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Letter to Douglas Hofstadter, author of "Godel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid"

Dear Mr. Hofstadter -

Thank you so much for an excellent book. I could spend a long time (for it was a long book read over a very long period of time) talking about the number of times where my view of self-awareness, consciousness, intelligence, etc. were all changed forever. I will simply let the above reference suffice to tell you how much I revere your work as the purpose of my letter is the discussion of a particular conclusion that you made.

In the hopes of furthering our mutual understanding of what it means to be intelligent or conscious, I'd like to offer and alternative conclusion to one that you made when you were talking about the symbols that our brain held together, particularly the self-symbol. This was one of my favorite points in the book, mostly because I had never considered the idea of self as a very sophisticated symbol inside the neural net that makes up our brain. The most intriguing part was that, while I had never before imagined such a concept, it see…

The Voucher Issue

I know; the gripping title has you welded to your seat.

Actually, if you live in Utah and happen to be reading this at about the time of it's authorship, the mention of the word voucher was probably enough to stop you. The issue of vouchers has been a red-hot topic in political discussions for a number of years and it seems to have come to a head in just the last few weeks. There was even one official that sent a memo to her staff saying that she felt that those people who were pro-vouchers were led by Satan. Wow.

The vote was tonight. The polls have already closed, but I wanted to give my two cents here before biasing my opinion with the final results. So, I have purposely refrained from looking at them.

Before I tell you my position I want to make a couple of things clear:

First, I am a registered Republican, and I am what one would consider a "values voter" to some extent. From this standpoint, I am a pretty average Utah citizen. Utah has often been stamped as the …