Alva Noë

Alva Noë appears in the following:

So, You Think You Can Dance?

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.


Is It Fair For Baseball To Reject Drugs But Embrace Surgery?

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.


Baseball's Great Equalizer: The Knuckleball

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.


Keeping Score: How To Understand Baseball

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.


Sometimes Less Is More: Reflections On X-Ray Vision

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.


A Video Illusion For A Summer Day

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.


The Mind Is An Open Book

Friday, June 21, 2013

The recent controversy about government surveillance intersects in surprising ways with big questions at the heart of philosophy, cognitive science and computer science. Alva Noë says privacy is a big problem in the age of Big Data.


Where Did We Go Wrong?

Friday, June 14, 2013

We face a paradox: Although we lack sufficient reason to believe in the consciousness of others, it would be plainly unreasonable for us to give up this commitment.


Seeing Indifference To Art And Science At The 2013 Biennale

Friday, June 07, 2013

Commentator Alva Noë enters the Encyclopedic Palace at this year's Venice Biennale and finds it short on art, ideas and engagement. What was the curator thinking? But it's not all bad news. The Biennale is sprawling and there is much to enjoy, if you know where to look


An Object Of Contention At The Venice Biennale

Friday, May 31, 2013

Commentator Alva Noë is taken by the work of Tino Sehgal at the 2013 Venice Art Biennale. It's hard to explain, but in the end he concludes that we do not stand apart from art. We are engaged with art in ways that we don't always expect.


Who Defines Who We Are?

Friday, May 24, 2013

To understand the origin of traits, you need, in effect, to look at how we think and feel about the traits we have. What we are is fixed, in part, by us. That was one of the thoughts prompted by commentator Alva Noë's arrival in Istanbul this week.


The Mutable Meanings Of Music

Friday, May 17, 2013

Songs, like all art, can take on a life of their own once they are thrust into the public domain. Their meanings can shift substantially, something commentator Alva Noë experienced recently during a school music recital.


A Fresh Answer To Vermeer's Mystery

Friday, May 10, 2013

The work of the Dutch master Johannes Vermeer has long puzzled the art world. Some of his pieces just don't quite fit. They're a little off. What gives? Author Benjamin Binstock has an idea, an idea that commentator Alva Noë finds appealing.


Is Massively Open Online Education A Threat Or A Blessing?

Friday, May 03, 2013

Faculty at San Jose State University are rebelling against pressure from their own administration to integrate MOOCs — massively open online courses — into their teaching. Across the country the issue is being debated on campuses and in state houses. Commentator Alva Noë's dips his toe into the conversation.


Oliver Sacks: An Appreciation

Saturday, April 27, 2013

Sacks turns 80 this year. Philosopher Alva Noë asks the question: What makes Sacks' work so important?


For The Love Of The Game: Play Ball!

Friday, April 12, 2013

Baseball is more than a game to many people. Commentator Alva Noë thought he knew it better than most, until his children started playing Little League. That's when the community that makes up organized youth baseball welcomed him into their fold and opened his eyes to whole new levels of meaning in the game.


Coughing And The Meaning Of Art

Friday, April 05, 2013

There's a lot of coughing in audiences at concerts and plays. Why? Commentator Alva Noe suggests that the answer has something to do with the importance of art.


On Making It Up In The Media

Friday, March 29, 2013

What does the truth require in journalism? Commentator Alva Noë sides with Lawrence Weschler in saying that journalists miss the mark when they approach their subjects like anthropologists who have nothing at stake in the exchange.


What's Behind The Invention Of 'Neuroscience Care'?

Friday, March 22, 2013

Is "neuroscience care" a new kind of care? A new medical speciality? Or a new kind of marketing? Commentator Alva Noë says: don't believe the hype.


The New Perfectionism: Why Can't We Just Be Ourselves?

Sunday, March 17, 2013

The anti-pleasure, perfectionist trends so marked in contemporary culture are holding us back from just living in the moment and enjoying ourselves. At least, that's how commentator Alva Noë sees it as he watches TV, and TV commercials, with his sons.