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© Egbert B. Gebstadter. Note the necktie: it's tied with a slipknot — in fact, a very slippery knot!


 

 

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. involving IA (intelligent artifice) were called “Quest-Essence, Mind-Pattern, Intellect and Studio.” His focus was on deterministic sequential models of digital emotion.[1]

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 copycats.”

Egbert B. Gebstadter is the Egbert B. Gebstadter of indirect self-reference.[2]

 

Opening bars, right hand notes of Etude Op.10, n.1 by Chopin
FOOTNOTES

[1] Biographical details from Douglas Hofstadter, Metamagical Themas ( NY: Basic Books, 1985), p.33.

[2] Ibid., p.806.


Text by Gwen Ethylor
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