Searle`s minds, brains, and Science

Searle`sminds, brains, and Science

Searle`sminds, brains, and Science

Question One

  1. It addresses concerns of the mind and body problem and the issue of artificial intelligence.

  2. The concept of mind problem not adequately addressed and it’s confusing.

  3. Mind acts as a computer able to manipulate information.

  4. Uses it as the rationale for the definition of concepts that happen in the world.

The Mind-BodyProblem

  1. Failure to get the concept of causation.

  2. Features are liquidity, transparency, solidity and surface features.

  3. It is subjective

  4. Mental phenomena, conscious or unconscious, auditory or visual, tickles, itches, indeed all mental life are results of processes going on in the brain.

  5. Pains and mental phenomena are features of brain

  6. Failure to determine both propositions is true blocking solution to problem of mind-body

  7. One is inclined to accept dualism.

  8. Solidity and liquidity

  9. Processes in brain cause them

  10. Through explaining and showing causality

  11. The mind and body are intact but are distinct

  12. Through functioning causally to determine physical events

  13. Events occurring in central nervous system

  14. Micro and macro distinction

  15. Naïve physicalism is when all that exists in world are physical particles and mentalism relates to brain



  1. It is mind being a computer program while brain being a digital computer.

  2. It can use a program to make cans.

  3. The computer has a formal program to help it carry out functions.

  4. A program that enables one understand the Chinese language helps one find their way out meaning computer acts on grounds of having a program.

  5. The machine is anything able to think and carry out work.

  6. A computer can think as it uses symbols to execute certain tasks.

  7. Simulation emulates while duplication is copying making the difference

  8. Because of perception that they think.

  9. Understanding of a concept is based on awareness of knowledge one has.

  10. Mental states operate by particular instructions they have.


  1. Mind connected to brain

  2. Form of understanding mind

  3. Processing information

  4. The brain and mind are connected

  5. Programmed doesn’t do information processing

  6. Computers are programmed.

  7. Sequential or parallel.

  8. Cognitivism generalizes the two.

  9. The system does as is instructed.

  10. Argues there is the only way to speak a particular language.

  11. Refutes concept of universal grammar

  12. Argues there is that there is lack of language of thought

  13. The brain does more than the information processing.


Searle, J. R.(1984). Minds, brains, and science. Harvard University Press.