In this engaging book, Jerry Fodor argues against the widely held view that mental processes are largely computations, that the architecture of cognition is massively modular, and that the explanation of our innate mental structure is basically Darwinian. Although Fodor has praised the computational theory of mind as the best theory of cognition that we have, he considers it to be only a fragment of the truth. In fact, he claims, cognitive scientists do not really know much yet about how the mind works (the book's title refers to Steve Pinker's How the Mind Works).
Fodor's primary aim is to explore the relationship among nativism, computational and modular theories of mind, and evolutionary psychology. He concludes that although we have no grounds to suppose that most of the mind is modular, we have no idea how nonmodular cognition could work. Thus, according to Fodor, cognitive science has hardly gotten started.
Jerry Fodor is Professor of Philosophy at Rutgers University. His many books include In Critical Condition (MIT Press, 1998) and The Elm and the Expert (MIT Press, 1994). "The Mind Doesn't Work That Way obliges us to dismiss simplistic assumptions and focus on the hard issues we often hide under the rug. This book is as important as Modularity of Mind was almost twenty years ago."
--Jacques Mehler, Centre National de Recherche Scientifique, Paris, and International School for Advanced Studies, Trieste