September 29, 2017 Facing unresponsive brain-injury victims is a real-world example of the fact that we are locked out of the minds of others — but new research shows promise in restoring consciousness, says Alva Noë.
City workers drape a tarp over the statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee in Emancipation park in Charlottesville, Va., on Aug. 23.
September 24, 2017 Monuments play a different cultural role than do other kinds of artworks: To let a monument stand, or to take it down, is to take a political stand on its subject matter, says blogger Alva Noë.
September 22, 2017 It is a principle of most modern thought about language that the relation between signs and meanings is arbitrary. But a new study finds a connection between sounds and ink on "paper," says Alva Noë.
September 15, 2017 A new study shows that deep neural networks, DNNs, can determine sexual orientation from facial photos with high accuracy. Blogger Alva Noë examines what this might mean — and the potential pitfalls.
Taxis park along the footpath in Adelaide, Australia. Alva Noe asks: Do taxi apps make people interact less — or better — with their drivers?
September 1, 2017 Musician David Byrne invites us, in an MIT Technology Review essay, to see that we have a choice: We don't need to opt for more isolation. Alva Noë asks: As humans, is more isolation even an option?
August 25, 2017 Pandora's Lab stresses that for science to work, it needs to base claims on data, studies need to be replicable, and scientists must be more attached to science than to their own ideas, says Alva Noë.
In this April 30, 2015, file photo, Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk unveils the company's newest products, in Hawthorne, Calif.
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August 18, 2017 Tesla CEO Elon Musk last week warned that AI is an enormous threat. There can be no doubt that the advent of smart, rather than smart-ish, machines, is a long way off, though, says blogger Alva Noë.
August 11, 2017 Blogger Alva Noë talks with a dog trainer who says the need to give shelters, handlers and adopters the resources required to keep dogs and people supported and safe is critical in the process.
August 4, 2017 Last week, a Wisconsin company offered its employees the option to have a chip inserted into their bodies in an effort to help them navigate the workplace. Alva Noë asks: What's the big deal?
July 28, 2017 Blogger Alva Noë considers the proposition of stats in baseball, reviewing a book by Keith Law that suggests irrational tradition shackles progressive thinking in the sport.
July 14, 2017 In a new study, neither control subjects nor those who used Lumosity games showed improvement beyond getting better at the specific games they were playing, says blogger Alva Noë.
July 7, 2017 Blogger Alva Noë reflects on Richard O. Prum's new book, Darwin's "other" idea, and the connection between the natural world and art.
June 30, 2017 Blogger Alva Noë explores a study on vision finding that the narrow separation of bandwidth sensitivities of long- and medium-wave cones may be the best way for us to discriminate facial hues.