Shimon Edelman's Computational Psychology and Desert Adventure Project

In the beginning was the trailhead.             Protect the planet.

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Are You An Anarchist? The Answer May Surprise You!

The Odyssey  ended  is on hold in Ithaca, New York: I am at the Department of Psychology at Cornell University.

Land acknowledgment

Cornell University is located on the traditional homelands of the Gayogo̱hó꞉nǫ' (the Cayuga Nation). The Gayogo̱hó꞉nǫ' are members of the Haudenosaunee Confederacy, an alliance of six sovereign Nations with a historic and contemporary presence on this land. The Confederacy precedes the establishment of Cornell University, New York State, and the United States of America. I acknowledge the painful history of Gayogo̱hó꞉nǫ' dispossession, and honor the ongoing connection of Gayogo̱hó꞉nǫ' people, past and present, to these lands and waters.



A note to instructors. Teaching cognitive psychology? Looking for a readable, comprehensive, modern text that would help the reader achieve genuine — that is, computational — understanding of cognition? Consider adopting Computing the Mind (see below) as your text.


Life, Death, and Other Inconvenient Truths (MIT Press / Penguin Random House, October 2020). The Book of Beginnings (2014): a psychological-philosophical science fiction (psy-phi sci-fi) novella. Get it from — AmazoniTunesBarnes&Noble. Visit its Facebook Page. The Happiness of Pursuit (Basic Books, February 2012). A Kirkus starred selection and Must-Read in new nonfiction. Available also in Italian. Being in Time: Dynamical Models of Phenomenal Experience (John Benjamins, July 2012; Advances in Consciousness Research, vol. 88): see table of contents.
Computing the Mind (Oxford University Press, 2008): see table of contents; read reviews; visit Facebook Page; see corrigenda. Used for teaching at Cornell since 2006 (now also at NYU, Buffalo, BU, and Wells). Representation and Recognition in Vision (MIT Press, 1999): see table of contents and introduction; read online (for CogNet subscribers; if you connect from, you are). Language Universals (Oxford University Press, 2009).
[See also my Amazon author page]

Other online stuff


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