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SECRET SCIENCE CLUB: TECH + ART + BRAINS = ? COGNITIVE PHILOSOPHER ALVA NOË ON STRANGE TOOLS: ART AND HUMAN NATURE
Oct 13, 2015 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm| Free
Chimps and a few other animals can use simple tools. When given a brush, elephants and even pigs have been known to paint on occasion. But only humans use tools as if they were born with them, and only humans are obsessed with making and experiencing art—from Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa to Banksy’s wall rats, from Shakespeare’s Macbeth to HBO’s Game of Thrones. In his new book, Strange Tools: Art and Human Nature, cognitive philosopher Alva Noë asks: What is art? Why do we make it? Why does it matter to us? What does it tell us about human nature, biology, the brain, and consciousness?
Alva Noë is a professor of philosophy at the University of California, Berkeley, and member of the Institute of Cognitive and Brain Sciences. He writes for NPR’s 13.7 Cosmos & Culture blog, and his previous books include Out of Our Heads: Why You Are Not Your Brain, and Other Lessons from the Biology of Consciousness and Action in Perception.