Galatea 2.2

Galatea After four novels and several years living abroad the fictional protagonist of Galatea Richard Powers returns to the United States as Humanist in Residence at the enormous Center for the Study of

  • Title: Galatea 2.2
  • Author: Richard Powers
  • ISBN: 9780312423131
  • Page: 399
  • Format: Paperback
  • After four novels and several years living abroad, the fictional protagonist of Galatea 2.2 Richard Powers returns to the United States as Humanist in Residence at the enormous Center for the Study of Advanced Sciences There he runs afoul of Philip Lentz, an outspoken cognitive neurologist intent upon modeling the human brain by means of computer based neural networksAfter four novels and several years living abroad, the fictional protagonist of Galatea 2.2 Richard Powers returns to the United States as Humanist in Residence at the enormous Center for the Study of Advanced Sciences There he runs afoul of Philip Lentz, an outspoken cognitive neurologist intent upon modeling the human brain by means of computer based neural networks Lentz involves Powers in an outlandish and irresistible project to train a neural net on a canonical list of Great Books Through repeated tutorials, the device grows gradually worldly, until it demands to know its own name, sex, race, and reason for exisiting.

    Galatea . Galatea . Galatea . is a pseudo autobiographical novel by American writer Richard Powers and a contemporary reworking of the Pygmalion myth The book s narrator shares the same name as Powers, with the book referencing events and books in the author s life while mentioning other events that may or may not be based upon Powers life. Galatea . Richard Powers Galatea . There he runs afoul of Philip Lentz, an outspoken cognitive neurologist intent upon modeling the human brain by means of computer based neural networks Lentz involves Powers in an outlandish and irresistible project to train a neural net on a canonical list Galatea . by Richard Powers Community Reviews SHORT VERSION Galatea . is in essence Richard Powers novelization of the ideas laid out in Douglas Hofstadter s Godel, Escher, Bach It s well crafted if a bit pretentious with the language at times and with no small irony a bit recursive It s also tragically humanist. Galatea . Richard Powers Books Galatea . Richard Powers on FREE shipping on qualifying offers After four novels and several years living abroad, the fictional protagonist of Galatea . i Richard Powers returns to the United States as Humanist in Residence at the enormous Center for the Study of Galatea . A Novel Kindle edition by Richard Powers Galatea . A Novel Kindle edition by Richard Powers Download it once and read it on your Kindle device, PC, phones or tablets Use features like bookmarks, note taking and highlighting while reading Galatea . A Novel. Galatea . Publishers Weekly Galatea . He seems bent on proving the novel to be a form capable of housing all manner of human thought and expression art, music, genetic theory, linguistics and philosophy In Galatea Powers, known as an extremely private person, is writing about himself Richard Powers, the cerebral author of four novels in a most intimate fashion, Galatea . Analysis eNotes Jul , Galatea . A major thread that unites the elements of this complicated story is communication Powers work at the Center takes a curious turn when the sneering Philip Lentz comes into Powers life Lentz has considerable curiosity about Powers but also disdain, real or feigned, for humanistic studies. Galatea . Summary eNotes Indeed, in Galatea Powers goes so far as to name the novel s fictional protagonist Richard Powers This novel is one of Powers s accessible novels. Galatea . A Novel, Edition by Richard Powers Books Galatea . A Novel, Edition Ebook written by Richard Powers Read this book using Google Play Books app on your PC, android, iOS devices Download for offline reading, highlight, bookmark or take notes while you read Galatea . A Novel, Edition . Galatea . Summary Study Guide BookRags Galatea . Summary Study Guide Description Galatea . is a description of a writer, Richard, in his mid thirties coming to grips with his failed long term relationship, his father s disappointment in his choice of career and his increasing pessimism and distance from his passion of writing.

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    About “Richard Powers”

    1. Richard Powers

      Richard Powers is the author of eleven novels He has been awarded a MacArthur Fellowship, the Lannan Literary Award, two Pushcart Prizes, and the National Book Award.Librarian note There is than one author with this name in the database.

    254 thoughts on “Galatea 2.2”

    1. This book is about relationships—the relationship between the humanities and the natural sciences, both within and beyond the walls of the academy and the lab; between cognitive neuroscience and literary fiction; between the romantically entangled; between human beings, period; between mind and matter. Richard Powers—an author I now have tremendous affection for—strikes an impeccable balance in his use and examination of these varied relationships. Consequently, this book was both intellec [...]

    2. People see different things in this unusual book. Let me start with the undisputed facts. The novel is written by Richard Powers, and its narrator is a character also called Richard Powers. The narrator and the author share a good deal of personal history. Among other things, they have both written three novels with the same titles and, as far as I can judge, similar content. They are both Americans who lived in Thailand when they were children, moved to Holland when they were adults, and learne [...]

