See Me If You Can! Art and the Limits of Neuroscience
Alva Noë is a writer and a philosopher living in Berkeley and New York who works on the nature of mind and human experience. 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).
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 is the philosopher-in-residence with The Forsythe Company, a dance company based in Germany. Noë is a 2012 recipient of a Guggenheim fellowship, and is a weekly contributor to National Public Radio’s science blog 13.7: Cosmos and Culture.
Abstract: This talk will examine the questions: What is art? Why does art matter to us? What does art teach us about ourselves? Why it is that neuroscience has proved unable to help us find answers?
This Provost’s Lecture will be held on Monday, April 7, at 4 pm in The Humanities Institute, Room 1006.