The data that can bear on the confirmation of perceptual hypotheses includes, in the general case, considerably less than the organism may know.
p. 69 (Modularity of Mind (1983))
Beyond any doubt, the most important thing that has happened in cognitive science was Turing’s invention of the notion of mechanical rationality.Jerry Fodor
If there is a community of computers living in my head, there had also better be somebody who is in charge; and, by God, it had better be me.Jerry Fodor
I hate relativism . I hate relativism more than I hate anything else, excepting, maybe, fiberglass powerboats... surely, surely , no one but a relativist would drive a fiberglass powerboat.Jerry Fodor
Suppose that the organism is given the problem of determining the analysis of a stimulus at a certain level of representation- e.g., the problem of determining which sequence of words a given utterance encodes. Since, in the general case, transducer outputs underdetermine perceptual analyses, we can think of the solution of such problems as involving processes of nondemonstrative inference. In particular, we can think of each input system as a computational mechanism which projects and confirms a certain class of hyputheses on the basis of a certain body of data.Jerry Fodor
[T]he degree of confirmation assigned to any given hypothesis is sensitive to properties of the entire belief system … simplicity, plausibility, and conservatism are properties that theories have in virtue of their relation to the whole structure of scientific beliefs taken collectively. A measure of conservatism or simplicity would be a metric over global properties of belief systems.Jerry Fodor
FACULTY PSYCHOLOGY is getting to be respectable again after centuries of hanging around with phrenologists and other dubious types. By faculty psychology I mean, roughly , the view that many fundamentally different kinds of psychological mechanisms must be postulated in order to explain the facts of mental life . Faculty psychology takes seriously the apparent heterogeneity of the mental and is impressed by such prima facie differences as between, say, sensation and perception, volition and cognition, learning and remembering, or language and thought.Jerry Fodor