Alva Noë

Alva Noë appears in the following:

'Knowing The Score': A Look At Philosophy And Sport

Friday, May 26, 2017

Alva Noë says a new book by David Papineau places the value of sport on our love for cultivating our skillfulness — and because it is joyous and thrilling and hard to develop our physical capacities.


Has Modern Experience Changed The Human Brain?

Friday, May 19, 2017

The brain evolved over evolutionary time scales of millions of years. So what's the likelihood that modern experience could have had an impact? Alva Noë says a new study might give the topic light.


Is 'Being' The Same For Everyone?

Monday, May 15, 2017

Philosophical skepticism, in part coming from Decartes, considers the idea that it's impossible to know another person's reality. Alva Noë ponders this in relation to debates in today's world.


Visual Clues Into The Mind Of An Expert And A Novice

Friday, May 12, 2017

Experts and beginners approach their tasks differently. Blogger Alva Noë weighs in on new video research that uses an eye-tracking device to show where expert and novice pianists diverge.


Reproductions In A Time Of The Culture Of Originality

Friday, May 05, 2017

An exhibition looking at the remarkable friendship and artistic collaboration between Michelangelo and Sebastiano sheds light on important questions concerning original art and copies, says Alva Noë.


Museums Consider Ways To Engage Different People In The Same Art

Friday, April 28, 2017

As museum curators continue to search for ways to make art accessible to the viewing public — and to engage individual interests — blogger Alva Noë says turning to neuroscience is not the answer.


Do We Really Need To Speed Up Baseball?

Friday, March 31, 2017

Major League Baseball is considering ways to shorten the game. But the problem baseball faces isn't the speed of the game: Players and spectators alike need to slow down, says blogger Alva Noë.


Are You Addicted To Your Smartphone?

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Behavioral addiction, especially to the new technologies so prevalent today, is the topic of Adam Alter's book Irresistible. Alva Noë proposes two criteria that may determine addiction to technology.


The Power Of 40 Speakers In A Room

Friday, March 10, 2017

The Nelson-Atkins Museum in Kansas City is host to Janet Cardiff's work "Forty-Part Motet." Commentator Alva Noë asks why this display brings such an emotional response to many.


Moving Toward Understanding Consciousness

Sunday, March 05, 2017

A team of neuroscientists is calling on their field to rethink whether we can understand the mind by looking at the brain in isolation from the active life of the whole animal, says Alva Noë.


A Film Editor In The Land Of Astrophysicists

Friday, February 24, 2017

Academy Award winner Walter Murch believes true a theory astrophysicists have basically long ago ruled out. A new book, reviewed by Alva Noë, asks if science is a closed club — or protector of truth.


Can We Trust Science?

Friday, February 10, 2017

Mistrust of "Big Science" seems to flourish at both extremes of our political community. The best thing we can do to gain trust in science is to do more science — and to do it better, says Alva Noë.


Why Do Many Think Human Blood Is Sometimes Blue?

Friday, February 03, 2017

It's hard to disprove a falsehood when it seems to fit so seamlessly with other true, if poorly understood, propositions — and that's what's going on here, it would seem, says Alva Noë.


Can We Learn Something About Jet Lag From MLB Players?

Sunday, January 29, 2017

A study released Monday looks at data from 20 MLB seasons to tease out how jet lag affects ballplayer performance — and the authors come up with some pretty interesting results, says Alva Noë.


The Art Of The Brain, On Exhibit

Friday, January 20, 2017

Santiago Ramón y Cajal's drawings, seen in a new book and exhibit this month, are a remarkable example of the seminal, creative, re-orienting significance of pictures in science, says Alva Noë.


Philosophy In The Octopus's Garden

Friday, January 13, 2017

It's worth pausing and taking delight in the stunning image of a philosopher descending the ocean blue in his quest to understand how other minds work, says Alva Noë of Peter Godfrey-Smith's new book.


How Memes Harken Back To Pre-Internet Times

Friday, January 06, 2017

The newer, Internet-social-media-sense memes are in the same vein as those some scholars defined years ago, says Alva Noe.


Brain, Mind, Body And The Disease Of Addiction

Friday, December 16, 2016

There's no doubt that addiction is a disease — and that it has a brain component, says blogger Alva Noë. But can we understand addiction in neural terms alone?


Are We Conscious During Dreamless Sleep?

Friday, December 09, 2016

This is a question about consciousness as much as it is about sleep, says philosopher Alva Noë. Are there experiences that don't present themselves to us precisely as experiences "of the world" do?


Is Being 'Post-Truth' A New Concept?

Friday, December 02, 2016

It isn't necessarily indifference to the truth to be indifferent to some of the outlandish stuff people say: Maybe it's "post-truth," the Oxford Dictionary's word of the year, says Alva Noë.