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Alva Noë

Alva Noë appears in the following:

Peering Into Rembrandt's Eyes

Friday, May 22, 2015

Commentator Alva Noë weighs in on the Late Rembrandt exhibit at the Rijksmuseum — and what he took away from some of the artist's portraits.

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Silencing Science

Friday, May 08, 2015

Whatever your view of the morality of scientific work on primates, is it chilling that a leading figure in cognitive and perceptual neuroscience is ending his work, says commentator Alva Noë.

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What Else Might We Term 'God'?

Friday, May 01, 2015

In 13.7 last week, guest blogger Nancy Ellen Abrams suggested we rethink the definition of "God." Commentator Alva Noë responds this week, questioning how this would work — and what we would gain.

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Reflections On The 'Boys' Of Summer

Friday, April 17, 2015

The new baseball season is underway, and commentator Alva Noë, a first-time Little League coach, is struck by what Little League and the professional game share in common.

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The Power Of The Screen

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Commentator Alva Noë reflects on the draw of technology in society, culture and today's homes.

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Why Does The War On Drugs Persist?

Friday, April 03, 2015

In his new book, Chasing the Scream, Johann Hari hasn't quite found the answer, says commentator Alva Noë. But he does succeed in reminding us that there's nothing inevitable about what's next.

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The Fight Against Addiction: Is Love All You Need?

Friday, March 27, 2015

Many addicts opt for self-medication over encounter — they turn inward and shut out the world, says commentator Alva Noë, as he ponders a new book on addiction by Johann Hari.

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Who Was Mr. Spock?

Sunday, March 08, 2015

The passing of actor Leonard Nimoy gives us an occasion to think again about the character of Mr. Spock himself. Commentator Alva Noë reflects.

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Evolution And Airplane Security

Friday, March 06, 2015

In recent years, airplane service carts have found a new role in security. It's a striking example of the sort of co-adaptation that is often at work in natural biological evolution, says Alva Noë.

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Taking A Good Look At Touch

Friday, February 20, 2015

David J. Linden's new book on touch brings into focus all the things we still don't understand about the neural basis of this sense, says commentator Alva Noë.

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Getting Caught Up In Telling Stories

Friday, February 06, 2015

The revelation that NBC's Brian Williams lied about his experiences as a reporter in Iraq shouldn't shock us, says commentator Alva Noë. Williams was just doing what he's paid to do — entertain us.

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A Case Against The Phrase 'No Problem'

Sunday, February 01, 2015

Commentator Alva Noë says "no problem" is the wrong way to reply to an expression of thanks — for the simple reason that saying "thank you" isn't, or shouldn't be, a veiled way of making an apology.

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The Ethics Of The 'Singularity'

Friday, January 23, 2015

When machines, smarter than us, make machines smarter than them, futurists argue, the 'singularity' will have arrived. Commentator Alva Noë, a skeptic, wonders about imparting values — and control.

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Making A Brain Map That We Can Use

Friday, January 16, 2015

Commentator Alva Noë examines whether the quest to model the brain at the level of the individual neuron — the connectome project — is looking for understanding in the wrong place.

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The Biased Eye

Friday, January 09, 2015

Recent events give us occasion to think about racial stereotypes and the way they may bias even the unprejudiced mind. Alva Noë points to studies showing certain associations may work unconsciously.

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In Search Of A Science Of Consciousness

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Philosopher Alva Noë explores ideas in a new book that suggests consciousness and self is best looked at by combining insight from Western science, Indian philosophy and contemplative practices.

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Do People Like To Think?

Friday, December 12, 2014

Commentator Alva Noë considers a widely discussed study — and debate that has ensued — showing that we'd rather get shocked with electricity than spend time alone with our own thoughts.

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Artificial Intelligence, Really, Is Pseudo-Intelligence

Friday, November 21, 2014

Commentator Alva Noë argues that we don't need to be alarmed that our machines are rapidly outstripping natural-born human cognitive power: We've got a millions-of-years head start.

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What Is That Guy Doing, Anyway?

Friday, November 07, 2014

Commentator Alva Noë says this humorous video spoof of a sign language interpreter reminds us how little we really know about the communication exchange before our eyes.

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Three Cheers For The Instant Replay

Friday, October 31, 2014

The end of the World Series allows us to revisit baseball's experiment with instant replay. Commentator Alva Noë argues it has been a success — because it makes the game not more fair but more fun.

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