Books Alva Noe Books by Alva Noe Alva Noe has written books about: Nonfiction History & Society Science & Health Art & Design Facebook Twitter Google+ Email NPR stories about Alva Noe A visitor takes in the life size replica of Grotte Chauvet near Bollene in southern France in March 2015. Claude Paris/AP hide caption toggle caption Claude Paris/AP Opinion 13.7: Cosmos And Culture Art, Humans And Their 'Strange Tools' March 19, 2016 In 13.7 blogger Alva Noë's latest book, he shows that in art, it's our most intimate, lived experience and us as individual world-builders that comes into view, says commentator Adam Frank. Matt Rourke/AP Opinion 13.7: Cosmos And Culture Is It Bad If Art Is Boring? December 11, 2015 Works of art, in all their variety, afford us the opportunity for boredom — and they do so when everything in our lives mitigates against boredom, says Alva Noë. Maybe this is one of art's gifts. It's looking at you. But is it conscious? How do we know? iStockphoto.com hide caption toggle caption iStockphoto.com Opinion 13.7: Cosmos And Culture Where Did We Go Wrong? 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. Do we really understand what's happening here? Ian Waldie/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Ian Waldie/Getty Images Opinion 13.7: Cosmos And Culture Are The Mind And Life Natural? October 12, 2012 Can natural science find a place for us in its vision of the cosmos? Thomas Nagel, in a new book, demands we take this question seriously. He is right to do so.