< Back to Article

From the Phenomenology to the Mechanisms of Consciousness: Integrated Information Theory 3.0

Figure 8

The maximally integrated cause repertoire over the power set of purviews is the “core cause” specified by a mechanism.

All purviews of mechanism BC for the past are considered. Only the purview that generates the maximal value of integrated information, φMax, exists intrinsically as the core cause of the mechanism (or effect when considering the future). In this case, the core cause is .

Figure 8