In Memoriam: Jerry Fodor (1935-2017)
It is with great sadness that we report the passing of Jerry Fodor. The world’s leading philosopher of mind, Jerry was at the forefront of the cognitive revolution, and a founder of the Rutgers Cognitive Science Center (RuCCS). RuCCS will have an event in Spring 18, and an event in Fall 18 in honor of his memory.
- Rutgers Today Obituary
- The Guardian Obituary
- NYT Obituary
- Jerry Fodor’s Enduring Critique of Neo-Darwinism (The New Yorker)
- Fodor was voted the most influential philosopher of mind since World War II.
- The London Review of Books
- The Man Who Hated Relativism by Geoffrey Pullum
- Some remembrances of Jerry: Zenon Pylyshyn (RuCCS), Randy Gallistel (RuCCS), Felipe de Brigard (Duke), Richard Heck (Brown), Georges Rey (Maryland)
Dr. Kristen Syrett wins LSA Early Career Award
We are excited to announce that the Linguistic Society of America has chosen Dr. Kristen Syrett as the recipient of their Early Career Award. Instituted in 2010, this award recognizes scholars early in their career who have made outstanding contributions to the field of linguistics.
Students in Rutgers Psychology Class Probe Religious Mind
Does religion make people moral?
Why do so many Americans disapprove of atheists?
Can science shed new light on how humans acquire religious beliefs?
These are some of the questions Professor Julien Musolino poses in “The Religious Mind,” a psychology course in the School of Arts and Sciences that draws nearly 200 students, filling a large stadium-style lecture hall in the Rutgers Academic Building.
Rutgers graduate students protest tax reform
Graduate students at Rutgers University protested on Wednesday, their lives and academic futures clouded by uncertainty. They claim the tax reform bill proposed by House Republicans would strip out special waivers they count on to survive financially.
“This seems almost counterproductive because the tax bill would make it more difficult for grad students to stay in grad school because they won’t be able to afford to be here,” said graduate student Dee Payton.
“It would just make everything very difficult. A lot of my colleagues would drop out,” graduate student Morgan Moyer said.
Moyer’s pursuing a degree in linguistics and cognitive science. She’s one of about 145,000 grad students nationwide ...
Dr. Papathomas' Illusion Research featured by Scientific American
Read and experience Dr. Thomas Papathomas’s captivating illusions in this edition of Scientific American. Dr. Papathomas is a long time Executive Council member for the Center for Cognitive Science, where he works on visual perception and the development of neurophysiologically plausible computational models.