Alva Noë appears in the following:
Sunday, August 04, 2013
Some birds can dance. These dancing birds can also learn to make vocal sounds by listening to others. They share this ability with humans. But our primate cousins don't seem to be so endowed. Alva Noë asks if there is, indeed, a connection between vocal learning and the ability to dance.
Friday, July 26, 2013
Doping in sports is back in the news. And once again we are reminded that our attitudes on the topic are complicated and not entirely transparent even to ourselves. Commentator Alva Noë wonders where we draw the line when it comes to altering our physical and chemical selves.
Saturday, July 20, 2013
While most baseball players come to the knuckleball after all else fails, one youngster has caught the media's attention by adopting the pitch early on. It's a unique story that could also bring historic change to the game.
Saturday, July 13, 2013
Why keep a score card at a baseball game? Because baseball, like life, doesn't come with its own interpretation. It is up to each of us to make sense. Whether you like baseball or not, commentator Alva Noë thinks we have something to learn from the practice of keeping score.
Friday, July 05, 2013
Does X-ray vision really add up? The latest Superman movie, Man of Steel, finally tries to make sense of Superman's super senses. It's a story that might well ring true to mere mortals who have gone through the experience of having a dormant sense restored.
Saturday, June 29, 2013
Misperception tells us something about how we perceive. But when it comes to optical illusions, sometimes getting the illusion is a kind of perceptual success. Enjoy this viral video of young German dancers creating unexpected patterns with their movements.
Friday, June 21, 2013
The recent controversy about government surveillance intersects in surprising ways with big questions at the heart of philosophy, cognitive science and computer science. Alva Noë says privacy is a big problem in the age of Big Data.
Friday, June 14, 2013
We face a paradox: Although we lack sufficient reason to believe in the consciousness of others, it would be plainly unreasonable for us to give up this commitment.
Friday, June 07, 2013
Commentator Alva Noë enters the Encyclopedic Palace at this year's Venice Biennale and finds it short on art, ideas and engagement. What was the curator thinking? But it's not all bad news. The Biennale is sprawling and there is much to enjoy, if you know where to look
Friday, May 31, 2013
Commentator Alva Noë is taken by the work of Tino Sehgal at the 2013 Venice Art Biennale. It's hard to explain, but in the end he concludes that we do not stand apart from art. We are engaged with art in ways that we don't always expect.
Friday, May 24, 2013
To understand the origin of traits, you need, in effect, to look at how we think and feel about the traits we have. What we are is fixed, in part, by us. That was one of the thoughts prompted by commentator Alva Noë's arrival in Istanbul this week.
Friday, May 17, 2013
Songs, like all art, can take on a life of their own once they are thrust into the public domain. Their meanings can shift substantially, something commentator Alva Noë experienced recently during a school music recital.
Friday, May 10, 2013
The work of the Dutch master Johannes Vermeer has long puzzled the art world. Some of his pieces just don't quite fit. They're a little off. What gives? Author Benjamin Binstock has an idea, an idea that commentator Alva Noë finds appealing.
Friday, May 03, 2013
Faculty at San Jose State University are rebelling against pressure from their own administration to integrate MOOCs — massively open online courses — into their teaching. Across the country the issue is being debated on campuses and in state houses. Commentator Alva Noë's dips his toe into the conversation.
Saturday, April 27, 2013
Sacks turns 80 this year. Philosopher Alva Noë asks the question: What makes Sacks' work so important?
Friday, April 12, 2013
Baseball is more than a game to many people. Commentator Alva Noë thought he knew it better than most, until his children started playing Little League. That's when the community that makes up organized youth baseball welcomed him into their fold and opened his eyes to whole new levels of meaning in the game.
Friday, April 05, 2013
There's a lot of coughing in audiences at concerts and plays. Why? Commentator Alva Noe suggests that the answer has something to do with the importance of art.
Friday, March 29, 2013
What does the truth require in journalism? Commentator Alva Noë sides with Lawrence Weschler in saying that journalists miss the mark when they approach their subjects like anthropologists who have nothing at stake in the exchange.
Friday, March 22, 2013
Is "neuroscience care" a new kind of care? A new medical speciality? Or a new kind of marketing? Commentator Alva Noë says: don't believe the hype.
Sunday, March 17, 2013
The anti-pleasure, perfectionist trends so marked in contemporary culture are holding us back from just living in the moment and enjoying ourselves. At least, that's how commentator Alva Noë sees it as he watches TV, and TV commercials, with his sons.