Massimo Piattelli-Palmarini

Professor, Department of Linguistics

Massimo Piattelli-Palmarini is a professor of linguistics, cognitive science, and psychology. His research interests include cognitive science, language and mind, biological foundations of language, and language evolution. He is the author of numerous books, including “Inevitable Illusions: How Mistakes of Reason Rule Our Minds” and “What Darwin Got Wrong.” Piattelli-Palmarini met Noam Chomsky in 1974 when he organized the first conference on biolinguistics with Chomsky and Salvador Luria (a giant of early molecular genetics and a Nobel laureate).