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Alva Noë

Alva Noë appears in the following:

A Web Of Trees And Their 'Hidden' Lives

Friday, September 23, 2016

What is the connection trees have to each other? Alva Noë discusses a new book about trees, what they know, what they need and how they act.

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Can We See Taste?

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Alva Noë takes a look at the ways neuroscience is beginning to shed light on how we are able, as we are, to discern flavor.

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The Importance Of Being Dressed

Friday, September 09, 2016

Humans have been wearing clothes for millennia. Nudity, for humans, is not nakedness but the absence of clothes. Philosopher Alva Noë reflects on this in light of current and not-so-current debates.

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Imagining Life Through Art

Friday, September 02, 2016

Theo Jansen's strandbeests command our attention in the way that only life can or, rather, an imagined fantasy of whole races of creatures come into being and now gone extinct, says Alva Noë.

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Why Do We Love Some Animals But Eat Others?

Friday, August 26, 2016

Alva Noë explores a new book that considers the complicated relationship between humans and animals by looking at attitudes toward road kill, taxidermy, dead pets and art by animals.

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We Don't Accept Segregation By Race Or Religion. So Why Is It OK With Gender?

Friday, August 19, 2016

Philosopher Alva Noë ponders gender, considering the idea that males and females are simply different kinds of people — and how hard it can be for a child to tell whether someone is a boy or a girl.

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A Look At Accuracy And Turner's Whaling Quartet

Friday, August 12, 2016

Turner's whaling paintings, recently on display at the Met, do little to convey the detail of the whale's powerful movement or the seas — but what they do create is atmosphere, says Alva Noë.

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Should Teachers Ask Students To Check Their Devices At The Classroom Door?

Friday, August 05, 2016

Blogger Alva Noë says he doesn't feel that, as an instructor, he has a right to ask students to come to class without technology, "even when I think, even when I know, that it would be a good thing."

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Beeping, Buzzing Baseball

Friday, July 22, 2016

Beep baseball is a game that requires trust, quiet and cooperation between the sighted and the blind. It gives us an opportunity to think about human ability and disability anew, says Alva Noë.

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Welcome To The Entanglement

Friday, July 15, 2016

Alva Noë considers the idea that we have entered an era in which our technologies are so complex that they exceed what any of us can really grasp, as suggested in a new book by Samuel Arbesman.

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Is It Easier To Know The Truth When Distractions Are Removed?

Monday, July 04, 2016

In a newly published study, "witnesses" were randomly assigned to wear the niqab and "jurors" had to decide if they were telling the truth. The findings are surprising, says Alva Noë.

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How Much Baseball Is Too Much For Young Kids?

Friday, June 24, 2016

As commentator Alva Noë heads off to a youth baseball tournament with his 11-year-old son, he pauses to review a new book by Jeff Passan on the dangers of too much baseball in the lives of young kids.

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Why Do Our Minds Wander?

Friday, June 17, 2016

Philosopher Alva Noë discusses new work on the neuroscience of spontaneous thought — and asks whether anyone can have accurate awareness of his or her own thoughts and experiences.

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Did Man Make His Best Friend Twice?

Friday, June 10, 2016

Alva Noë considers a new hypothesis suggesting dogs may have been domesticated in two different places from genetically distinct wolf populations in Europe and in East Asia.

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Are Emotions Skin Deep?

Friday, June 03, 2016

Growing research on the effects of botox treatments on emotional perception sheds light on the nature of human emotion, says blogger Alva Noë.

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Why Are The Trees Green?

Friday, May 27, 2016

This simple question posed by ecologist Fred Smith led to profound discoveries about delicate balance and styles of regulation in healthy ecosystems, a topic covered in a new book Alva Noë considers.

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Do We Learn 'At First' By Imitation?

Friday, May 20, 2016

Commentator Alva Noë considers new work on the age-old topic of nature versus nurture — a new study finding no evidence that babies imitate others in the first 9 weeks of life.

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The Airplane As A Microcosm Of Class Divisions

Friday, May 13, 2016

Alva Noë takes a look at a new study concluding that passengers in economy are almost four times as likely to lash out on board when there is a first class section on the flight.

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As Thinking On Animal Ethics Shifts, New Journal On Animal Feeling Launches

Friday, May 06, 2016

The conviction that the interests of animals need to be taken seriously is now very much the norm, and it's possible Animal Sentience could change the scientific landscape, says Alva Noë.

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'Unbroken Brain' Offers New Insights On Addiction

Friday, April 29, 2016

Commentator Alva Noë reflects on Maia Szalavitz's new book presenting the view that addiction is a learning disorder.

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