June 2, 1945 |
|Institutions||Université du Québec à Montréal, University of Southampton|
|Alma mater||McGill University, Princeton University|
|Thesis||Grounding Symbolic Representation in Categorical Perception (1992)|
|Influences||Donald O. Hebb, Julian Jaynes, Noam Chomsky, Alan Turing, Charles Darwin|
Stevan Robert Harnad (Hernád István Róbert, Hesslein István, born June 2, 1945, Budapest) is a cognitive scientist.
Harnad was born in Budapest, Hungary. He did his undergraduate work at McGill University and his graduate work at Princeton University's Department of Psychology. Harnad completed his Master of Arts degree in Psychology from McGill University in 1969 and his Doctor of Philosophy degree from Princeton University in 1992.
Harnad's research interests are in cognitive science and open access. He is currently Canada Research Chair in cognitive science at Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM) and professor of cognitive science at the University of Southampton. He was elected external member of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences in 2001. His research is on categorization, communication, cognition, and consciousness and he has written extensively on categorical perception, symbol grounding, origin of language, lateralization, the Turing test, distributed cognition, scientometrics, and consciousness. Harnad is a former student of Donald O. Hebb and Julian Jaynes.
Research publishing and open access 
In 1978, Harnad was the founder of Behavioral and Brain Sciences, of which he remained editor-in-chief until 2002. In addition, he founded Psycoloquy (an early electronic journal sponsored by the American Psychological Association), CogPrints (an electronic eprint archive in the cognitive sciences hosted by the University of Southampton), and the American Scientist Open Access Forum (since 1998). Harnad is an active promoter of open access (EPrints, EnablingOpenScholarship (EOS), Open Access Scholarly Information Sourcebook (OASIS), SPARC Campus Open Access Policies).
Democracy in Hungary 
Harnad is the author of a 2011 open letter signed by over 60 external members of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences addressed to the Academy's President, József Pálinkás, concerning the press and police harassment campaign against Hungarian philosophers who were critics of the current Hungarian ruling party, Fidesz, and its prime minister, Viktor Orbán. Harnad is also on the Board of Directors of the Canadian-Hungarian Democratic Charter.
Animal welfare 
See also 
- Chinese room
- Computational theory of mind
- Institutional repository
- John Searle
- Open peer commentary
- Open access mandate
- Peer review
- Scholarly Skywriting
- Student Skywriting
- Subversive Proposal
- Harnad, Stevan (1969). The effects of fixation, attention, and report on the frequency and duration of visual disappearances (MA thesis). McGill University. http://search.proquest.com/docview/302385436.
- Harnad, Stevan (1992). Grounding Symbolic Representation in Categorical Perception (PhD thesis). Princeton University. http://search.proquest.com/docview/85555174.
- List of publications from Google Scholar
- List of publications from the DBLP Bibliography Server
- Harnad, Stevan (2005). To Cognize is to Categorize: Cognition is Categorization. in Lefebvre, C. and Cohen, H., Eds. Handbook of Categorization. Elsevier.
- Cangelosi, Angelo and Harnad, Stevan (2001). The adaptive advantage of symbolic theft over sensorimotor toil: Grounding language in perceptual categories. Evolution of Communication 4(1) 117-142
- Harnad, Stevan (2006). The Annotation Game: On Turing (1950) on Computing, Machinery, and Intelligence. In: Epstein, Robert & Peters, Grace (Eds.) Parsing the Turing Test: Philosophical and Methodological Issues in the Quest for the Thinking Computer. Springer
- Harnad, Stevan & Scherzer, Peter (2008). First, Scale Up to the Robotic Turing Test, Then Worry About Feeling. Artificial Intelligence in Medicine 44(2): 83-89
- D. O. Hebb: Father of Cognitive Psychobiology (1904-1985)
- What It Feels Like To Hear Voices: Fond Memories of Julian Jaynes
- BBS Inaugural Editorial
- BBS Valedictory Editorial
- Archive of American Scientist Open Access Forum
- EnablingOpenScholarship (EOS)
- Open Access Scholarly Information Sourcebook (OASIS)
- SPARC Campus Open Access Policies
- [http://news.sciencemag.org/scienceinsider/2011/02/hungarian-academicians-blast-government.html John Bohannon "Hungarian Academicians Blast Government Over Inquiry Into Research Funds" ScienceInsider 4 February 2011
- Harnad, Stevan Harnad (2011). "Morals, Mores and Mood: On Saying and Doing What Feels Right", Skywritings, January 2.
- Harnad, Stevan (2012). How/Why Explaining the Causal Role of Consciousness is Hard Turing Centenary Institute on the Evolution and Function of Consciousness"
- Interview by Richard Poynder
- Open Access Archivangelism Blog, Stevan Harnad's blog on Open Access
- Publications by Harnad archived in Archipel, Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM)
- Strauss, Stephen (1993). "Is it an ant? A cockroach? Or Simply a Squiggle?", The Globe and Mail, January 9, 1993.