Get Smarty

October 3, 2007 at 9:13 pm | Posted in books, turtles | 2 Comments

So my host mom went to the jungle a few weeks ago to visit relatives and brought back a turtle. Every day I’ve been taking the turtle out to the park for a walk. Turtles did it right by setting really low expectations about their speed, but they can actually cover a decent distance in a short amount of time. Way to go, turtles.

I’m reading a book right now called Gödel, Escher, Bach: an Eternal Golden Braid which I first heard about from my brother Steven, and I am almost smart enough to understand it. The author describes it as a ‘very personal attempt to say how it is that animate beings can come out of inanimate matter’. The chunk of my little brain that loves philosophy is really excited to read it, and the rest is terrified. I’m 35 pages in (out of 750), and each of those 35 pages I’ve read two or three times over. My synthesis thus far is that I like the style of writing because the author uses exclamation marks (!) when he is talking about mathematics (!!!). Okay in all seriousness, I haven’t really been involved academically with math or music in quite a while, and I left my collection of Escher prints back in the states, but the book has been interesting thus far though and I’m eager to see where this ‘metaphorical fugue’ takes me. If you’ve read it, I’d love to hear what you think.

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