Alva Noë

Alva Noë appears in the following:

Do People Like To Think?

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.


Artificial Intelligence, Really, Is Pseudo-Intelligence

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.


What Is That Guy Doing, Anyway?

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.


Three Cheers For The Instant Replay

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.


What Art, And The Game Telephone, Teach Us About Copying

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.


Why Can't Dutee Run?

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.


Is A Picture Always Worth A Thousand Words?

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.


A Reflection On Random Acts of Kindness

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.


Finding Answers In Our Stories

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.


Why Atheists Need Captain Kirk

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.


Civilization In The Time Of Selfies

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?


In Praise Of Being Bored

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?


An Attempt To Explain The Magic Of The Ballpark

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."


Is Wine-Tasting Junk Science?

Friday, August 08, 2014

Recent studies have given the field a bad rap as of late. Commentator Alva Noë says the problem is not with the idea of connoisseurship but with an underlying picture of how perception works.


A Celebration Of Cheap Thrills At The Whitney

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Commentator Alva Noë takes in the Jeff Koons retrospective at the Whitney and says it's an impressive display of this hyper-successful, visionary artist's work. But that's not all he says.


Jenny Lewis, Live In Concert: Newport Folk 2014

Sunday, July 27, 2014

From spiky rock to country and folk-tinged pop, Jenny Lewis remains one of the smartest songwriters in the business. She performed at the 2014 Newport Folk Festival on Friday, July 25.


Are Works Of Art Relics?

Friday, July 18, 2014

The power of a particular work of art comes from somewhere. Commentator Alva Noë has one idea about its source, while art historian Alexander Nagel has another.


Drug Sentencing Guidelines Reduced For Current Prisoners

Friday, July 18, 2014

More than 46,000 inmates can petition for early release starting next year, unless Congress acts soon.


You Can't Escape Our Ever-Expanding Scope of Knowledge

Friday, June 27, 2014

Is there really a difference between knowing an answer and knowing how to find an answer? Commentator Alva Noë asks this question and shares his answer.


The Turing Test Is Not What You Think It Is

Friday, June 13, 2014

For years the Turing Test has been a gut check for AI researchers. Now, apparently, a computer program imitating a 13-year-old Ukrainian boy has managed to pass the test. What should we make of that?