Shimon Edelman's Experimental Epistemology and Desert Adventure Project

In the beginning was the trailhead.

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Protect the planet.

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


  • Fall 2020:
  • Spring 2020: sabbatical.
  • Fall 2019:
    • Inequality, Power, and Happiness (Psych 4030): M 2:00-4:25 (494 Uris Hall) [the F2019 syllabus].
  • Spring 2019:
  • Fall 2018:
    • Inconvenient Truths (I) (Topics in Cognitive Science, COGST 4310, crosslisted as: PSYCH 4320, BIONB 4330): M 2:00-4:25 (494 Uris Hall). Syllabus here. Sign up for presentations here. Contact the instructor with any questions.
  • Older courses.
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, forthcoming in October 2020 (MIT Press / Penguin Random House). Preorder it on Amazon. 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 publications


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