Single Idea 3469

[catalogued under 17. Mind and Body / A. Mind-Body Dualism / 2. Interactionism]

Full Idea

There is no "link" between consciousness and the brain, any more than there is a link between the liquidity of water and the H2O molecules.

Gist of Idea

Mind and brain don't interact if they are the same


John Searle (The Rediscovery of the Mind [1992], Ch. 4.III)

Book Reference

Searle,John R.: 'The Rediscovery of the Mind' [MIT 1999], p.105

A Reaction

We say of some properties that 'x is F', and of others that 'x has F', and of others that 'x is F because of y' (as in a knife having sharpness because it is thin and hard). Consciousness might fit the third case just as well as the first.