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Surfaces and Essences by Emmanuel Sander, Douglas Hofstadter

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CHAPTER 1

The Evocation of Words

How do Words Pop to Mind?

At every moment we are faced with a new situation. Actually, the truth is much more complicated than that. The truth is that, at every moment, we are simultaneously faced with an indefinite number of overlapping and intermingling situations.

In the airport, we are surrounded by strangers whom we casually observe. Some seem interesting to us, others less so. We see ads everywhere. We think vaguely about the cities whose names come blaring out through loudspeakers, yet at the same time we are absorbed in our private thoughts. We wonder if there’s time enough to go get a frozen yogurt, we ...

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