Alva Noë

Alva Noë appears in the following:

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.


Evolution And Airplane Security

Friday, March 06, 2015

In recent years, airplane service carts have found a new role in security. It's a striking example of the sort of co-adaptation that is often at work in natural biological evolution, says Alva Noë.


Taking A Good Look At Touch

Friday, February 20, 2015

David J. Linden's new book on touch brings into focus all the things we still don't understand about the neural basis of this sense, says commentator Alva Noë.


Getting Caught Up In Telling Stories

Friday, February 06, 2015

The revelation that NBC's Brian Williams lied about his experiences as a reporter in Iraq shouldn't shock us, says commentator Alva Noë. Williams was just doing what he's paid to do — entertain us.


A Case Against The Phrase 'No Problem'

Sunday, February 01, 2015

Commentator Alva Noë says "no problem" is the wrong way to reply to an expression of thanks — for the simple reason that saying "thank you" isn't, or shouldn't be, a veiled way of making an apology.


The Ethics Of The 'Singularity'

Friday, January 23, 2015

When machines, smarter than us, make machines smarter than them, futurists argue, the 'singularity' will have arrived. Commentator Alva Noë, a skeptic, wonders about imparting values — and control.


Making A Brain Map That We Can Use

Friday, January 16, 2015

Commentator Alva Noë examines whether the quest to model the brain at the level of the individual neuron — the connectome project — is looking for understanding in the wrong place.


The Biased Eye

Friday, January 09, 2015

Recent events give us occasion to think about racial stereotypes and the way they may bias even the unprejudiced mind. Alva Noë points to studies showing certain associations may work unconsciously.


In Search Of A Science Of Consciousness

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Philosopher Alva Noë explores ideas in a new book that suggests consciousness and self is best looked at by combining insight from Western science, Indian philosophy and contemplative practices.


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.