19 Jul '13, 12am

The German language class taught in German reminds me of my old post on strange loops:

The German language class taught in German reminds me of my old post on strange loops:

In Godel, Escher, and Bach , the author describes a phenomenon called strange loops. Strange loops are things that are defined in terms of themselves. Like MC Escher’s hands drawing themselves: Self-referencing systems are more than just visual candy; they’re the backbone of many key conceptual systems used by humankind. For example, a dictionary defines the meaning of words, but what do you get when you look up a word? More words. What happens when you look up those words? More words. It’s turtles all the way down . Some strange loops in software: gcc is written in C. Rubinius is written in Ruby. Postgres stores its internal data in itself. In computing, the verb we use for strange loops is bootstraping (or “booting” for short). The metaphor for bootstrapping is grabbing yourself by the straps of your boots and pulling hard enough that you levitate. On its surface, writin...

Full article: http://adam.heroku.com/past/2009/4/6/strange_loops/

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