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An evaluation of the Integrated Information Theory against some central problems of consciousness
University of Skövde, School of Bioscience.
2015 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

This thesis evaluates the integrated information theory (IIT) by looking at how it may answer

some central problems of consciousness that the author thinks any theory of consciousness

should be able to explain. The problems concerned are the mind-body problem, the hard

problem, the explanatory gap, the binding problem, and the problem of objectively detecting

consciousness. The IIT is a computational theory of consciousness thought to explain the rise

of consciousness. First the mongrel term consciousness is defined to give a clear idea of what

is meant by consciousness in this thesis; followed by a presentation of the IIT, its origin, main

ideas, and some implications of the theory. Thereafter the problems of consciousness will be

presented, and the explanation the IIT gives will be investigated. In the discussion, some not

perviously—in the thesis—discussed issues regarding the theory will be lifted. The author

finds the IIT to hold explanations to each of the problems discussed. Whether the

explanations are satisfying is questionable.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2015. , 63 p.
Keyword [en]
integrated information theory, phenomenal consciousness, subjective experience, mind-body, the hard problem, binding, testing
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URN: urn:nbn:se:his:diva-11659OAI: diva2:866845
Subject / course
Cognitive Neuroscience
Educational program
Consciousness Studies - Philosophy and Neuropsychology
2015-08-25, 15:30 (English)
Available from: 2015-12-15 Created: 2015-11-03 Last updated: 2015-12-15Bibliographically approved

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