Philip Laughlin

Senior Acquisitions Editor, Cognitive Science, Philosophy, Linguistics, and Bioethics

Philip Laughlin

Since joining the Press in the fall of 2009, Philip has acquired textbooks, trade books, reference works, and scholarly monographs for MIT's philosophy, cognitive science, bioethics, and linguistics lists. He believes the most compelling books are inherently interdisciplinary and loves working with authors — particularly first-time book authors — who attempt to build bridges between the sciences and the humanities. This outlook is reflected in his publications at The MIT Press, which cover topics ranging from consciousness, evolution, language, memory, creativity, and artificial intelligence to art, dreams, free will, madness, morality, religion, time, and death. Phil can be reached at and his Twitter profile is @PhilipLaughlin.


Notable Acquisitions:

Sources of Power, 20th Anniversary Edition: How People Make Decisions by Gary A. Klein, Drawing Physics: 2,600 Years of Discovery From Thales to Higgs by Don S. Lemons, Late-Talking Children: A Symptom or a Stage? by Stephen M. Camarata, The Rationality Quotient: Toward a Test of Rational Thinking by Keith Stanovich, Richard West, and Maggie Toplak, The Philosophy of Language: The Classics Explained by Colin McGinn, Becoming Fluent: How Cognitive Science Can Help Adults Learn a Foreign Language by Richard Roberts and Roger Kreuz, How Things Shape the Mind: A Theory of Material Engagement by Lambros Malafouris, Feeling Beauty: The Neuroscience of Aesthetic Experience by G. Gabrielle Starr


How to Talk to a Science Denier

Conversations with Flat Earthers, Climate Deniers, and Others Who Defy Reason

Lee McIntyre

Algorithms Are Not Enough

Creating General Artificial Intelligence

Herbert L. Roitblat

The Evolution of the Sensitive Soul

Learning and the Origins of Consciousness

Simona Ginsburg, Eva Jablonka

An Inclusive Academy

Achieving Diversity and Excellence

Abigail J. Stewart, Virginia Valian

The Embodied Mind

Cognitive Science and Human Experience

Francisco J. Varela, Evan Thompson, Eleanor Rosch, Jon Kabat-Zinn

The Ancient Origins of Consciousness

How the Brain Created Experience

Todd E. Feinberg, Jon M. Mallatt