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Previous Programs

2020 Consciousness in the Physical World
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2019 Intelligence in the Physical World
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2019 Information as Fuel
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2018 Agency in the Physical World
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2016 Physics of the Observer
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2015 The Physics of What Happens
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2013 Physics of Information
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2010 The Nature of Time
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2008 Foundational Questions in Physics and Cosmology
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2006 Foundational Questions in Physics and Cosmology
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Karim Jerbi
University of Montreal

Project Title

Quale weaving: Probing integrated information theory through neurofeedback

Project Summary

For all the achievements of modern science, it still has not been able to make much sense of this thing we call consciousness. This internal life of sights, sounds, thoughts and emotions was long written off as unfit for scientific study, but now even physicists acknowledge that in order to fully understand the world we observe, we need to understand what it means to observe it. A promising hypothesis known as integrated information theory (IIT) proposes that consciousness arises wherever a physical system gains integrated knowledge about itself, over and above any of its parts. However, the measurement of integrated information (Ф) in a system as large as the brain would require more computational power than we could ever muster, and so the hypothesis has remained untested. In this project, we propose a workaround: instead of measuring Ф in the brain, we use the predictions of IIT to change the brain’s consciousness itself. We will do this by reading magnetic brain signals and feeding them back in real-time through sound and vision. If IIT is true, the subject should suddenly become conscious of the neurofeedback loop as if it’s a part of their brain, with profound implications for modern science.



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