the analogy

a kind of bomb nothing ever the same after it
a program can act on itself
in the textuality of the Dao
so that people can read about how to do it

     a language that allows for infinite loops
     feedback with a microphone and speaker

     a squeal that blows your equipment
     we must carry the analogy through thoroughly

     one level mirrors its metalevel
     it is not a total mystery

     hinges on understanding not
     appears to be a fiction

about how to do it
because the writing

     the gödelnumbering is the beautiful thing
     the proof relies on the fact

     that any derivation is an arithmetical
     function of two natural numbers one

     is the gödel number
     of the statement being derived the other

     is the gödel number
     of the derivation itself

a kind of bomb
the whole that cannot be

     the world the book is divided into
     explains the knowledge itself

     number theory     chinese     dna
     if a system is powerful enough to encode

     information about itself
     gödel’s predicate     dào kĕ dào …     a dna

     that codes for enzymes that will destroy it
     a program can act on itself as input data

because the writing was

     the beautiful thing
     of escher’s drawing of two hands drawing each other

     the whole that cannot be
     explained in terms of the parts

appears to be a fiction
in the textuality of the Dao
the hub of a wheel where the spokes point

From A coat of ashes

Gödel’s theorem is explained in Gödel, Escher, Bach: an Eternal Golden Braid by Douglas Hofstadter, Harvester 1979, from which the quoted fragments in stanzas 3–5 are taken (p. 708), and which also discusses feedback, DNA and Escher’s drawings.

The quoted fragment in the first and final stanzas is from Daoism: A Short Introduction by James Miller, Oneworld Publications 2003, p. 149.

The Chinese fragment in stanza 14 is the first three words of the Dao De Jing; the image of the hub occurs in chapter 11.

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