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27. Alva Noë (Philosopher) – The Upside of Boredom

"Art, by letting us get bored, reveals something to us about what we’ve been doing to avoid boredom.” – Alva Noë

Why are we so afraid to slow down and think? Is it possible, in any sense, to separate reason and emotion? Is there such a thing as "too far out" in physics?

On this week's episode, philosopher Alva Noë, author of "Strange Tools: Art and Human Nature" and host Jason Gots hear surprise clips from a physicist, a Wall Street "quant", and magician Penn Jillette. The far-ranging conversation that ensues digs deep into the nature of art, religion, and thought itself.

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