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The Philosopher And The Sage: Searle And The Sixth Patriarch On The Brain And Consciousness

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Searle, a leading analytic philosopher, analyzes the concepts of brain and consciousness in a way to attempt to show the connection between them. The Sixth Patriarch, Hui Neng, refers to mind or consciousness (he does not directly discuss the brain) in order to free the subject knower from a state of unliberated consciousness. The concept of a liberated consciousness in the writings of the Sixth Patriarch represents a higher level of consciousness than a non-liberated consciousness. This parallels Searle's concept that consciousness is a higher level development except that in the case of the Sixth Patriarch, it is a higher level of consciousness that is realized and not a higher level of brain functioning.

Keywords: brain; consciousness; Hui Neng; leading analytic philosopher; Searle; Sixth Patriarch



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