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Introducing Dr. Alva Noe

Dr. Alva Noe is a philosopher at the University of Berkeley in California. Alva is also a noted author whose research and teaching focus on the philosophy of mind (perception, consciousness) and the philosophy of art. It was ...

Alva Noe’s Philosophical Concepts 1: A Shaky Foundation for Neuroscience

Professor Alva Noe lays out his challenge to those of us seeking an answer to the question, "What is consciousness?" According to Noe, the foundation used by neuroscience today to answer this question is "highly questionable". [The following ...

Alva Noe’s Philosophical Concepts 2: Thanks for Nothing, Descartes!

Why do neuroscientists insist on sticking with a theory of consciousness that is based on an error? I think we can all thank Rene Descartes for leading us into this fine mess! [The following discussion is based on ...

Alva Noe’s Philosophical Concepts 3: Looking Into Your Head!

This post continues the discussion I began in “Alva Noe’s Philosophical Concepts 2.” This discussion has to do with Alva’s chapter titled, “Looking Into the Head.” I do recommend that you read this series of posts in order, ...

Alva Noe’s Philosophical Concepts 4: Neural Plasticity

Here, Professor Noe takes us into a deep dive of something called "neural plasticity." This post continues the discussion I began in “Alva Noe’s Philosophical Concepts 3.” I do recommend that you read this series of posts in ...

Alva Noe’s Philosophical Concepts 5: Perception, “Can I Believe My Lying Eyes?”

Every student of the philosophy of mind must at some point, preferably early on in their studies, come face-to-face with the "Grand Illusion." Professor Noe does a superb job of explaining the illusion to us. This post continues ...

Alva Noe’s Philosophical Concepts 6: Perception, “The Grand Illusion Isn’t Real. Oh, Surprise!”

The following discussion is based on information that can be found fully described in Alva Noe’s book, Out of Our Heads: Why You Are Not Your Brain and Other Lessons from the Biology of Consciousness and Alva Noe’s ...

Alva Noe’s Philosophical Concepts 7: The Door to Perception

PLEASE NOTE: I lied. Sorry. I was sure I could complete Alva Noe’s discussion of the Grand Illusion in one final blog post on the subject, but I know now that this isn’t possible without making this post ...

Alva Noe’s Philosophical Concepts 8: Out of Your Head

The following discussion is based on information that can be found fully described in Alva Noe’s book, Out of Our Heads: Why You Are Not Your Brain and Other Lessons from the Biology of Consciousness and Alva Noe’s ...

Alva Noe’s Philosophical Concepts 9: Virtual Reality, Dreams, and Conclusion

The following discussion is based on information that can be found fully described in Alva Noe’s book, Out of Our Heads: Why You Are Not Your Brain and Other Lessons from the Biology of Consciousness. I urge you ...

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