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Alva Noë

Alva Noë appears in the following:

Can You Tell Your Ethnic Identity From Your DNA?

Friday, February 12, 2016

It ought to be possible to compare the DNA of a random individual with DNA from around the world to make a call on ethnicity, but there are problems with tests of this kind, says commentator Alva Noë.

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Putting The Body Back In Biology

Sunday, February 07, 2016

An active engagement on the part of scientists with biological stuff and substance, rather than with mere algorithms and codes, is needed for progress in biological study, says Alva Noë.

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DNA, Genealogy And The Search For Who We Are

Friday, January 29, 2016

Family history is one thing and DNA-based ancestry is another: You just can't map beautiful, defining, important family stories onto a DNA tree, says blogger Alva Noë.

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Soaking Up Wisdom From Neil DeGrasse Tyson

Friday, January 22, 2016

Some intellectuals bring out the immense complexity behind simple phenomena and others, like the estimable Dr. Tyson, excel at bringing complicated ideas down to earth, says Alva Noë.

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We May Never Shed Light On Ancient Artists' Motives

Friday, January 08, 2016

Discoveries like the paintings deep inside dark European caves and 8,000-year-old patterns seen only from the air in Kazakhstan leave us to wonder about our ancestors' intentions, says Alva Noë.

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So Far, There's No Magic Bullet For The Mind

Wednesday, January 06, 2016

Lumosity has agreed to settle a deceptive advertising suit. It may be good to play the sorts of games they offer, but it doesn't mean they are a quick fix for mental strength, says blogger Alva Noë.

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Is 'The Nutcracker' Part Of The Fabric Of Christmas?

Friday, January 01, 2016

You can hardly overstate the extent to which The Nutcracker belongs to the ritual of Christmas, but it came rather late to the game, says commentator Alva Noë.

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Since When Is An Emoji A 'Word'?

Friday, December 18, 2015

Oxford Dictionaries chose an emoji as its 2015 Word of the Year. Even by Oxford's own definition, it is just not a word: It's an emoticon or a pictograph, argues philosopher Alva Noë.

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Is It Bad If Art Is Boring?

Friday, December 11, 2015

Works of art, in all their variety, afford us the opportunity for boredom — and they do so when everything in our lives mitigates against boredom, says Alva Noë. Maybe this is one of art's gifts.

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Is Art Essential to Human Nature?

Thursday, December 10, 2015

In "Strange Tools: Art and Human Nature," philosophy professor Alva Noë examines our persistent, and conflicted, relationship to art.

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Physical Disability And Engineering Of Environments

Sunday, December 06, 2015

The idea that physical disability isn't a property of a person, it is a property of a person together with an environmental situation, goes back to Aristotle. Philosopher Alva Noë examines the notion.

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Is Immediate Access To Information Always Good?

Friday, November 20, 2015

Philosopher Alva Noë reflects on learning of two shocking events, the Paris terrorist attacks and the hospitalization of his son, through social media on the tarmac at an airport.

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You Are Not Just Your Brain

Friday, November 13, 2015

Consciousness science isn't — and can't be — just neuroscience, says philosopher Alva Noë, who applauds the interdisciplinary approach of a new Oxford journal titled Neuroscience of Consciousness.

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In Impossible Times Come Impossible Decisions

Friday, November 06, 2015

During WWII, the father of commentator Alva Noë was a young boy, driven out of his home in Romania along with other Jews. There's one question that haunts him — and may plague Syria's refugees today.

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There's A Unity Among Baseball Fans

Sunday, November 01, 2015

As you watch the World Series tonight, you may see that the shared interest of fans in the action, and their understanding of it, brings them into a type of coordination, says Alva Noë.

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Soup Is An Anagram Of Opus: Thoughts On Warhol's Campbell's Paintings

Friday, October 23, 2015

With the total collection of his paintings of Campbell's soup cans, Andy Warhol puts the human mind on exhibition, says philosopher Alva Noë.

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Research Methods And Bias In Science

Friday, October 16, 2015

Amid recent scandals, Alva Noë considers an essay on the role of cognitive bias in science — and how methods of research in one field, like physics's data blind study, could be replicated in others.

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Why The Matt Harvey Uncertainty Broke Some Baseball Fans' Hearts

Saturday, October 10, 2015

In not committing to when, or how much, he would play for the Mets after returning from surgery, the team's star pitcher reminded fans that a game is just a game.

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Clean Diesel: Too Good To Be True?

Friday, September 25, 2015

Last month, Alva Noë's family bought their first new car — a VW Golf Sportwagen TDI — paying premium for what they thought was a fuel efficient, clean diesel; he tries to understand what went wrong.

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Language Correction Leads To Universal Words

Friday, September 18, 2015

Alva Noë reflects on a new study claiming that the fact that human communication requires the ability to correct misunderstanding in real time has led to a cross-cultural convergence on shared words.

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