The Mystery of Consciousness
By (author) John R. Searle
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Mystery of Consciousness by John R. Searle
Book DescriptionIt has long been one of the most fundamental problems of philosophy, and it is now, John Searle writes, "the most important problem in the biological sciences": What is consciousness? Is my inner awareness of myself something separate from my body? In what began as a series of essays in The New York Review of Books, John Searle evaluates the positions on consciousness of such well-known scientists and philosophers as Francis Crick, Gerald Edelman, Roger Penrose, Daniel Dennett, David Chalmers, and Israel Rosenfield. He challenges claims that the mind works like a computer, and that brain functions can be reproduced by computer programs. With a sharp eye for confusion and contradiction, he points out which avenues of current research are most likely to come up with a biological examination of how conscious states are caused by the brain. Only when we understand how the brain works will we solve the mystery of consciousness, and only then will we begin to understand issues ranging from artificial intelligence to our very nature as human beings.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780940322066
(184mm x 121mm x 14mm)
Imprint: The New York Review of Books, Inc
Publisher: The New York Review of Books, Inc
Publish Date: 1-Sep-1997
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author John R. Searle
Foundations of Illocutionary Logic, Paperback (February 2009)
This is a formal and systematic study of the logical foundations of speech act theory.
Philosophy in a New Century, Paperback (December 2008)
This collection of essays spans nearly two decades and covers all three areas of Searle's main philosophical interest.
Mind, Paperback (September 2005)
Offers a general introduction to the philosophy of the mind. Giving a survey of the major issues, including philosophical issues in cognitive science and neurobiology, the author argues for his own distinctive point of view. He leads the reader through a variety of theories that reduce the mind to aspects that can be fully explained by physics.
Rationality in Action, Paperback (February 2003)» View all books by John R. Searle
A novel investigation of rationality by philosopher John R. Searle.
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