Thursday, September 11, 2008

John Rogers Searle - The Material and Mental

"Seen from the perspective of the last fifty years, the philosophy of mind, as well as cognitive science and certain branches of psychology, present a very curious spectacle. The most striking feature is how much of mainstream philosophy of the mind of the past fifty years seems obviously false... in the philosophy of mind, obvious facts about the mental, such as that we all really do have subjective conscious mental states and that these are not eliminable in favor of anything else, are routinely denied by many , perhaps most, of the advanced thinkers in the subject." - Searle

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