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The Copycat project: a model of mental fluidity and analogy-making

@inproceedings{Hofstadter1995TheCP,
  title={The Copycat project: a model of mental fluidity and analogy-making},
  author={Douglas Richard Hofstadter and Melanie Mitchell},
  year={1995}
}
concept (as opposed to the instance thereof found inside the string xyz). Many people, eager to construct a successor to Platonic z, invoke the commonplace notion of circularity, thus conceiving of a as the successor of z, much as January can be considered the successor of December, the digit Ό' the successor of the digit '9', an ace the successor of a king, or, in music, the note A the successor of the noteG. Invoking circularity in this way to deal with Problem 6 is a small type of creative… Expand
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