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Strange Loop Canon

Analysing systems underneath economics, business and technology

What's it about?

Life is filled with unwritten essays. About theories that never get to see the light of day, about insights that remain in a sock drawer, about relationship amongst ideas that remain unquestioned. This blog started as an attempt to create a philosophy I could live by, but that quickly got away from me, as strange loops are wont to do.

Why strange loops? Because as Hofstadter said: “when I say “strange loop”, I have something else in mind — a less concrete, more elusive notion. What I mean by “strange loop” is — here goes a first stab, anyway — not a physical circuit but an abstract loop in which, in the series of stages that constitute the cycling-around, there is a shift from one level of abstraction (or structure) to another, which feels like an upwards movement in an hierarchy, and yet somehow the successive “upward” shifts turn out to give rise to a closed cycle”

The strange loops I examine include systems underlying progress, economics, the philosophy of business and the world of technology.

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