Shimon Edelman's Experimental Epistemology and Desert Adventure Project

In the beginning was the trailhead. ————————— And if we don't protect the wilderness, it will also be all that remains in the end.

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


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.


The Book of Beginnings (2014): a psychological-philosophical science fiction (psy-phi sci-fi) novella. Download it from — AmazoniTunesBarnes&Noble. Visit its Facebook Page. 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). The Happiness of Pursuit (Basic Books, February 2012). A Kirkus starred selection and Must-Read in new nonfiction. Available also in Italian.
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). Being in Time: Dynamical Models of Phenomenal Experience (John Benjamins, July 2012; Advances in Consciousness Research, vol. 88): see table of contents. Language Universals (Oxford University Press, 2009).
[See also my Amazon author page]

Other publications


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