Here’s Searle on that old bugaboo – ‘consciousness’:

By `consciousness’ I simply mean those subjective states of sentience or awareness that begin when one awakes in the morning from a dreamless sleep and continue throughout the day until one goes to sleep at night or falls into a coma, or dies, or otherwise becomes, as one would say, `unconscious’. (src)

What can one make of this?   The term ‘consciousness’ is absolutely useless.  If you look at the structure of the ideas in this quote, they make a nonsense of the immediacy of subjective experience.  They require a dualistic separation of the perceiver and the perceived.  There are states and there is someone having those states.  Language imposes this dualism on us.  Why, I’m not sure.  But it seems that once we use the subject-predicate form, we are condemned to making a dual out of a singular.  That sound is that sound.  Not the abstract notion of a pressure wave, the experience is the sound.  There is no duality there.

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