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Sizing up Consciousness: Towards an objective measure of the capacity for experience

Marcello Massimini and Giulio Tononi

Abstract

Sizing up Consciousness explores, at an introductory level, the potential practical, clinical, and ethical implications of a general principle about the nature of consciousness. Using information integration theory (IIT) as a guiding principle, the book takes the reader along a scientific trajectory to face fundamental questions about the relationships between matter and experience. What is so special about a piece of flesh that can host a subject who sees light or experiences darkness? Why is the brain associated with a capacity for consciousness, but not the liver or the heart, as previous c ... More

Keywords: consciousness, neural correlates of consciousness, information integration theory, sleep, dreaming, coma, complexity, animal consciousness, computer consciousness, zombie

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780198728443
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: July 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198728443.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Marcello Massimini, author
Professor of Neurophysiology, Department of Biomedical and Clinical Sciences, University of Milan, Italy

Giulio Tononi, author
Professor of Psychiatry, Department of Psychiatry, University of Wisconsin - Madison School of Medicine, USA