Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Complexity in Cognitive Science: The Debate Rages On

Having just renewed my membership in the Cognitive Science Society, I received this year's back issues of their journals, and was delighted to see that the Topics issue in January contained a lively discussion on the value of complexity theory (chaos, fractals, 1/f noise, etc.). The anti-complexity (or rather, anti-buzzword) side was championed by Chris Eliasmith, who (as a licensed electrical engineer with a Ph.D. in philosophy) has been doing some extraordinary work on the hardest problems in the field.

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Pirahã Recursion rererereredux

The Academic Controversy That Just Won't Die returns to the front page of the New York Times.

Update: It also appeared as a cover story in the Chronicle Review a few weeks ago.