Alva Noë appears in the following:
Friday, April 04, 2014
In RoboCop, a character named Dreyfus is at odds with one named Dennett. In real life, Dennett is one of AIs great champions, and Dreyfus one of its most trenchant critics.
Tuesday, March 18, 2014
Life, in all its forms, is amazing. Neil deGrasse Tyson captures some of this wonder in the latest episode of Cosmos. But commentator Alva Noë says he also seemed to avoid the biggest question of all.
Saturday, March 15, 2014
The jury is still out of brain-fitness programs. And this shouldn't surprise us. Getting our heads in shape isn't likely to be easier than getting our bodies fit, says Alva Noë.
Friday, March 07, 2014
A new book by Scott Weems on humor and human nature raises fascinating questions about why we laugh. Commentator Alva Noë cracks up easily and asks for help collecting some more jokes.
Friday, February 28, 2014
Could it be that we are living in a giant, convincing simulation? If so, we've got a lot to be mad about, says commentator Alva Noë.
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.