Ideas from 'The Mystery of Consciousness' by John Searle [1997], by Theme Structure

[found in 'The Mystery of Consciousness' by Searle,John R. [Granta 1997,1-86207-074-1]].

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7. Existence / C. Structure of Existence / 2. Reduction
Reduction is either by elimination, or by explanation
Eliminative reduction needs a gap between appearance and reality, as in sunsets
8. Modes of Existence / B. Properties / 3. Types of Properties
A property is 'emergent' if it is caused by elements of a system, when the elements lack the property
15. Nature of Minds / A. Nature of Mind / 5. Unity of Mind
Explanation of how we unify our mental stimuli into a single experience is the 'binding problem'
15. Nature of Minds / B. Features of Minds / 1. Consciousness / a. Consciousness
A system is either conscious or it isn't, though the intensity varies a lot
Consciousness has a first-person ontology, which only exists from a subjective viewpoint
There isn't one consciousness (information-processing) which can be investigated, and another (phenomenal) which can't
15. Nature of Minds / B. Features of Minds / 5. Qualia / a. Nature of qualia
The use of 'qualia' seems to imply that consciousness and qualia are separate
17. Mind and Body / C. Functionalism / 7. Chinese Room
I now think syntax is not in the physics, but in the eye of the beholder
17. Mind and Body / D. Property Dualism / 1. Reductionism critique
Consciousness has a first-person ontology, so it cannot be reduced without omitting something
17. Mind and Body / D. Property Dualism / 4. Emergentism
There is non-event causation between mind and brain, as between a table and its solidity
17. Mind and Body / E. Physicalism / 1. Physicalism
The pattern of molecules in the sea is much more complex than the complexity of brain neurons
17. Mind and Body / E. Physicalism / 7. Anti-Physicalism / a. Physicalism critique
If tree rings contain information about age, then age contains information about rings