chapter  14
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Mental and other events, Johnny, determinism done

A nice new thought to go into the completed first draft of my determinism book made this year 1984-85 begin better than it would end. My theory, as it sometimes seemed a bit grand to call it, contained three connected hypotheses. The first was the Correlation Hypothesis, about the lawlike correlation of mental or conscious events with simultaneous neural events, or, as might better be said, mental properties with neural properties. The second and principal hypothesis, the heart of this determinism, took these correlates to be effects. But of exactly what? There was a long causal sequence involved, made up of causal circumstances and their effects, each effect being part of the next causal circumstance. But exactly what was in the chain and where did it start?