2004-12-06: Mind


A Brief Introduction (2004)

by John R. Searle (1932-)

I didn’t read all of this. It was favorably reviewed in American Scientist, by someone who hadn’t read much philosophy of mind.

Searle has been mentioned by Daniel Dennett, and criticized. He has a hostile attitude toward the notion of machine intelligence. The book seems to take pains to avoid mentioning Dennett. There is only one reference, and it is minor.

It doesn’t deal with emotion at all, and does very little to explain what consciousness is. It is primarily a criticism of various approaches to understanding the mind, and promoting his own views, but for a non-specialist audience. He seems to think that he can convince these readers with earnest hand-waving.

I gave up about half-way through.


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