The strength of weak integrated information theory

Mediano, Pedro A M, Rosas, Fernando E, Bor, Daniel, Seth, Anil K and Barrett, Adam B (2022) The strength of weak integrated information theory. Trends in Cognitive Sciences. ISSN 1364-6613 (Accepted)

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The integrated information theory of consciousness (IIT) is divisive: while some believe it provides an unprecedentedly powerful approach to address the ‘hard problem,’ others dismiss it on grounds that it is untestable. We argue that the appeal and applicability of IIT can be greatly widened if we distinguish two flavours of the theory: Strong IIT, which identifies consciousness with specific properties associated with maxima of integrated information; and Weak IIT, which tests pragmatic hypotheses relating aspects of consciousness to broader measures of information dynamics. We review challenges for Strong IIT, explain how existing empirical findings are well explained by Weak IIT without needing to commit to the entirety of Strong IIT, and discuss the outlook for both flavours of IIT.

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Schools and Departments: School of Engineering and Informatics > Informatics
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Date Deposited: 26 Apr 2022 07:50
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