decades -- it sat on the shelf in at least half of the hippie apartments I hung out in once long ago -- though I've never read it myself, and hadn't ever made a point of remembering who wrote it.

    This has never not been my least favorite non-joke, which is a lie if I'm telling the truth and is not a lie if I'm not telling the truth, but this might not be the case.

    Word verification is "essenshi," which I think proves the point. Yup, right down to the bare essenshi.

  4. Not getting the not quite getting it. My brother made this up like 10 years ago and I still love it. Oh well.