Adina Roskies

Mind Reading

Whether it's gossiping over a drink, teaching our children, or politicians debating, we use words to communicate with each other and share ideas. It’s what makes us human. But what if we can’t? Could it be possible to broadcast our thoughts directly from our brains without the need for speech? In a recent episode of BBC World Service Radio’s “Discovery” program, Gaia Vince interviewed Philosophy Professor Adina Roskies (who is also the Chair of Dartmouth's Cognitive Neuroscience Program) and other scientists who say they are getting close to being able to read minds, and looks at the controversial privacy issues raised by the technology, such as could someone put thoughts into another's mind? Listen to the 27-minute program here.

Philosophy Professors Win Faculty Awards

Two Philosophy professors have won Dartmouth faculty awards in 2013. Congratulations at Professor Susan Brison, who received the 2013 Dean of the Faculty Award for Outstanding Mentoring and Advising, and to Professor Adina Roskies, who receieved the 2013 John M. Manley Huntington Award for Newly Promoted Faculty!

Philosophy Professor Awarded Mellon Fellowship

Adina Roskies, an associate professor in the department of philosophy, has been awarded a New Directions Fellowship by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Mellon New Directions Fellowships support the work of faculty members in the humanities and arts who have earned a PhD in the last 5 to 15 years. Fellows pursue training outside their own disciplines; the awards also “benefit humanistic scholarship more generally by encouraging the highest standards in cross-disciplinary research,” according to the Foundation’s website. Recent Dartmouth recipients include Larry Polansky, the Jacob H. Strauss Professor in Music, and Susanne Freidberg, associate professor of geography.

Professor Adina Roskies: Working Across Disciplines

By Dana Cook Grossman

“I haven’t really planned much of my career,” says Adina Roskies, a professor of philosophy at Dartmouth. “I tend to just go where things take me.”

Originally, Roskies thought her career might take her into outer space. “I wanted to be an astronaut,” she says. “For a long time, I was going to be an astrophysicist.”

But as a senior at Yale, she had an epiphany. “What I really wanted to understand was how people thought and what thinking was and what consciousness was. I discovered it in an interdisciplinary seminar that had a large philosophy component and also a neuroscience component.”