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Department of History and Philosophy of Science


Organised by Ali Boyle (asb69) and Henry Shevlin (hfs35).

The Kinds of Intelligence Reading Group explores comparative and theoretical issues in the philosophy of psychology and cognitive science, with particular focus on the puzzles, insights and challenges presented by non-human intelligence. This term, the group will be reading Peter Godfrey-Smith's book Metazoa about the evolution of cognition, intelligence and consciousness. See the (glowing) New York Times review.

We will be meeting remotely on Wednesdays, 3.00–4.30pm on a biweekly basis starting on 13 October, covering two chapters each week (see below for a detailed schedule). All meetings will take place on Google Meet.

All are welcome, and we look forward to enjoying this interesting and provocative book together.

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Michaelmas Term 2021

13 October

Chapters 1 & 2: 'Protozoa' and 'The Glass Sponge'

27 October

Chapters 3 & 4: 'The Ascent of Soft Coral' and 'The One-Armed Shrimp'

10 November

Chapters 5 & 6: 'The Origin of Subjects' and 'The Octopus'

24 November

Chapters 7 & 8: 'Kingfish' and 'On Land'

8 December

Chapters 9 & 10: 'Lins, Legs, and Wings' and 'Put Together by Degrees'