John Searle's six Reith lectures--brief talks given over the BBC--are popular philosophy in the best sense: clear and lively without loss of rigor, and on problems of wide appeal. Searle proposes answers to three related questions: the relation between mind and brain; whether computers can think (they cannot); and why, compared with the natural sciences, the social sciences have taught us so little. On the second two issues he is brilliant...Searle makes a resounding contribution to current debates. (Virginia Quarterly)
In print Professor Searle's lectures retain the same punchy and engaging style as they had on the air. (David Papineau Times Literary Supplement)
Searle's six brief chapters are models of straightforward, vigorous, non-technical argument...All of this heady and provocative stuff makes Searle's book an exciting read. (Stephen P. Stich Philosophical Review)
Searle's book is an admirably clear and vigorous exposition of his views on a connected set of philosophical issues of importance and timeliness. (John Perry)
This book is aggressive, zealous, and acute. Searle's manner is that of a plain man in possession of plain truths that no one can reject if they are plainly enough stated. I cannot think of another book quite like it. (Arthur Danto) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.