Kinds of Intelligence Reading Group


Convenor: Dr Henry Shevlin (HPS)

The Kinds of Intelligence reading group meets weekly on Mondays in term time between 3pm-4pm at the Centre for the Future of Intelligence, 16 Mill Lane. Readings are focused on topics in cognitive science, biology, and philosophy of mind, with topics including learning, memory, consciousness, cognition, and perception, understood from an interdisciplinary perspective. Participants from all disciplines are welcome. Email Henry Shevlin ( if you are unable to locate any of the readings.

Kinds of Intelligence Research Group, Lent Term 2018
Theme: Memory, Learning, and Intelligence

Please note that Cambridge meetings are held at 3pm on Mondays, with the exception of a special meeting on Thursday February 8th to accommodate a visit by Jack Stilgoe. The meetings at Imperial College London (on February 19th and March 5th) will take place at 4:30pm. Deviations from the usual schedule are indicated below in red.

Monday, January 22, 3pm (Cambridge)
Topic: Episodic memory
Primary reading: Allen & Fortin (2013). The evolution of episodic memory
Secondary reading: Tulving, E. (1972). Episodic and semantic memory.

Monday, January 29, 3pm (Cambridge)
Topic: Neuroscience & AI
Primary reading: Hassabis et al. (2017). Neuroscience-Inspired Artificial Intelligence

Thursday, February 8, 2018, 11am (Cambridge)
*Please note special day and time!*
Topic: Jack Stilgoe visit

Primary reading: Stilgoe (2017). Machine learning, social learning and the governance of self-driving cars

Monday, February 12, 3pm (Cambridge)
Topic: Simplicity and learning
Primary reading: Chater & Vitanyi (2003). Simplicity: a unifying principle in cognitive science?
Secondary reading: Lattimore & Hutter (2011). No Free Lunch versus Occam’s Razor in Supervised Learning

Monday, February 19, 4:30pm (London)
Topic: Catastrophic forgetting
Primary reading: Kirkpatrick et al. (2017). Overcoming catastrophic forgetting in neural networks

CANCELLED Monday, February 26, 3pm (Cambridge)
Topic: Learning & conditioning
Primary reading: Lake et al. (2017). Building machines that learn and think like people.

Monday, March 5, 4:30pm (London)
Topic: AI Suffering
Primary reading: Crosby (WiP). Is progress in AI progress towards creating entities that can suffer?
Secondary reading: Shevlin (under review). A Sensory-Motivational Account of Suffering.

Monday, March 12, 3pm (Cambridge)
Topic: Working memory paradigms
Primary reading: Cowan, N., (2001). The magical number 4 in short-term memory
Secondary reading: Baddeley, A.D. (2003). Working memory: Looking back and looking forward. 

Monday, March 19, 3pm (Cambridge)
Topic: Current controversies in WM
Primary reading: Ma, W. J., Husain, M., & Bays, P. M. (2014). Changing concepts of working memory.
Secondary reading: Stein et al. (2016). Can working memory be non-conscious?

Michaelmas 2017 reading list available here


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