chapter  12
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Mind and brain etc., anathema

It was a distinct relief to begin the new term with no obligations to write more political philosophy, and in particular more on political violence. Also, did I not have an actual disproof, every philosopher’s satisfaction, of rising doctrines about the nature of consciousness and its relation to the brain? These mushrooms were to the effect that the mind does not just go with the brain but is identical with it, that conscious or mental events are physical events. A first and essential bit of the disproof was just the fact that there was something different to being conscious. As my undergraduate lecture audiences were reasonable enough to accept, the room had come to contain a different kind of fact, missing overnight if there were no mice, when the first person came through the door that morning.