Can thought arise out of matter? Can self, soul, consciousness, Ā“Iā€¯ arise out of mere matter? If it cannot, then how can you or I be here?I Am a Strange Loop argues that the key to understanding selves and consciousness is the Ā“strange loopā€¯Ā—a special kind of abstract feedback loop inhabiting our brains. The most central and complex symbol in your brain is the one called Ā“I.ā€¯ The Ā“Iā€¯ is the nexus in our brain, one of many symbols seeming to have free will and to have gained the paradoxical ability to push particles around, rather than the reverse.How can a mysterious abstraction be realĀ—or is our Ā“Iā€¯ merely a convenient fiction? Does an Ā“Iā€¯ exert genuine power over the particles in our brain, or is it helplessly pushed around by the laws of physics?These are the mysteries tackled in I Am a Strange Loop, Douglas Hofstadterā€™s first book-length journey into philosophy since GĆ¶del, Escher, Bach. Compulsively readable and endlessly thought-provoking, this is a moving and profound inquiry into the nature of mind.