Alva Noë

Blogger, 13.7: Cosmos & Culture

Alva Noë is a contributor to the NPR blog 13.7: Cosmos and Culture. He is writer and a philosopher who works on the nature of mind and human experience.

Noë received his PhD from Harvard in 1995 and is a professor of philosophy at the University of California, Berkeley, where he is also a member of the Institute for Cognitive and Brain Sciences and the Center for New Media. He previously was a Distinguished Professor of Philosophy at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. He has been philosopher-in-residence with The Forsythe Company and has recently begun a performative-lecture collaboration with Deborah Hay. Noë is a 2012 recipient of a Guggenheim fellowship.

He is the author of Action in Perception (MIT Press, 2004); Out of Our Heads (Farrar Straus and Giroux, 2009); and most recently, Varieties of Presence (Harvard University Press, 2012). He is now at work on a book about art and human nature.

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Big Fish Petroglyph by Kevin Sudeith was created in October 2013 in Smelt Brook, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia in Canada. "All the fish on this rock are carved at life size, and most originate in the story of a local fisherman," says Sudeith. Kevin Sudeith/Courtesy of Petroglyphist.com hide caption

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Santiago Ramón y Cajal: Microglia in the grey matter of the cerebral cortex, 1920; Chinese ink and graphite on paper; 69-5/16 x 6 5/32 in. Courtesy and © Santiago Ramón y Cajal, Cajal Legacy, Instituto Cajal (CSIC), Madrid hide caption

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