Quantifying Consciousness

Virgil Griffith, California Institute of Technology

Giulio Tononi’s Information Integration Theory of consciousness (IIT) posits that human awareness is due to a specific type of complexity now called “holistic information.” Holistic information, Φ (I for information, O for holism), quantifies how much a system of disparate modules informationally acts as a single entity.

I have clarified, revised, and expanded several of the fundamental concepts and equations of IIT.

Abstract Author(s): Virgil Griffith