DOI: 10.14704/nq.2019.17.6.2246

The Relativity of Consciousness: The Application of Time Dilation to The Theory of Integrated Information

Gianluca Marzola, Piero di Carlo, Alfredo Brancucci


One of the fundamental problems of science is the difficulty in understanding the relationships that interconnect consciousness with space and time. The objective of this article is to describe the relationship between consciousness and space-time by relating the Integrated Information Theory (IIT) of Giulio Tononi with the fundamental notions of space and time of the restricted relativity theory. Considering that neuroscience suggests a correlation between consciousness and neural activity, it can be inferred that there is a connection between matter and consciousness and therefore, how the forces interacting with matter can influence consciousness. A further objective is to extend the study of consciousness beyond the skull, to have a mathematical overview describing whether the amount of information produced in the unity of time by a system is stable and absolute or rather whether it depends from the interaction with the space-time and by the speed at which the system moves.


consciousness, space-time, Relativity Theory (RT), Integration Information Theory (IIT), temporal dilatation, neuroscience, physics, psychology, horizon of conscious events

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