© Trent Eady 2015
In his book The Structure of Behavior, the philosopher Maurice Merleau-Ponty proposes a solution to the mind-body problem. Merleau-Ponty argues that there is a nested hierarchy of three orders—the physical order, the biological order, and the mental order—in which each lower order composes each higher order. Through the structuration or organization of a lower order, a higher order is created. Merleau-Ponty’s solution is promising, but it leaves an explanatory chasm between the biological order and the mental order that cannot be crossed without introducing an intermediary order. I propose just that: the addition of a fourth order—the computational order—to bridge the chasm.
Eady, Trent (2015) "Climbing to Consciousness: The Mind-Body Problem and the Computational Order," Res Cogitans: Vol. 6: Iss. 1, Article 3. http:dx.doi.org/10.7710/2155-4838.1120