Part of the series “Chasing Consciousness: From Cells to Societies, Neuroscience to Machine Awareness”

Speaker: Piet Hut (Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton)

Moderated by: Barnaby Marsh (Harvard University/Institute for Advanced Study)

The original foundation for the success of science is its method of objective empirical research. Everything in the world tends to be treated as objects that are independently given, whether studied by different subjects or using diverse interactions. Quantum mechanics has taught us that objects and interactions, quite surprisingly, cannot neatly be separated. Whether in turn subjects are more than intelligent objects, and in how far they can be meaningfully separated from objects, are open questions. Join Piet Hut, Professor of Astrophysics and Head of the Program in Interdisciplinary Studies at the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, as he explores these questions by contrasting philosophical reasoning from Kant to Husserl with scientific notions of emergence.

Friday, November 11, 5 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Art Lounge of the Rubin Museum of Art

Transcript of the dialogue →
Video recording available here →

Photo credit: Luis Tsukayama Cisneros