Explaining Intelligence


Date: March 9-11,

Starts 13:15 on Wednesday, ends 12.00 on Friday

Place: LUX building at Helgonavägen 3, 22362 Lund

Teaching Methods: Lectures and seminars

Examination: A written paper summarising the literature. The paper should be six pages in a two column format. You will receive a template for the paper during to the course together with further instructions.

Explaining Intelligence 2022

Paper Deadline
The examination paper should be submitted to christian.balkenius@lucs.lu.se no later than March 31. Please use the subject “Explaining Intelligence Paper” for the e-mail.

Course Coordinator: Christian Balkenius, Lund University

Extracurricular activities: Visit Skissernas Museum, https://skissernasmuseum.se/en/ on Thursday March 10, free entrance with guide at 5 pm or 7 pm (open to all). It is very close to the course venue.

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The course Explaining Intelligence gives a brief historical background to the study of natural and artificial intelligence and introduces the two main approaches today to intelligence and cognition

(1) intelligence as information processing and
(2) intelligence as an embodied process embedded in the environment and shaped by infrastructure and artefacts.

The aim is to develop an understanding of the practical consequences of adopting either approach for the integration of AI and autonomous systems into society and the form human-AI interaction will take. The interdisciplinary course lays the foundation for studying AI well as human intelligence and behavior.
The interdisciplinary course will touch on topics from psychology, cognitive science, philosophy, computer science, and neuroscience to give a comprehensive understanding of intelligence.

The main research direction that will be described are
• Thinking as symbol manipulation
• Connectionism
• Dynamic models of thinking
• The extended mind
• The predictive brain

After the course the student will be able to:
• understand the arguments for the different views on intelligence
• understand the relationship between artificial intelligence and the cognitive sciences
• explain and discuss different research directions
• understand the consequences of using the different views on intelligence
• work with an interdisciplinary material


Please fill in the following information to register and attend the course.

The rooms at Lundia are SEK 945. For PhD students with WASP-HS funding the cost is covered by WASP-HS. For PhD students with other funding (affiliated) the hotel can send an invoice to your department.