Friday, November 03, 2017

IIT theories from the physics of consciousness could help studies with persistently unconscious patients (Scientific American)

Continuing the idea of Integrated information theory (IIT) from Oct. 25, Christof Koch looks at the concept in developing was to evaluated patients in a vegetative state or in UWS (unresponsive wakefulness syndrome), in a Scientific American article Nov. 2017 on p. 28, “How to Wake an Unconscious Mind” or “How to Make a Consciousness Meter”, link (paywall). 

Koch talks about the conscious experience as “different” from all other experiences, yet “seamless, integrated, and holistic.” The also characterizes IIT with a pertubational complexity index, or PCI. 

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