Alva Noë is the author of the new book Strange Tools: Art and Human Nature. Alva works on the nature of mind and human experience. What is art? Why does it matter to us? What does art reveal about our nature? Drawing on philosophy, art history, and cognitive science, and making provocative use of examples from all three of these fields, Alva offers new answers to such questions. He also shows why recent efforts to frame questions about art in terms of neuroscience and evolutionary biology alone have been, and will continue to be, unsuccessful.