Egbert B. Gebstadter. Note the necktie: it's tied with
a slipknot — in fact, a very slippery
Egbert B. Gebstadter is best known as the author of Copper,
Silver, Gold: an Indestructible Metallic Alloy. This remarkable
work, clearly a heavyweight, was awarded the coveted “Pull
it, Sir!” prize in the1980 All-Australian Book Tug-of-War.
He has written a number of other books as well, on a number of other
topics, including cognitive speculation, ambiguous phonographics,
and poetic transformation.
Before 1985, Gebstadter worked several years
in the Psychology Department of
Pakistania University in Wiltington,
Pakistania, after which he joined the faculty of the Computer
Science Department of the University of Mishuggan in Tom Treeline,
Mishuggan, where he occupied the Rexall Chair in the College of
Art, Sciences, and Letters. His research projects at U. Mish.
IA (intelligent artifice) were called “Quest-Essence, Mind-Pattern,
Intellect and Studio.” His focus was on deterministic sequential
models of digital emotion.
Gebstadter later returned to Pakistania University,
where he became head of the Stagnant Metaphors User Group (SMUG),
which he leads
to this day. It has been suggested
that Douglas Hofstadter’s Fluid Analogies Research Group is seen
at best as a rival, and at worst as a derivative organization,
to which Gebstadter’s
“SMUGglers” sometimes refer derisively as “those
Egbert B. Gebstadter is the Egbert B. Gebstadter of indirect self-reference.
Biographical details from Douglas Hofstadter, Metamagical
Themas ( NY: Basic Books, 1985), p.33.
Text by Gwen
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