Process of Reasoning

„We use the word »all« in a few ways which are defined by the thought processes of reasoning. That is, there are rules which our usage of »all« obeys. We may be unconscious of them, and tend to claim we operate on the basis of the meaning of the word; but that, after all, is only a circumlocution for saying that we are guided by rules which we never make explicit.“ (p. 60) #Hofstadter #rules #meaning #ProcessOfReasoning

Hofstadter, Douglas R., Gödel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid. A Metaphorical Fugue on Minds and Machines in the Spirit of Lewis Carroll. New York: Basic Books 1979.