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

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A quale: The maximally irreducible conceptual structure (MICS) generated by a complex.

An experience is identical with the constellation of concepts specified by the mechanisms of the complex. The ΦMax value of the complex corresponds to the quantity of the experience, the “shape” of the constellation of concepts in qualia space completely specifies the quality of a particular experience and distinguishes it from other experiences.

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