Henry ShevlinDelighted to be a contributor to the new open access textbook "Introduction to Philosophy: Philosophy of Mind" (along with @TonyHYCheng and many other great people!). It's available free online at the below link; I contributed Ch.5, "Qualia and Raw Feels".
A number so epic it will collapse your brain into a black hole! Yet Tony Padilla and Matt Parker take the risk of discussing its magnitude. Watch with cautio...
Henry ShevlinGraham's number: a finite number so large that you couldn't write it out in the observable universe, even if each digit only occupied a single Plank volume. In fact, you couldn't even write out *the number of its digits*. But we know it ends with a seven.
The International Journal of Machine Consciousness, which ceased publication in 2014, is being reborn as the Journal of Artificial Intelligence and Consciousness. The new journal will offer a multidisciplinary platform to discuss AI and...
Henry ShevlinThrilled to be on (the!) board for the awesome new Journal of #AI and #Consciousness
Someone on SSC Discord summarized James Scott’s Against The Grain as “basically 300 pages of calling wheat a fascist”. I have only two qualms with this description. First, the boo…
Henry Shevlin@slatestarcodex reviews James C. Scott's latest opus, Against The Grain, which argues that the emergence of grain agriculture was something of a human disaster and was driven by oppressive states. I can recommend the audiobook with Eric Martin narrating.
The Leverhulme Centre for the Future of Intelligence is undertaking a research project to understand peoples’ perceptions of autonomous flight. This research has been funded by an aviation industry manufacturer. We would like to recruit residents of...
Henry ShevlinThe quote “great minds discuss ideas, average minds discuss events, small minds discuss people” is attributed to Eleanor Roosevelt but was actually coined by Henry Thomas Buckle. Not that I care *who* said it of course, it's the content that matters.
Despite recent breakthroughs in machine learning, current artificial systems lack key features of biological intelligence. Whether the current limitations can be overcome is an open question, but cri...
Henry ShevlinThis year's #Reducetarian Summit is happening September 27th-29th in DC. Can't make it myself but looks like a great event (with amazing food sponsors). If any academic/student colleagues want free registration, HMU I can probably arrange it!
<p>Only accept politicians who have proved they actually care about people other than themselves… </p>
Henry ShevlinAbsorbing and deeply critical review of presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg's new book, and why it shows "no serious progressive should want Pete Buttigieg anywhere near national public office."