I am a philosopher of mind and cognitive science, with specialisations in artificial intelligence and animal minds. Recurrent topics in my work include consciousness, perception, short-term memory, and the psychological measurement of pain and suffering.
I am currently a Research Associate with the Kinds of Intelligence project at the Leverhulme Centre for the Future of Intelligence. I am founder and convener of the Kinds of Intelligence Reading Group, and served as lead organiser for our 2018 Varieties of Mind conference, a role I will be reprising this year for the 2020 Kinds of Intelligence 3.0 conference with my colleague Dr Alexandria Boyle.
I am a member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Artificial Intelligence and Consciousness, and a former Chair of the Student Committee of the Association for the Scientific Study of Consciousness (2016-2018). I am also serving as Guest Editor for the Spring 2020 volume of Philosophical Topics, which will focus on non-human consciousness.
Manuscripts under review
- Negative valence, felt unpleasantness, and animal welfare.
- Uncanny Believers: Uncanny believers: chatbots, beliefs, and folk psychology.
- Shevlin (forthcoming). Rethinking creative intelligence: comparative psychology and the concept of creativity. European Journal for Philosophy of Science.
- Shevlin (forthcoming). Non-human consciousness and the specificity problem. Mind & Language.
- Shevlin (forthcoming). How could we know when a robot was a moral patient? Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics.
- Shevlin (2020). Current controversies in the cognitive science of short-term memory. Current Opinion in Behavioral Sciences.
- Shevlin (2020). General intelligence: an ecumenical heuristic for artificial consciousness research? Journal of Artificial Intelligence & Consciousness.
- Crosby & Shevlin (2020). Defining Artificial Intelligence: a reply to Wang. Journal of Artificial General Intelligence.
- Shevlin & Friesen (2020). Pain, Placebo, and Cognitive Penetration. Mind & Language.
- Shevlin (2019). Qualia and ‘raw feels’. In Introduction to Philosophy of Mind, H. Salazar (ed.).
- Shevlin, Vold, Crosby, & Halina (2019). The Limits of Machine Intelligence. EMBO Reports.
- Shevlin & Halina (2019). Apply rich psychological terms in AI with care. Nature Machine Intelligence, 1(4), 165–167.
- Bhatnagar et al. including Shevlin (2018). Mapping Intelligence: Requirements and Possibilities. In Muller, V. C., ed., Philosophy and Theory of Artificial Intelligence 2017
- Shevlin (2017). Conceptual Short-Term Memory: A Missing Part of the Mind? Journal of Consciousness Studies, 24(7–8), 163–188.
- Shevlin (2017). The Lower Bounds of Desire. Journal of Consciousness Studies, 24(5– 6), 251– 258.
Manuscripts under review
GPT-3: A Digital Remix of Humanity (2020). Daily Nous.
AI reflections in 2019 (2020). Nature Machine Intelligence.
A Lack of Understanding: Storytelling for Robots (2019). Litro Magazine.
Doctoral and Masters theses
Consciousness, Perception, and Short-Term Memory (Doctoral Thesis)