Alva Noë

Alva Noë appears in the following:

More Bad News For Brain-Training Games

Friday, July 14, 2017

In a new study, neither control subjects nor those who used Lumosity games showed improvement beyond getting better at the specific games they were playing, says blogger Alva Noë.

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Aesthetic Evolution In The Animal World

Friday, July 07, 2017

Blogger Alva Noë reflects on Richard O. Prum's new book, Darwin's "other" idea, and the connection between the natural world and art.

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We May See Color So We Can Understand Each Other

Friday, June 30, 2017

Blogger Alva Noë explores a study on vision finding that the narrow separation of bandwidth sensitivities of long- and medium-wave cones may be the best way for us to discriminate facial hues.

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Is The Concern Artificial Intelligence — Or Autonomy?

Friday, June 16, 2017

At the end of the day, even the smartest computers are tools, our tools, and their intentions are our intentions — to the extent that we can speak of their intentions at all, says blogger Alva Noë.

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Using A Diorama Portal To Transport You In Time And Place

Friday, June 09, 2017

There's generally a pane of glass separating viewers from museum diorama scenes, providing a frame, allowing us to peer, as if by magic, into a world remote in space and time, says blogger Alva Noë.

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The Future Of Prostheses

Sunday, June 04, 2017

A new study shows that setting up a link — so that what you do produces an effect on what you feel — changes the ability to control what you are doing when using a prosthesis, says blogger Alva Noë.

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'Knowing The Score': A Look At Philosophy And Sport

Friday, May 26, 2017

Alva Noë says a new book by David Papineau places the value of sport on our love for cultivating our skillfulness — and because it is joyous and thrilling and hard to develop our physical capacities.

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Has Modern Experience Changed The Human Brain?

Friday, May 19, 2017

The brain evolved over evolutionary time scales of millions of years. So what's the likelihood that modern experience could have had an impact? Alva Noë says a new study might give the topic light.

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Is 'Being' The Same For Everyone?

Monday, May 15, 2017

Philosophical skepticism, in part coming from Decartes, considers the idea that it's impossible to know another person's reality. Alva Noë ponders this in relation to debates in today's world.

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Visual Clues Into The Mind Of An Expert And A Novice

Friday, May 12, 2017

Experts and beginners approach their tasks differently. Blogger Alva Noë weighs in on new video research that uses an eye-tracking device to show where expert and novice pianists diverge.

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Reproductions In A Time Of The Culture Of Originality

Friday, May 05, 2017

An exhibition looking at the remarkable friendship and artistic collaboration between Michelangelo and Sebastiano sheds light on important questions concerning original art and copies, says Alva Noë.

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Museums Consider Ways To Engage Different People In The Same Art

Friday, April 28, 2017

As museum curators continue to search for ways to make art accessible to the viewing public — and to engage individual interests — blogger Alva Noë says turning to neuroscience is not the answer.

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Do We Really Need To Speed Up Baseball?

Friday, March 31, 2017

Major League Baseball is considering ways to shorten the game. But the problem baseball faces isn't the speed of the game: Players and spectators alike need to slow down, says blogger Alva Noë.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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