“At every moment,” Hofstadter writes in Surfaces and Essences, his latest book (written with Emmanuel Sander), “we are simultaneously faced with an indefinite number of overlapping and intermingling situations.” It is our job, as organisms that want to live, to make sense of that chaos. We do it by having the right concepts come to mind. This happens automatically, all the time. Analogy is Hofstadter’s go-to word. The thesis of his new book, which features a mélange ofA’s on its cover, is that analogy is “the fuel and fire of thinking,” the bread and butter of our daily mental lives.
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Simple Definition of go–to
: always helpful : producing desired results or information when needed
Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary
Full Definition of go–to
: relied on for expert knowledge or skill <the company's go–to guy>