Philosophy Talk LIVE: Dance as a Way of Knowing, with Alva Noë

Stanford University philosophers John Perry and Ken Taylor, hosts of Philosophy Talk, the Bay Area's favorite philosophy radio show, will be taping two live programs at The Marsh in downtown Berkeley. Our meetup will be for the 3:00 p.m. show with UC Berkeley philosophy professor Alva Noë on Dance as a Way of Knowing:

  • Whether it be rhythmic or shuffling, athletic or pedestrian, erotic or just social, dance is an art form that utilizes movement of the body through space. Could the aesthetic experience of being physically present and embodied in the world be considered a way of knowing? Is there something in particular we can come to know by watching or performing dance? And are there broader lessons that dance can teach us about human perception and action? John and Ken hit the floor with Alva Noe from UC Berkeley, author of Out of Our Heads: Why You Are Not Your Brain and Other Lessons from the Biology of Consciousness.

We will have a separate meetup on the Wednesday evening before to discuss this topic.  Sign up here:

You will need to buy your own tickets for this show by phone or in person at the Marsh, or online.
Members of Berkeley Philosophy Reading Group get a 50% discount! When buying online, when you get to the Discounts page, click on "Marsh Special" and enter the discount promocode "ptfan".

Our group can also meet up after the show at one of many nearby cafés.

There will be a separate show at The Marsh at 12 noon with guest David Magnus,Director of the Stanford Center for Biomedical Ethics, on "Bioethics: Myths and Realities".  This show requires a separate ticket.

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  • Peter

    Nice to see some members I hadn't seen in a while -- but I don't know if everyone who RSVP'd showed up, because I haven't met a lot of you before. It was good to hear the guest and one of the hosts thrashing out their disagreements (something that I wanted to hear after we discussed the guest's book a few days earlier), although the format of the show is rather restrictive.

    Member Chris Wu, who wanted to come to this but was ill, referred me to this sociology colloquium by Maxine Craig at UC Berkeley next Monday, Feb. 4, at 2 p.m.:
    "Sorry I Don't Dance: Why Men Refuse to Move"
    Although it seems a bit of a stretch, the blurb does include some philosophical language:
    "examines men living or solving the mind/body problem as dancers, reluctant dancers, or sitters-out."

    1 · January 30, 2013

  • Ariella

    Nice to see everyone again, and great show! Interesting to see it being recorded.

    January 29, 2013

  • Jeff G

    Interesting to see the show not just hear it. Couple of us got to ask questions. Watching professional philosophers grapple with embodiment was quite revealing of the challenges in bringing people to understand it. We met him, then had a great talk over dinner.

    January 27, 2013

    • Jeff G

      Very curious to see how they edit the program: who will they try to make look good?

      January 28, 2013

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    January 28, 2013

  • Maureen

    Well aranged, good advance discussion. The session itself was a little unfocused and not the best I have seen. More of a problem with the subject matter than the Meetup!

    January 27, 2013

  • Peter

    I've scheduled the pre-event discussion of Alva Noë's work for Wednesday evening, January 23.
    I realize that this is a time that some of you cannot make, but it was impossible to find a time that would work for everyone who responded.

    January 15, 2013

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