Alva Noë appears in the following:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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?
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."