First off please keep in mind I am self-learning and am learning about this for fun, I have no end goal. I'm trying to make predictions about what I am learning implies or means, so I can ask better questions and clarify what I should learn/focus on learning. I know I need to spend tons more time in understanding the physics and biology that we currently understand. I'm looking for feedback that can help me either confirm my understanding or correct it and/or point me in directions that will help me better develop it so I can ask better questions in the future.

This assumes IIT is a valid theory.

It seems to me IIT implies that consciousness not only requires integration, but in order to achieve integration the system must be dynamic and able to respond spatially to feedback within the system. As I understand it our neurons grow and die, they can move, they receive inputs from their connections but can also be influenced by molecules that make their way to them indirectly. There is an end result of all the behavior of the neuron and that is the movement of electrons. The molecules and cells surrounding the neurons, provide it the ability to release the action potential. Or the stored up energy that must reach a certain threshold in order for the neuron to fire. This firing is what must be in harmony and certain firing patterns in theory results in conscious experience.

So if humans were to artificially generate consciousness as we experience it (using non-biological methods) this would require us to develop a system that can arrange and rearrange neurons or nodes spatially that can release action potentials of electrons(not sure I'm using correct terminology/physical process) in symphony. The neurons would need to be able to change connection weights not only through internal inputs but also through external inputs, and not only by connected nodes. We would need to understand what causes neurons to grow along particular paths or make particular connections... I assume some of this is known or theorized about. It also seems that certain parts of neuronal intelligence is crystallized or more or less unchanging where as other parts do change and use relationships between the unchanging or slow to change parts in conjunction with more dynamic components that allow for variation in abilities to connect.

IIT seems to imply that conscious experience lies in certain configurations of the electron field (what happens beyond that is unclear) but that seems to be the end result of the actions that any particular group of neurons is taking. I suppose not all, because it also serves the purpose of communication and coordination through out the body. It doesn't seem that synchrony in neuronal behavior coordinates chemical arrangements that would explain experience, but it does coordinate electrical fields as an end result. I'm trying to understand if that is a correct understanding whether that is one of the main outputs of neuronal firing.

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    I may have missed it, but I don't know what your question is. You might be able to formulate this into multiple questions that can be asked over many days. For example, you might ask *Does IIT imply that conscious experience lie in certain configurations of the electron field?" Then add a reference suggesting this might be the case. There is also an AI stack exchange that may be helpful. ai.stackexchange.com Welcome to Philosophy! – Frank Hubeny Jan 11 at 3:59
  • Thanks Frank, I was worried I was trying to confirm too much of my understanding at one time so ends up not being a focused question. I will begin thinking over how to break it down more. – Jon Garner Jan 11 at 4:05
  • Yep. I also cannot grasp what's being asked. – PeterJ Jan 11 at 13:52