Alva Noë

Alva Noë appears in the following:

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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


Making A Case For The Minds Of Animals

Friday, September 11, 2015

A new book makes a strong case for the claim that animals have rich mental lives, says Alva Noë, but falters on the idea that when it comes to knowing what others think and feel, we can only guess.


Can We Shrink Our Blind Spots?

Friday, September 04, 2015

There's irony in the idea that we all have a blind spot that doesn't actually cause us to experience blindness — but, still, there may be implications of a new study on the topic, says Alva Noë.


Oliver Sacks: An Appreciation

Monday, August 31, 2015

Alva Noë wrote about the renowned neurologist, who died Sunday, on the occasion of his 80th birthday in 2013, saying he was a physician who understood that a person is more than a human being.


Is Having A Kid So Terrible?

Friday, August 21, 2015

A new study suggests becoming a parent can have a dramatically negative effect on people. Alva Noë says it shouldn't surprise us that something so bound up with life and death is truly challenging.


Finding The True Philosophical Discussion In 'Irrational Man'

Friday, August 14, 2015

Woody Allen's new film engages in philosophical conversation, in arguments and justifications for actions, though not much reasoning is seen in individual characters, says philosopher Alva Noë.


A New Way To Look At Emotions

Friday, August 07, 2015

In her research, scientist Lisa Feldman Barrett concludes that emotions are not distinct entities inside us. Philosopher Alva Noë weighs in.


A Social Media Rumor That Nearly Broke Some Hearts

Friday, July 31, 2015

This week, a flurry of talk on Twitter and other social media led Mets infielder Wilmer Flores to break down in tears on the field; Alva Noë suggests we let it be a cautionary tale.


The Art Of Knowing What You're Looking For

Saturday, July 25, 2015

What makes hitting in baseball possible is our participation together in an ongoing game or play or, better, a relationship, says commentator Alva Noë.


Our Robot Servants

Friday, July 17, 2015

If robots pose a danger, it's because, like cars, cranes and jackhammers, they're heavy machinery operating outside the performance specifications of flesh and blood human beings, says Alva Noë.


The Awkward Synthesis That Is 'Inside Out'

Sunday, July 05, 2015

There is something downright terrifying about the new Pixar movie's nihilistic conception of ourselves as zombie puppets living in a confabulated universe, says commentator Alva Noë.


How Trauma Shapes The World We Know

Friday, June 26, 2015

Commentator Alva Noë takes a look at a new study showing that PTSD sufferers experience the presence of real threats the rest of us cannot see.