The great brain debate

From Joe Pater (

I’ve started working on a project that I hope will culminate in a pop science book on the associative vs. algebraic debate in cognitive science. I think that phonologists have been given an interesting view of that debate (and of course, some of us have been key players in it). I’ve set up a website to host materials on it. There’s not a lot there yet, but you will find audio recordings of Fodor, Pylyshyn and Smolensky (thanks to Paul Smolensky), as well Alan Prince’s response to my question of how a debate became a collaboration (part of the answer – it wasn’t really a debate). Comments and contributions are very much welcome.


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