Re: virus: true/false/meaningless

Eva-Lise Carlstrom (
Tue, 9 Mar 1999 16:00:39 -0800 (PST)

On Tue, 9 Mar 1999, Dave Pape wrote:

> At 16:11 08/03/99 -0800, you wrote:
> >Joe Dees:
> >
> >Re your challenge a while back (I've only just caught up on my email,
> >which has piled up alarmingly in the past several weeks, as anyone whose
> >mail has bounced due to my being over quota is no doubt aware) about
> >statements which are neither true, false, nor meaningless:
> >
> >I very highly recommend George Lakoff and Mark Turner's book _More Than
> >Cool Reason_. It's about the deep involvement of metaphor in how we think
> >and communicate--metaphor is not just frosting, as people have often
> >considered it.
> Doug Hofstadter's research (his book Fluid Concepts and Creative Analogies
> EG) is all about reasoning by analogy and conceptual slippage, isn't it?
> Mind you, FC&CA's quite descriptive-of-research, rather than lovely and
> allegorical like GEBEGB was. Is More Than... a cool read?

I still haven't read _Fluid Concepts_ yet; I do love Hofstadter's writing tho. I actually prefer Metamagical Themas_ to _GEB_, but that's probably because I love natural language more than music or math. In any case, yes, Lakoff's book is fun, in the opinion of someone who enjoys that sort of thing. ;)