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Art and Human Nature

New book from Alva Noë. Our lives are structured by organized activities, in the large, in the small. Our lives are one big complex nesting of organized activities at different levels and scales. Talking, walking, eating, perceiving, driving. We are always captured by structures of organization. This is our natural, indeed our biological, condition. It is…

The Zombie Within

Alva Noë’s latest musings. Agency (philosophy)CognitionCognitive neuroscienceCognitive scienceconsciousnessEmbodied cognitionExpertExtended MindJames AtlasNervous systemphilosophical psychologyPhilosophy of mindZombie

Plantinga and Noë on the science vs religion debate

Noë reviews Plantinga’s latest book. from a naturalistic point of view, we have every reason to doubt that our cognitive faculties are reliable. Therefore we can’t seriously believe naturalism. For to believe it would be to have grounds for doubting the reliability of our own inclinations to believe it. Alvin Plantingaand NaturalismChristopher HitchensExistence of GodReligionWhere…

Art and the Limits of Neuroscience

Alva Noë takes the Opinionator slot. What is striking about neuroaesthetics is not so much the fact that it has failed to produce interesting or surprising results about art, but rather the fact that no one — not the scientists, and not the artists and art historians — seem to have minded, or even noticed. What…

New Book by Alva Noë

Here’s a new book to be published early next year by Alva Noë entitled Varieties of Presence. If anyone cares to review it for The Journal of Mind and Behavior, an outlet that has featured some of the best essays in the situated cognition genre, drop me a line. (Offer now closed).