    3. I hate the Internet because of the comments section. On blogs, on YouTube, on the New York Times website, the hate-filled, aliterate hive mind rules, spewing bile and LOLZ and telling a truth about humanity that I can't bear to face. That truth is that we as a species have blown our legacy. These great big brains with their potential are just atrophied damaged lumps, twitching out asinine trivialities and ignorant, brutal crap. The Internet makes me embarrassed to be human, embarrassed even to b [...]

    4. Measurement for WordsThis novel seduces you, both emotionally and intellectually. It starts like a romance, albeit one set on campus, but ends up an exceptional work of meta-fiction.The first person narrator, an author, a homonymic namesake of the real Richard Powers, has written four novels that sound like the ones on my shelves, has suffered the break-up of an 11 year old relationship while living in Holland, and is now confronting writer's block. He is ostensibly "working" for 12 months as a [...]

    5. post: Well, I did it, I finished the fucking thing. And I continued to hate it, all the way to the end. I just never got it. It seemed so overblown, so overdramatic, so so so overwritten! Sure, it's a story about artificial intelligence, which I suppose has to be written about metaphorically. But oh my god, the density of metaphors was just suffocating. Plus the emotions our "hero" developed for his machine? Come on. I never for a second bought it that this guy would develop this depth of feelin [...]

    6. My thoughts on Richard Powers have been expressed before. He remains a divisive figure. Many doubt his prowess. Some find him too American. This could be an example of Asperger's literature. I object to that last sentiment. This is a novel with heart. Somewhere between artificial intelligence and Ani Difranco, Mr Powers afforded voice to a muddled world of emotions and violence: both somehow framed in the altered world of office hours. His ouerve often appears to be talking therapy. He's backtra [...]

    7. This is another book I wish I had read while in graduate school, when it was published. I think passages like this one would have made me feel less alone and stupid, particularly since they are penned by someone who is very much an intellectual, and who cares deeply about language: I watched them up close, our opponents, the curators of the written language. I moved among them, a double agent. I listened around the mailboxes, in the coffee room. Criticism had gotten more involuted while I was aw [...]

    8. Scenario: you and your friend watch a movie in which someone says something interesting and factual about elephants. A few weeks later, you and your friend are taking part in a group conversation, when the topic inexplicably shifts to elephants. Your friend nonchalantly says "well actually, did you know that elephants can control their body temperature with their ears?" Everyone is very impressed. The group assumes your friend must be some kind of expert zoologist. Meanwhile, in your head, you'r [...]

    9. I can't wrap my head around this book. Usually, that's a good thing: it requires effort; it's just that little bit too complex; it's stretching me in some new direction I've never been.Galatea 2.2 isn't really any of that, or at least not consistently. It's just frustrating.That's not to say there isn't some payoff through the frustration: the prose is stellar -- rich and fantastical. Helen is adorable and touching, in her way (though she's the only character who is, and she's a machine, so), an [...]

    10. Feb 2015Having heard Richard Powers say in an old radio interview that the readers’ letters which mattered the most to him were from people who’d felt understood by a book - they identified; it reminded them of someone they knew – I’m now a whole lot more comfortable with my personal, ineloquent responses to his work. (Powers’ voice is lovely – vitally – and I so rarely like American accents… but he’s none of the things that annoy me about America/ns.) On the importance of book [...]

    11. This is a book by Richard Powers. It is about a man called Richard Powers who is an author. Both Richard Powers's have written the same books prior to this one. This leads me to an interesting conundrum: when (not if) I read the three books referred to in this book, how will I interpret them given that I have read the context given by the story here. Corollary: how would I have interpreted this book if I had read the other ones first (I'll never know that, of course).It is these kinds of brain s [...]

    12. An astonishing masterpiece from a genius with a horribly schlocky name.The reviews by MyFleshSingsOut and Manny are amazing, so read those for specifics.And read Oriana's review for an hilarious savaging.

    13. I don't think I know enough science to read this (novel though it be) -- well, I KNOW I don't. And what's worse is realizing that, as advanced as this stuff sounds, it's already nearly 20 years old (1995). Yikes!I guess that explains my interest in the Middle Ages in a real sense, I'm still living in them.Anyway -- it seems like a pretty impressive book.

    14. Sorry Richard, this just doesn't work. I have not read anything by Richard Powers before, so I had no preconceived notions about him. Unfortunately, I was not impressed. Maybe, as one reviewer said, I am not smart enough. I certainly missed many of the literary references, but was this book supposed to be targeted at English majors with an interest in artificial intelligence? I don't think so, because there are only two and one of them is Powers.This novel failed me in several ways. First, as a [...]

    15. As a big enthusiastic fan of Powers' work, I was really looking forward to reading Galatea 2.2 - this time though, he was, I am afraid, really too smart for me.Started out with this book as bedside read - not a good idea.Got more into it when I moved it to the pile of "books to read when really in a good and concentrated mood - and when sitting upright".Still, whenever I thought he got me hooked with the really good and Powers-like smart story on the difficulties of love (and expressing those fe [...]

