Mystery of Consciousness by John R. Searle
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Mystery of Consciousness
By John R. Searle

The Mystery of Consciousness

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Mystery of Consciousness by John R. Searle

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It 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 Details

ISBN: 9780940322066
ISBN-10: 0940322064
Format: Paperback
(184mm x 121mm x 14mm)
Pages: 240
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

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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 by John R. Searle Rationality in Action, Paperback (February 2003)

A novel investigation of rationality by philosopher John R. Searle.

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