Journal of Consciousness Studies 26 (1-2):21-47 (2019)

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Luis H. Favela
University of Central Florida
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I claim that the integrated information theory of consciousness is a complexity science approach to consciousness. In general, complexity science investigates phenomena comprised of numerous non-linearly interacting parts, where global-scale behaviour and structures are irreducible to activities and properties of its constituent parts at local scales. I draw attention to some key features of IIT and complexity science in order to defend the claim that IIT is properly understood within the broader theoretical framework of complexity science. Doing so has the advantage of making IIT an even more compelling theory of consciousness, which has the added benefit of strengthening its ability to respond to some common criticisms.
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