Alva Noë

Alva Noë appears in the following:

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.


Reducing Fear Without Fear Itself

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

A study released Monday takes a novel approach to fear reduction — one that reduces phobias without the fearful person even knowing it's happening, says commentator Alva Noë.


The Upshot Of New Screen Time Guidelines? Spend Time With Your Kids.

Friday, November 04, 2016

The American Academy of Pediatrics has released new guidelines for young kids' screen time. What's key is that it should include parents — and be free of distracting bells and whistles, says Alva Noë.


Sugar's Transition From Nice To Nasty

Sunday, October 30, 2016

We may be addicted to sugar as a culture, writes Alva Noë, but not in the way some of us are addicted to drugs like cocaine or heroin: The problem is a collective one.


Accidental Tools: A Difference In Our Ancestors And Monkeys

Friday, October 21, 2016

In the past week, we've looked at a few studies showing ways apes are like us. Today, we consider a way in which monkeys, specifically capuchins, are different, says blogger Alva Noë.


Apes May Be More Like Us Than We Thought

Friday, October 14, 2016

Blogger Alva Noë looks at new research showing apes understand what we think: They are able to differentiate how someone thinks something to be from how it actually is.


Do You Wish Time Would Slow Down?

Friday, October 07, 2016

As adults, we live life project to project, looking ahead to the almost certain completion of each. Research shows that we can be more in the present by shaking things up, says philosopher Alva Noë.


Can Science Teach Us How To Be Good Parents?

Friday, September 30, 2016

As one of the world's leading developmental psychologists, Alison Gopnik is in a position to state with authority that no one knows what's best when it comes to raising kids, says blogger Alva Noë.