Alva Noë

Alva Noë appears in the following:

Can We Shrink Our Blind Spots?

Friday, September 04, 2015

There's irony in the idea that we all have a blind spot that doesn't actually cause us to experience blindness — but, still, there may be implications of a new study on the topic, says Alva Noë.


Oliver Sacks: An Appreciation

Monday, August 31, 2015

Alva Noë wrote about the renowned neurologist, who died Sunday, on the occasion of his 80th birthday in 2013, saying he was a physician who understood that a person is more than a human being.


Is Having A Kid So Terrible?

Friday, August 21, 2015

A new study suggests becoming a parent can have a dramatically negative effect on people. Alva Noë says it shouldn't surprise us that something so bound up with life and death is truly challenging.


Finding The True Philosophical Discussion In 'Irrational Man'

Friday, August 14, 2015

Woody Allen's new film engages in philosophical conversation, in arguments and justifications for actions, though not much reasoning is seen in individual characters, says philosopher Alva Noë.


A New Way To Look At Emotions

Friday, August 07, 2015

In her research, scientist Lisa Feldman Barrett concludes that emotions are not distinct entities inside us. Philosopher Alva Noë weighs in.


A Social Media Rumor That Nearly Broke Some Hearts

Friday, July 31, 2015

This week, a flurry of talk on Twitter and other social media led Mets infielder Wilmer Flores to break down in tears on the field; Alva Noë suggests we let it be a cautionary tale.


The Art Of Knowing What You're Looking For

Saturday, July 25, 2015

What makes hitting in baseball possible is our participation together in an ongoing game or play or, better, a relationship, says commentator Alva Noë.


Our Robot Servants

Friday, July 17, 2015

If robots pose a danger, it's because, like cars, cranes and jackhammers, they're heavy machinery operating outside the performance specifications of flesh and blood human beings, says Alva Noë.


The Awkward Synthesis That Is 'Inside Out'

Sunday, July 05, 2015

There is something downright terrifying about the new Pixar movie's nihilistic conception of ourselves as zombie puppets living in a confabulated universe, says commentator Alva Noë.


How Trauma Shapes The World We Know

Friday, June 26, 2015

Commentator Alva Noë takes a look at a new study showing that PTSD sufferers experience the presence of real threats the rest of us cannot see.


Should We Trust Science?

Friday, June 12, 2015

Philosopher Alva Noë considers the significance of recent scandals that have rocked the world of science — and what they mean for us.


An Intersection Of Science And Art In Rembrandt's 'Anatomy Lesson'

Friday, May 29, 2015

The artist's painting of a medical school demonstration is more than just a picture; it is an occasion for thinking about the ways sight and thought, art and science, need each other, says Alva Noë.


Peering Into Rembrandt's Eyes

Friday, May 22, 2015

Commentator Alva Noë weighs in on the Late Rembrandt exhibit at the Rijksmuseum — and what he took away from some of the artist's portraits.


Silencing Science

Friday, May 08, 2015

Whatever your view of the morality of scientific work on primates, is it chilling that a leading figure in cognitive and perceptual neuroscience is ending his work, says commentator Alva Noë.


What Else Might We Term 'God'?

Friday, May 01, 2015

In 13.7 last week, guest blogger Nancy Ellen Abrams suggested we rethink the definition of "God." Commentator Alva Noë responds this week, questioning how this would work — and what we would gain.


Reflections On The 'Boys' Of Summer

Friday, April 17, 2015

The new baseball season is underway, and commentator Alva Noë, a first-time Little League coach, is struck by what Little League and the professional game share in common.


The Power Of The Screen

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Commentator Alva Noë reflects on the draw of technology in society, culture and today's homes.


Why Does The War On Drugs Persist?

Friday, April 03, 2015

In his new book, Chasing the Scream, Johann Hari hasn't quite found the answer, says commentator Alva Noë. But he does succeed in reminding us that there's nothing inevitable about what's next.


The Fight Against Addiction: Is Love All You Need?

Friday, March 27, 2015

Many addicts opt for self-medication over encounter — they turn inward and shut out the world, says commentator Alva Noë, as he ponders a new book on addiction by Johann Hari.


Who Was Mr. Spock?

Sunday, March 08, 2015

The passing of actor Leonard Nimoy gives us an occasion to think again about the character of Mr. Spock himself. Commentator Alva Noë reflects.