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What Scientists and Philosophers Get Wrong about Art

Whether it's bacteria or consciousness itself, science and philosophy examine a specific object that stands apart from the observer. Art is more collaborative, says Alva Noë. It changes us as we change it.

The One Divide Between Porn and Art that Can Never Be Overcome

Can pornography be art? No, argues Alva Noë, because porn is an instrument with a certain function in mind (sexual arousal) and works of art are not instruments.

Don't Fret, You Are More Adaptable Than You Think

There is nothing qualitatively different about the way the internet is changing our human experience now than the way the invention of writing did some thousands of years ago. 

We Extended Beings Need to Break Free from 17th Century Thinking

Alva Noë: Too many cognitive scientists tend to take a 17th century conception of the person as an individual island trapped inside his or her head and we need to break free of that. 

Toward a Neuroscience of Consciousness

Alva Noë: I'm very optimistic that we can make breakthroughs precisely by trying to take steps in the direction of a more integrated, contextualized neuroscience of consciousness.  

Now is a Great Time to be Studying Human Nature

I'm very optimistic that we can make breakthroughs precisely by trying to take steps in the direction of a more integrated, contextualized neuroscience of consciousness.

The Google-ization of Our Minds is Just Part of Evolution

There is nothing qualitatively different about the way the Internet is changing our human experience now than the way the invention of writing did some thousands of years ago.

You Are Not Your Brain

We've been looking for consciousness in all the wrong places.

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