Single Idea 3503

[catalogued under 15. Nature of Minds / B. Features of Minds / 2. Unconscious Mind]

Full Idea

There are brain processes and consciousness, but nothing in between; no rule following, information processing, unconscious inferences, mental models, language of thought or universal grammar.

Gist of Idea

Consciousness results directly from brain processes, not from some intermediary like information


John Searle (The Rediscovery of the Mind [1992], Ch.10.II)

Book Reference

Searle,John R.: 'The Rediscovery of the Mind' [MIT 1999], p.228

A Reaction

The core of Searle's view. He likes to call consciousness a 'property' of brains. Edelman says consciousness IS a brain process. Essentially I agree with Searle. An unusual physical object can produce consciousness, but mere 'rules' etc. cannot.