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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…

Uploading the mind

Yet another article on techno-ebullience. Alva NoëArtificial intelligenceBuddhismCognitionCognitive neuroscienceCognitive sciencecomplexityconsciousnessDavid ChalmersDerek ParfitDescartesdistributed cognitionExtended Mindphilosophical psychologyPhilosophy of mindRay KurzweilSingularityStephen Hawking

In Search Of A Science Of Consciousness

Alva Noë discusses Evan Thompson’s Waking, Dreaming, Being: Self and consciousness in neuroscience, meditation, and philosophy. Alva NoëbeingBuddhismCognitionCognitive neuroscienceconsciousnessdistributed cognitiondistributed knowledgeEmbodied cognitionEvan ThompsonExtended MindExternalismmeditationneurophenomenologyNeurophilosophyneurosciencephilosophical psychologyPhilosophy of mindsituated cognitionthe self

Brain Scans Don’t Catch The Brain In Action

Alva Noë in Cosmos And Culture Not so fast. A functional brain image such as those produced by PET and fMRI no more captures the brain in action than a graph illustrating the percentage of the population who go to church on Sunday captures the people in the act of worship. Brain scan images are graphical…