I read G.E.&B. and had very high hopes for this book. I read a review of this book where it talked about the work he and his group did looking at analogies and I thought wow, this was going to be killer. For example, his group wrote a computer program to solve problems like "What comes next in this series? 2,4,7,8,20...", and looked at things like "What is the Hackensack NJ of Nebraska?" (more interesting than it seems), and "I touch this coffee cup in front of me on the table, now you do the same" (to a person who might not have a coffee cup near them), and others.
His point being that analogy making is the heart of human intelligence.
So I settled down with this 400 page tome and had great expectations of many wonderful evenings ahead of me. FORGET IT. The interesting bits in the books can fill 5 to 10 pages and the rest of the book is filled with talk about their computer program implementations of these ideas. And after the first program is written all the other ones are direct offshoots of it without much new work so it gets pretty monotomous pretty quickly. Oh sure, to sit down with Mr. H and discuss these things one evening over beers would be *amazing*, but to have to slog through this book is not.
If you really want a book that will blow your mind, check out "Consciousness Explained" by Daniel Dennett. That books is powers of 10 greater in intellectual amazement than this book ever hoped to be.