Alva Noë appears in the following:
Sunday, February 23, 2014
Sometimes a fake cigarette is real. Commentator Alva Noë on why the debate over banning electronic cigarettes turns more on the use of symbols than it does on the facts.
Saturday, February 15, 2014
A boy plays with a dog. A snail snuggles up in its home. What is love? Commentator Alva Noë says it's an irreducible idea that finds expression in all sorts of unexpected places.
Friday, January 31, 2014
Can you choose to be a fan? Not really. Not if you're honest with yourself. As the philosopher David Papineau notes, choosing a team isn't like choosing a washing machine. With the Super Bowl looming, and his family taking sides, commentator Alva Noë tries to define what it means to be support a team.
Friday, January 24, 2014
The Oxford English Dictionary is at work on a monumental third edition. Why? We didn't have the OED before the 1850s. Is it so unthinkable that we should do without it going forward? What are dictionaries for, anyway? Alva Noë wonders.
Sunday, January 12, 2014
Commentator and philosopher Alva Noë responds to the claim that we only ever know the world as it was, not as it is. It's all a matter of perception and interaction.
Saturday, December 21, 2013
The case of Thamsanqa Jantjie, the "fake" sign-language interpreter at the Mandela memorial, raises lots of interesting questions, says commentator Alva Noë, including some about our perception of language.
Friday, December 13, 2013
Recent work shows there may be differences in the brains of men and women. But what does this tell us about differences between men and women? Not much, according to philosopher Alva Noë.
Friday, December 06, 2013
Last week commentator Alva Noë drew readers' ire by suggesting that there is a conflict between science and both religion and common sense. He takes another stab at the matter here.
Friday, November 01, 2013
Numbers tell a story. Would you believe that you're less likely to get the story right the smarter you are? Sometimes that's the case and commentator Alva Noë sees this finding as an argument in favor of an education system that trains our children to be good thinkers, not just good calculators.
Saturday, September 07, 2013
Anri Sala's installation at the Venice Biennale explores music, the body, technology, gender and the making of art. Alva Noë says the three-part work is a delightful puzzle, with all the pieces coming together in the end to envelop the audience in a story that is bigger than the sum of its parts.
Saturday, August 31, 2013
Robert Irwin's current showing at the Whitney Museum of American Art is astonishing. But why? Alva Noë gives it a good look over and finds that the work is nothing and everything at once.
Sunday, August 25, 2013
We listen to music. But is music a distinctively auditory phenomenon? Recent work in psychology suggests that we experience music as much by seeing it as by hearing it. This shouldn't surprise us, writes philosopher Alva Noë. Music isn't sound; it's action.
Friday, August 16, 2013
Google's announcement that users of Gmail have no "legitimate expectation" that their emails will be kept private is only the latest example of the erosion of personal privacy. This leads commentator Alva Noë to ask: if privacy is so important to people, why do we do so little to secure it?
Friday, August 09, 2013
Theo Jansen's art raises questions about the nature of life and life's limits. His creations walk along with the wind and navigate the shores of the sea. They are made of PVC piping. No one could seriously think these beach beasts are alive. Right?
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.