Although I have never been much of a fan of Hofstadter, his work has a loyal and faithful academic following. To be honest I was never very tolerant of his fans gushing about how their minds were blown by his revelation inspiring work. However, I think it’s time now that I put that aside and see what GEB is actually worth.
Reddit.com/r/GEB is doing a group read through starting January 17. As the ‘community’ posts related materials as well as self-serving fodder to garner ‘karma’, it may be a good opportunity to ride the wave of peer pressure to complete the novel this decade.
As it has been pointed out on Reddit, MIT’s OpenCourseWare offers video lectures on GEB, albeit aimed at a high school audience. So it might be a good time to dust off my copy and try to knock this one out before the next New Year.
P.S. It’s also worth noting that anyone who intends on following the subreddit for content should be aware the signal to noise ratio tends to be low, especially if the group grows substantially. During the Stanford AI class, the professors would create posts to communicate with the students directly, but it was hardly worth subscribing to due to the deluge of inane posts.