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Surfaces and Essences by Emmanuel Sander, Douglas Hofstadter

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EPIDIALOGUE

Katy and Anna Debate the Core of Cognition

Categorization versus Analogy-making

Our book ends with a dialogue in which two friends, Katy and Anna, argue about what lies at the core of cognition. Katy sees categorization as playing that role, and she is persuaded that it differs in many ways from analogy-making. Anna sees analogy-making as lying at cognition’s core, though she agrees with Katy about categorization’s importance; indeed, she does her best to show that analogy-making and categorization are one and the same thing by finding weaknesses, point by point, in Katy’s arguments.

The following table summarizes the nine dimensions ...

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