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You Are Not Your Brain: A [Previously Accessible] Video by Philosopher Alva Noe

Posted Jun 02 2009 4:41pm

Alva Noe , professor of Philosophy at UC Berkeley, visits Google’s San Francisco, CA office to discuss his book, Out of Our Heads: Why You Are Not Your Brain, and Other Lessons from the Biology of Consciousness.  Noe contends that consciousness is not merely the product of billions of neurons firing in our brains, but rather a complex process resulting from our brains constantly interacting with our environment. This event took place on April 16, 2009, as part of the Authors@Google series.  The video is about 54 minutes long , and unfortunately the sound quality isn’t great so you’ll have to turn up the volume.  Noe’s lecture lasts about 30 minutes; the balance is Q&A. 

UPDATE: For some reason the video below was made ‘private’ on YouTube and is no longer accessible. I’ll try to find out why; sorry for the inconvenience.

Here, at least, is a link to an interview Noe did with

And here’s a review of his book by Jonah Lehrer.


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