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I used this book to teach a course in the philosophy of human nature and I loved it. Searle touts his brand of philosophy called "biological naturalism": it is the view that all of our conscious states arise from neurobiological processes. The book is also an introduction to the common problems in philosophy of mind. But you better come prepared for a somewhat technical (in some places) discussion of free will, mental causation and the mind-body problem. As usual, however, Searle is crystal-clear in his explanations and arguments. Moreover, he appears to be pretty convincing in his refutations of reductionistic (nothing-but) materialism. This book is informative and a pretty good read.