>I am interested in finding out if there are any reference books which would be
>useful to someone who was either a novice in cognitive science or someone who
>was trained in one area which bears on cognitive science and would be
>interested in information about another. For example, where would one find a
>dictionary or glossary of terms in philosphy of mind, generative grammar,
>cognitive psychology, cognitive neuroscience etc. Also does anyone know
>of a source where one would find bibliographies in this area.
at the moment. Of the many I've seen, by far the best is the three-volume
_Invitation to Cognitive Science_, edited by Osherson, from MIT/Bradford.
Three very nicely produced paperbacks, with well-written intro articles
on a wide range of topics, by some of the best people in the various fields.
It's strong on psychology, linguistics, and philosophy, but weak on AI.
A couple of other decent books on cognitive science in general, though
less comprehensive and more idiosyncratic than the above, are Gardner's
_The Mind's New Science_ and Flanagan's _The Science of Mind_.
The best intros to contemporary philosophy of mind are probably the
two books by the Churchlands: _Matter and Consciousness_ by Paul
and _Neurophilosophy_ by Pat (both from MIT/Bradford). The latter also
covers some basic neuroscience; the philosophy is a bit more advanced
and argumentative. Two slightly more advanced and thorough books by
Bechtel are also quite good (_Philosophy of Mind: An Intro for Cognitive
Science_ and _Philosophy of Science_, same subtitle, both from Erlbaum).
The best collections are Block's _Readings in the Philosophy of Psychology_
(MIT, 1980) and Lycan's _Mind and Cognition_ (Blackwell, 1990).
I haven't seen a really satisfactory intro to AI; there are a number
of "textbooks" but these tend to be boring and to omit non-traditional
approaches such as connectionism. A recent book by Partridge (can't
remember title or publisher) seemed to cover a lot of ground while
also being very readable. The _Readings_ series by Morgan Kaufmann
is quite comprehensive in various given areas of AI, but individual
volumes may be too specialized to serve as a basic reference. The
recent _Machine Learning_ collection (Carbonell ed., MIT/Bradford),
has very good coverage of learning approaches.
There are a zillion texts in cognitive psychology. I won't issue any
recommendations as I haven't looked closely at enough of them, but I
believe that Anderson's _Cognitive Psychology and Its Implications_ is
something of a standard. In linguistics, the four-volume _Cambridge
Survey_ (edited by Newmeyer) looks very comprehensive. Finally I can't
think of an obvious recommendation in cognitive neuroscience, though
the big book edited by Kandel and Schwartz (_Principles of Neural
Science_) should be a good bet.
Center for Research on Concepts and Cognition, Indiana University.
"It is not the least charm of a theory that it is refutable."