Zakhar Kogan
2 min readOct 1


IIT is a…preudoscience?

So the famed integrated information theory, which I’ve found in Life 3.0 (Max Tegmark) had been called a pseudoscience for one reason: it’s challenging and, perhaps, impossible, to even test it.

In an open letter, it’s called ambitious but a steaming pile of bullshit: > IIT predicts that it is theoretically possible to calculate a value for the level of consciousness, termed phi, of any network with known structure and functioning. But as the number of nodes within a network grows, the sums involved get exponentially bigger, meaning that it is practically impossible to calculate phi for the human brain — or indeed any information-processing network with more than about 10 nodes.

Domestication and floppy ears

An overview of domestication


  • Brains of domesticated animals are substantially smaller than their wild counterparts
  • Piebald coloration is common in domesticated species
  • Domesticated species tend to have floppy ears
  • Domesticated species have shorter snouts and smaller teeth




Are we domesticating ourselves? Where will this lead us? Maybe to snake oil seller coaches?

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title = {IIT, Products And...},
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