Book list 1

One of my students was really inspired by his cognitive science class, so he shared the list of books his Yale professor recommended. I would like to emphasize the fact that the student’s academic focus is  programming.
Goedel, Escher, Bach: an Ethernal Golden Braid

William James: The Principles of Psychology
Antoine de Saint-Exupery: The Little Prince
Kees van Oers: On the genetics of avian personalities
Jerry A. Fodor: The modularity of Mind
*Modularity in Development and Evolution
Alan Turing: The Enigma
Neal Stephenson: Cryptonomicon, The Confusion, The System of the World, Quicksilver
Stephen Wolfram: A new kind of Science
Charles Darwin: The Origin of Species
Santiago Ramon y Cajal: Advice for a young investigator
*Gentle Bridges – Conversations with the Dalai Lama on the Sciences of Mind
Paul Bloom: Descartes’ Baby, How children learn the Meanings of Words

Steven Pinker: The Language Instinct, The Stuff of Thought, How the Mind Works

Stephen Anderson: Doctor Dolittle’s Delusion
Russ Rymer: Genie
J.L.Austin: How to do things with words
Virginia Valian: Why so Slow
Stanislav Debaene: The Number Sense (How the mind creates mathematics)
Noam Chomsky: Language and Problems of Knowledge
Mark Baker: The Atoms of Language
Stephen Anderson and David W. Lightfoot: The Language Organ
Ray Jackendoff: Foundations of Language
Randy Harris: The Linguistic Wars
Stephen Palmer: Vision Science – Photons to Phenomenology
David Marr: Vision
Donald Hoffman: Visual Intelligence
Escher, Dali & the Artists of Illusion – Masters of Deception
Elizabeth A. Styles: The Psychology of Attention
Arien Mack, Irvin Rock: Inattentional Blindness
Brian J. Scholl: Objects and Attention
Robert Axelrod: The Evolution of Cooperation
Robert Frank: Passions Within Reason
Thomas Schelling: The Strategy of Conflict
Daniel Kahneman and Amos Tversky: Choices, Values and Frames
Dan Ariely: Predictably Irrational
Gerd Gigerenzer: Adaptive Thinking
Geoffrey Miller: The Mating Mind – How Sexual Choice Shaped the Evolution of Human Nature
Matt Ridley: The Red Queen – Sex and the Evolution of Human Nature
Patricia Gowaty: Feminism and Evolutionary Biology
Robert Wright: The Moral Animal – Why we are the way we are: the new science of evolutionary psychology


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