Integrated Information Theory in View of Advaita's Theology

18 Pages Posted: 14 Dec 2017 Last revised: 5 Oct 2020

Date Written: December 1, 2017


Integrated Information Theory [IIT] is a new theory of Consciousness which is becoming popular among neurologists, psychiatrists, and philosophers. IIT was first proposed by neuroscientist Giulio Tononi in 2004, and it is claimed to be work-in-progress. The latest version of the theory, labeled IIT 3.0, was published in 2014. This paper briefly introduces this theory and its critique based on the available literature in the public domain and then review and compare it with Advaita's theology. (Advaita is a orthodox Vedic school of Hinduism with following axiom: There is one anti-conceptual principle which pervades everything and provides existential basis to the phenomenal Universe including our subjective and qualitative experience).

Keywords: Advaita, integrated information, conceptual structure, cause-effect reportoire, intrinsic reality, irreducability

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Padalkar, Shashikant, Integrated Information Theory in View of Advaita's Theology (December 1, 2017). Available at SSRN: or

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