|Identity theory (philosophy of the mind): the thesis that mind states are nothing but states of the brain. Types of identity theory are the weaker assumption of a type-type identity and the stronger assumption of a token-token identity.|
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|II Patricia Smith Churchland Die Neurobiologie des Bewusstseins - Was können wir von ihr lernen? In Hügli/Lübcke (Hrsg) Philosophie im 20. Jahrhundert, Reinbek 1993
Identity Theory/Brain/Consciousness/Searle: Vs Identification of conscious states with brain states. Instead: the brain causes these states.
Correlations can be an indication of causality, but they are not a reference to identity.
ChurchlandVsSearle: he does not see why scientists advocate identity: depending on the data situation, it is more plausible than the assumption that a is caused by a different b.
(But Searle is not a dualist).
Identity instead of causation: e.g. Identity: Current is electron flow, it is not the causation of this flow.
E.g. genes are not caused by base pairs of DNA, they are these base pairs.
Paul M. Churchland
Matter and Consciousness Cambridge 2013
Patricia S. Churchland
Touching a Nerve: Our Brains, Our Brains New York 2014