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The best recommendation for this book is that Searle's writing style is clear.
Rather than dualism, or materialistic monism, this book offers an intuitive view of biological brains giving rise to irreducible consciousness.
Of course, it's not *really* trivial (that was just my gut feeling) and his arguments are often subtle, but the main ideas are the following.
Drawing on material originally published in The New York Review of Books, Searle confronts what he terms the mystery of consciousness. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Richard B. Schwartz
John Searle doesn't really make many claims himself in this book. It's more of an overview of the (poor) state of our scientific understanding of the phenomenon of consciousness,... Read morePublished 9 months ago by M. Heu
Searle's "The Mystery of Consciousness" is a very good read. In particular, Searle's argument holds up very well in the face of many other philosophers and thinkers who are... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Timothy E. Kennelly
This is about the fruitless search for the key to consciousness in the brain. The author swats down several theories as to how the brain can create emotions, his low bar for... Read morePublished 12 months ago by John W. Cowan
John Rogers Searle (born 1932) is an American philosopher at UC Berkeley. He has written many other books, such as The Rediscovery of the Mind, Mind: A Brief Introduction, Mind,... Read morePublished 19 months ago by Steven H Propp
(1) This is a good book to learn the current (almost) status of consciousness study. The author is Prof. of Philosophy at the UCB. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Masayoshi Ishida
John R. Searle's book "The Mystery of Consciousness" is a curious book. On the one hand, the theory of consciousness it presents seems breathtakingly trivial. Read morePublished on July 1, 2009 by Ashtar Command