Pierre Levy: Giulio Tononi on Consciousness as Integrated Information – A Provisional Manifesto

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Consciousness as Integrated Information: a Provisional Manifesto

Giulio Tononi

The Biological Bulletin, 2008

The integrated information theory (IIT) starts from phenomenology and makes use of thought experiments to claim that consciousness is integrated information. Specifically: (i) the quantity of consciousness corresponds to the amount of integrated information generated by a complex of elements; (ii) the quality of experience is specified by the set of informational relationships generated within that complex. Integrated information (Φ) is defined as the amount of information generated by a complex of elements, above and beyond the information generated by its parts. Read full article.