frieze issue 155 "Loop the Loop"
Mark Callahan

"Although Douglas Hofstadter, the American professor of cognitive science, famously speculated that recursive loops were the secret to consciousness, there is a more intuitively convincing opposing argument. This position regards the loop as a mechanism that causes a cognitive lock when perceived in a given system of meaning. In other words, loops are things you get stuck in; this is an actuality represented in many forms, from mathematical problems to narrative devices."