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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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Annotation: The above characterizations of concepts are neither definitions nor exhausting presentations of problems related to them. Instead, they are intended to give a short introduction to the contributions below. – Lexicon of Arguments.

 
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Patricia Churchland
II Patricia Smith Churchland Die Neurobiologie des Bewusstseins - Was können wir von ihr lernen? In Hügli/Lübcke (Hrsg) Philosophie im 20. Jahrhundert, Reinbek 1993
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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.


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Explanation of symbols: Roman numerals indicate the source, arabic numerals indicate the page number. The corresponding books are indicated on the right hand side. ((s)…): Comment by the sender of the contribution.

Churla I
Paul M. Churchland
Matter and Consciousness Cambridge 2013

Churli I
Patricia S. Churchland
Touching a Nerve: Our Brains, Our Brains New York 2014


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Ed. Martin Schulz, access date 2017-07-26