Committee for Philosophy and the Sciences
Department of Philosophy
University of Maryland
College Park, MD 20742
Cherniak's research falls in theory of knowledge and in neuroanatomy. The underlying linkage between the two areas concerns models of the agent: Some of the work focusses on more realistic, bounded-resource theories of rationality; from this epistemology stems a research program focussed on optimal-wiring models of brain structure.
PHIL485 Philosophy of Neuroscience
PHIL670 Epistemology (Satisfies graduate student core
The course examines interrelations between naturalized theories of knowledge and cognitive science, with focus on the distinctive character of the issues and methods of epistemology, and on questions about the relevance to them of the computational, psychological, and neural reality of the epistemic agent. Topics include: Descartes' traditional position, and Quine's holistic neo-pragmatism; the "web of belief"; Quinean naturalism and its inheritors--epistemology as just one more element of total science; and meta-philosophy: what is the relation between philosophy and the special sciences? -- A Kantian vs. Quinean perspective.
PHIL 280 PHILOSOPHY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCE: Mind from Computation?Selected Publications
Mind, 90 (1981) 161-183. ( Mind81 )
Philosophy of Science, 48 (1981) 248-268. ( PhilSci81 )
"Rationality and the Structure
of Human Memory," Synthese, 57 (1983) 163-186. ( Synth83 )
and the Universal Acceptance of Logic," Journal of Philosophy, 81 (1984)
739-758; reprinted in Naturalizing Epistemology, H. Kornblith, ed. (MIT,
1994). ( JP84 )
"Limits for Knowledge,"
Philosophical Studies, 49 (1986) 1-18. ( PhilStd86 )
Minimal Rationality (Bradford
Books / M.I.T. Press, Cambridge, MA: 1986). Paperback, 1990; 2nd printing, 1992; 3rd printing, 2008.
Japanese transl (Keiso Shobo, 2009).
article in A Companion to the Philosophy of Mind, S. Guttenplan, ed. (Blackwell,
invited article in Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy, E. Craig, ed. (Routledge,
article in Enciclopedia de Termos Logico-Filosoficos, J. Branquinho and P. Murcho,
eds. (Biblioteca Nacional, 1999).
"Rational Agency," invited article in MIT Encyclopedia of the Cognitive Sciences, R. Wilson and F. Keil, eds. (MIT Press, 1999).
"Philosophy and Computational
Neuroanatomy," invited, Philosophical Studies, 73 (1994) 89-107. ( PhilStd94
"Innateness and Brain-Wiring Optimization: Non-Genomic Nativism," in A. Zilhao, ed., Evolution, Rationality and Cognition (Routledge, 2005) 103-112.( PDF )
"Neural Circuitry Optimization," invited article in J. Kaas, ed., Evolution of Nervous Systems (Academic Press, 2006) 269-272, vol 1, History of Ideas, Basic Concepts and Developmental Mechanisms. Reprinted in J. Kaas, ed., Evolutionary Neuroscience, (Elsevier, 2009). ( PDF )
"Brain Wiring Optimization and Non-Genomic Nativism," invited, in M. Piattelli-Palmarini, et al, eds. Of Minds & Language (Oxford, 2009). ( PDF )
"Neuroanatomy and Cosmology," invited, in J. Bickle, ed., Oxford Handbook of Philosophy & Neuroscience (Oxford, 2009). ( PDF )
"Minimal Rationality and Optimal Brain Wiring," International Congress of Logic, Methodology and Philosophy of Science (Beijing, Aug. 2007). ( PDF )
"Neural Wiring Optimization," invited, in M. Hofman and D. Falk, eds., Evolution of the Primate Brain: From Neuron to Behavior (Elsevier, 2012)
"Prototypicality and Deductive
Reasoning," Journal of Verbal Learning and Verbal Behavior, 23 (1984) 625-642. JVLVB84
"Undebuggability and Cognitive
Science," Communications of the Association for Computing Machinery, 31
(1988) 402-412. ( CACM88 )
"The Bounded Brain: Toward
Quantitative Neuroanatomy," Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 2 (1990)
58-68. ( JCN90 )
"Local Optimization of
Neuron Arbors," UMIACS Tech Report 90-90 (July 1990); Biological Cybernetics,
66 (1992) 503-510. ( BioCyber92
"Component Placement Optimization
in the Brain," UMIACS Tech Report 91-98 (June 1991); Journal of Neuroscience,
14 (1994) 2418-2427. ( JNeuro94 )
"Network Optimization in
the Brain: From C. elegans to Cerebral Cortex" [I: 9/1991] NIMH Grant Application,
UMIACS Tech Report CS-TR-4524. ( www.cs.umd.edu/Library/TRs/ )
"Neural Component Placement,"
invited, Trends in Neurosciences, 18 (1995) 522-527. ( TINS95
of Neuron Arbors," with Mark Changizi and Du Won Kang, University of Maryland
Institute for Advanced Computer Studies Tech Report 96-78 (November 1996); Physical
Review E, 59 (1999) 6001-6009. ( PRE99
"Modeling the Large-Scale
Geometry of Human Coronary Arteries," with M. Changizi, Can. J. Physiol.
Pharmacol., 78 (2000) 603-611.
"Network Optimization in
the Brain: Cerebral Cortex Layout" [II: 2/2000] NIMH Grant Application,
UMIACS Tech Report CS-TR-4525. ( www.cs.umd.edu/Library/TRs/ )
of Neuroanatomy," with Z. Mokhtarzada and U. Nodelman, in G. Ascoli, ed.,
Computational Neuroanatomy: Principles and Methods (Humana, 2002). ( PDF
"Global Optimization of Cerebral Cortex Layout," with
R. Rodriguez-Esteban, and B. Changizi, (2003). University of Maryland
Institute for Advanced Computer Studies UMIACS-TR-2003-102. ( www.cs.umd.edu/Library/TRs/CS-TR-4534/CS-TR-4534.pdf
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 101 (2004) 1081-1086. ( PNAS04 )
( Extended Version: glue.umd.edu/~cherniak/globopt.htm )
( Supplementary Website: glue.umd.edu/~cherniak/SuppData/ )
"Information Processing Limits on Generating Neuroanatomy: Global Optimization of Rat Olfactory Cortex and Amygdala," Journal of Biological Physics, 36 (2009) 45 - 52. ( PDF )
"Body Maps on the Human Genome," with Raul Rodriguez-Esteban. Draft.
"The Riddle of the Universe
and Its Solution" (philosophical fiction), in The Mind's I, D. Hofstadter
& D. Dennett, eds. (Basic Books, 1981); reprinted (in German) in Ist Gott
Ein Taoist, S. Lem, ed. (Suhrkamp, 1988). ( PDF )
"The Wager" (philosophical fiction), AI Magazine, 7 (1986) 120-124 ( PDF ).
"Huysmans' Tortoise" (philosophical fiction) (1987, 2000) ( PDF ).
MindSet CogSci Courseware [ PCOMP, THERMO, & MSHRDLU ]
Indoor Micro-Booomerangs ( Booom )