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It seems, then, that we can preserve consciousness, or any other aspect of our mentality, as something distinctive and autonomous only if we are willing to accept their causal impotence. 25 Fifty years of debate have shown, I believe, that the central core of the mind-body problem is constituted by two great and deep puzzles, consciousness and mental causation. And these two puzzles turn out to be intimately intertwined - the key to both is the question whether phenomenal properties of consciousness can be functionalized.

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