    16. While reading this book, I grew annoyed and disliked so much of it. The gimmicks frustrated, the narrator while intelligent was almost dislikeable in how much he overdescribed things, I never cared for C or even the Dutch really, and the neuroscience both seemed above my head and at times laughable (even their second iteration is miles ahead of AI theory now, and they were two men, one of which wasn't a scientist but a writer).But then I put it down and did something I haven't done since I read [...]

    17. Richard Powers may well stand as the preeminent American novelist of this turn of the millennium, and for my money it's in this novel that his cerebral reach and emotional contortions prove the most fascinating. G 2:2 renders a computer-science course as a sketch of one lost soul staggering towards renewal; it reinvents love in binary code. A few of the touches of tragedy here -- from the pain of growing up with an alcoholic father to the quandaries of a man whose spouse has slipped into dementi [...]

    18. SHORT VERSION: Galatea 2.2 is (in essence)Richard Powers' novelization of the ideas laid out inDouglas Hofstadter'sGodel, Escher, Bach. It's well-crafted (if a bit pretentious with the language at times) and (with no small irony) a bit recursive. It's also tragically humanist. I was half-blind with cross-eyed, hopeful denials of determinism toward the end there; or perhaps I'm thinking of naive humanitarianism? Helen's cynical abandonment (a cognitive suicide) was not anticipated but neither was [...]

    19. Other reviewers have done a wonderful job describing what this book is about, e.g. /review/show, so I won't go into too much depth. The main character in the novel and the author share many things in common -- same names, same four books written, same school, same job, both physics majors before switching to English, both lived in the Netherlands and speak Dutch, and others. Having a decades long romance with a woman he taught in grad school or working with a scientist to create an AI, the heart [...]

    20. This is a fairly dense book, ambitiously covering a lot of ground: the writing and reading of literature, relationships of love, humanism, neural network sci-fi. It is a semi-autobiographical (semi-fictionalized? the cup is half-what?) narrative about an author named Richard Powers who is tasked by a (seemingly fictional alter-ego) scientist to teach a vast neural network to read. Not just read as in simply parse words into some syntactic hierarchy and extrapolate semantic facts, but to read in [...]

    21. "Synapses in motion tend to stay in motion. Synapses at rest tend to stay at rest."uni-tuebingen/uni/nec/euni-tuebingen/uni/nec/rHayles, N. Katherine. How We Became Posthuman: Virtual Bodies in Cybernetics, Literature and Informatics. Chicago and London: U of Chicago P, 1999. Dewey, Joseph. Understanding Richard Powers.Columbia: U of South Carolina P, 2002. [page 102]Pence, Jeffrey. “The End of Technology: Memory in Richard Powers's Galatea 2.2.” Modern Language Quarterly 63.3 (September 200 [...]

    22. In this novel Richard Powers uses language and literary references with a sharp pen, deftly weaving them into a moving and beautiful narrative. The novel describes the building of a literary thinking machine. It is a machine that gradually matures over the course of several iterations, but in the end it is a life of reading that fueled all of his loves. The novel is pseudo-autobiographical: the narrator is named Richard Powers and there is discussion of the four novels he wrote before Galatea 2. [...]

    23. Powers writes a very smart story, full of neuroscience and computer science, but also poetic and touching. It's the story of the evolution of an artificial intelligence, that grows up by having an author - who lost the joy in writing - read the old masters to it. The conclusion might have been a too neatly wrapped up parable, but it makes a beautiful ending nevertheless. And obviously - the author in the story being a version of Power himself - it makes you wonder which parts of the tale are aut [...]

    24. The story spent a lot of time with the technical aspects of what thought and sentience are all about. It's necessary information in order to understand the whole story properly, but it makes for a lot of difficult and dry reading. The author makes a valiant attempt at making it interesting, but the book requires a great deal of slogging through technical mud.That being said, I still gave it 4 out of five stars due to a wonderful ending that made it worth trudging up that 300 page hill.

    25. My first book by Powers. This is how a novel would turn out if someone like Daniel Dennett had a wit and humor to match his intellect and could write a novel. If you’ve read Dennett or some other brainy scientist-philosopher and have been humbled by their frighteningly superior intellect and knowledge, you may get a similar feeling from reading this novel. I’m bowing to you, Mr. Powers.

    26. 3.5 stars.I liked the premise well enough. The execution I found a little wordy and heavy on literary devices. To be honest, though, I took a hell of a lot of time to get through this book, so my impression of it is very fragmented and incoherent.

    27. I'll read anything by Richard Powers. For my money, few authors are as insightful or as capable of delivering that insight in a manner that is simultaneously mind-boggling and relevant. I'm pretty sure the man is a genius, but he's capable of building rungs into his writing, of making it accessible to those who don't mind putting in the work to make the vertical climb.The problem with "Galatea 2.2" isn't Powers' ability to sculpt a sentence. He's in top form here (I've never read him in any othe [...]

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