The book

I am working on “Brain Wars”, a book for the general public structured around these debates. The title is intentionally ambiguous: “wars about the brain” and “wars between brains”. As well conveying the some of the ideas being debated, their history, and their importance, I plan to talk a bit about the nature of intellectual wars: Why do they happen? What are their costs and benefits?  I hope that I’ll finish it by 2021, the 50th anniversary of Frank Rosenblatt’s death. Special thanks to Paul Smolensky for the first contribution to this website, the recordings of his 1988 debate with Fodor and Pylyshyn. Thanks also to Alex Cristia, Jenny Culbertson, Farrell Ackerman, Rob Malouf, Stephanie Shih, Ramesh Balasubramaniam and Chris Kello for conversations that planted the seeds for the book idea. (Joe Pater Jan. 11th 2016).

Just finally googled “Brain Wars”, and found that there is already a (not-very-related) book of the same title (but different subtitle).  (JP Feb. 11, 2016)


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