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Alva Noë

Alva Noë appears in the following:

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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What Art, And The Game Telephone, Teach Us About Copying

Friday, October 17, 2014

The basic phenomenon of speaking, expressing meaning in words — and also that of copying or recording what we hear — is laid bare before our eyes by artist Alvin Lucier, says commentator Alva Noë.

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Why Can't Dutee Run?

Friday, October 10, 2014

Commentator Alva Noë says the decision to ban the Indian sprinter from competition suggests her fault is that she isn't "deficient" enough to count as female.

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Is A Picture Always Worth A Thousand Words?

Saturday, October 04, 2014

Pictures fascinate us in ways it is not easy to understand. But when crimes are made for pictures, it's time to refuse to look at them, says commentator Alva Noë.

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A Reflection On Random Acts of Kindness

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Commentator Alva Noë considers a surprise payment a stranger made for him. He says the best part was that his gift was free: If he had incurred a debt, it wasn't to anyone — it was to everyone.

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Finding Answers In Our Stories

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Theists believe in God. Atheists do not. What kind of disagreement is this anyway? Commentator Alva Noë suggests that what's at stake is our stories.

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Why Atheists Need Captain Kirk

Friday, September 12, 2014

Atheism and science face a real challenge: To frame an account of science, or nature, that leaves room for meaning. Atheists have pinned their flag to Mr. Spock's mast. But they need Captain Kirk.

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Civilization In The Time Of Selfies

Saturday, September 06, 2014

News reports this week told of photos of naked celebrities that were stolen and posted online. Separately, we learned that even Neanderthal man made pictures. Why are these images so important?

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In Praise Of Being Bored

Friday, August 29, 2014

Boredom is increasingly a thing of the past. We've got devices to fill up every instant. Some people say baseball is boring. But maybe its popularity is in the fact that it allows us room to be bored?

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An Attempt To Explain The Magic Of The Ballpark

Friday, August 22, 2014

What makes some middle-aged men and women act like children at the baseball park? Commentator Alva Noë wonders about that distinct attitude of love and longing that we call "being a fan."

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