Join philosopher and cognitive scientist Alva Noë for a conversation about Strange Tools: Art and Human Nature, which examines the notion of art, and our most basic instinct to create and consume it. Joining Alva in conversation will be New Yorker staff writer and critic, Lawrence Wescheler, who writes of Strange Tools: “every page seems to open onto fresh vantages, crisp aperçus evocative of how art endlessly affords us all new ways not just of seeing, but of being.”
ALVA NOË is a professor of philosophy at the University of California, Berkeley, where he also serves as a member of the Institute for Cognitive and Brain Sciences. A graduate of Columbia University, he holds a B.Phil. from the University of Oxford and a Ph.D. from Harvard University. Noë is the recipient of a 2012 Guggenheim fellowship and is a weekly contributor to NPR’s science blog 13.7: Cosmos & Culture. Visit his website at www.alvanoe.com
Lawrence Weschler is director emeritus of the New York Institute for the Humanities at New York University. He has been a staff writer at The New Yorker and is a contributing editor to McSweeney's and the Threepenny Review. He is the author of numerous books, including Mr. Wilson's Cabinet of Wonder, which was shortlisted for the Pulitzer Prize and National Book Critics Circle Award.