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Sizing Up Consciousness: Towards an Objective Measure of the Capacity for Experience

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Everyone knows what consciousness is: it is what vanishes when we fall into dreamless sleep and reappears when we wake up or when we dream. However, we become less and less confident when we are called to answer fundamental questions about the relationships between consciousness and the physical world. Why is the cerebral cortex associated with consciousness, but not the l ...more
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published August 21st 2018 by Oxford University Press, USA (first published August 2013)
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Aaron
Oct 21, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The author has some ideas that have interesting mathematical significance. Unfortunately, any claims by the author that this work has some rigorous mathematical formalization is presently sorely lacking — at least from anything I have found in published literature. It is interesting to know that one may develop useful clinical tools with this theory as an approximate foundation. However, insofar as a falsifiable theory that produces testable hypotheses, I am not yet convinced this theory predict ...more
Arno Klein
Jan 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This may be the only book I’ve read on the topic of consciousness that introduces a theory about (subjective experience, or the phenomenology of) consciousness from first principles, develops an operational definition for quantifying degrees of consciousness, and outlines years of experiments by the authors themselves.  I really enjoyed this book. 

While I appreciate the symmetrical structure of the book, there are problems with the writing (or translation).  There are numerous typographical erro
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Richard
Oct 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is the latest in a series of books I have been reading about consciousness. The answers to the questions of what consciousness is, how to define it, where it resides in the brain, and which animals and plants might have it vary greatly from author to author.

In Sizing Up Consciousness, Marcello Massimini and Giulio Tononi focus on the Integrated information theory (IIT and referred to by the symbol Phi). At the core of their theory is the idea that consciousness is determined by its causal p
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David
Jan 06, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Concise, illuminating and unpretentious, this naturalistic theory of consciousness begins with a brief history of the philosophy of mind, smoothly transitions into a explanation of why it is "quality not quantity" of neural networks which results in consciousness, before taking us to the beside of coma patients where IIT has impressive clinical applications, and then back into philosophy of mind and the anthropocentric beliefs of the authors themselves. Lays open the possibility of artificial co ...more
Youssra Belhaj
Dec 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Assieme sconvolgente ed illuminante.
Makomai
Dec 29, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: neuroscienze, reviews
Sconsigliato a lettori facilmente impressionabili*

Questo libro ha il grandissimo merito di proporre una teoria coerente della coscienza evitando ogni forma di dualismo: non esiste nulla di più grande del nostro cervello.
A parte alcune riserve** (probabilmente solo mie), ho trovato tutto assolutamente avvincente e convincente.

*I capitoli introduttivi su coma, stato vegetativo, anestesia e coscienza possono togliere il sonno

**1. Non sono del tutto convinto che sia possibile ottenere una vera e
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Giulia
Feb 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Poche pagine da leggere tutte d'un fiato; semplici parole, che giustapposte segnano i passi di un cammino che conduce all'enigma che da sempre aggroviglia le menti dei maggiori filosofi e scienziati: la coscienza. Che si parta dal cogito o dalla teoria dell'integrazione, nulla si toglie alla grandezza di ciò che risiede nel nostro cervello: noi soggetti siamo quel nulla di più grande che domina l'universo, concentrati in un infinitesimo spazio illuminiamo il mondo, ma d'altra parte la storia ste ...more
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