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Climbing to Consciousness: The Mind-Body Problem and the Computational Order

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Trent Eady

McGill University, CA
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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.

How to Cite: Eady, T., 2015. Climbing to Consciousness: The Mind-Body Problem and the Computational Order. International Journal of Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities, 7(2), pp.3 (14–20). DOI: http://doi.org/10.7710/2155-4838.1120
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Published on 29 May 2015.
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