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
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.
Varieties of Freedom (Topics in
Cognitive Science, COGST 4310, crosslisted as: PSYCH 4320,
the provisional reading list; comments welcome!]
[See also my Amazon author page]
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 — Amazon
— iTunes — Barnes&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 Recognition in Vision (MIT
Press, 1999): see
of contents and introduction;
read online (for CogNet subscribers; if you connect from cornell.edu,
Language Universals (Oxford University Press, 2009).
Other online stuff
This space is intermittently under
construction. Meanwhile, here's some pseudorandom selection of content:
- A TEDxCornellUniversity
talk: The Brain's VR Engine & a Case for Humanist
- Some of the photographs from my albums:
- The #DailyDesertPic series.
- Photos shared on my server:
- Some old hikes:
- Death Valley NP (March 2008)
Canyon (Death Valley NP, March 2009)
- the Negev
Desert in May
- Tabletop Mountain Wilderness, AZ
- Mt. Ajo, Organ Pipe National Monument, AZ
- Echo Canyon, Chiricahua National Monument, AZ
- wadi Roded, the Lost
Canyon, and wadi Shehoret, near Eilat, Israel
wadi Arugot, near Ein Gedi, Israel [photos scanned from old color prints]
talks and stuff
Cycling around Ithaca,
Life, universe, and everything:
- General-purpose programming:
- Exploratory data analysis and statistics:
- The R language environment
(as powerful as the best commercial packages, and infinitely more
- Language acquisition:
- The ADIOS (Automatic
DIstillation Of Structure) software package.
Child Language Data Exchange System (corpora and software).
(the best text editor in
the world, free).
- ESS: Emacs
- SLIME: the Superior Lisp Interaction Mode for Emacs.
(production-quality typesetting, free; now also supporting
collaborative projects via
- The memoir class for typesetting books, poetry, and much
- The Scrivener
software from the Literature and Latte project.
- (Natural) Philosophy
- People (alphabetically by last name)
Daniel Dennett, Jay L. Garfield,
Thomas Metzinger, Paul Postal,
Sloman, Josh Tenenbaum.
- Poetry (selections)
- Prose (selections)
- Online libraries:
- Periodicals and blogs
- Family and friends
Some of my former students
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