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Oct 1, 2015
Alva Noe
Using Art As a Gateway to Human Nature
Thursday, October 1, 2015, 7:30PM
The Forum

Alva Noe

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How do people experience art? How does art affect the way people understand the rest of the world? Philosopher Alva Noe (Out of Our Heads, Varieties of Presence) says–despite what most people think–art isn’t solely a freewheeling entity, but one based on human biology and neuroscience. In Strange Tools he outlines why, in addition to being visually pleasing, art “is a practice for bringing our organization into view.” He’ll share the ways art is connected to philosophy and rooted in the brain–from criticism and our basic thought processes, to the reasoning behind individual perception. He’ll also explain why art is a “strange tool”–and why we shouldn’t live without it.
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Presented by: Town Hall and Elliott Bay Book Company, as part of the Arts & Culture series.


Series supported by:

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