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  1. Piet Hut, In Search of Stepping Stones.
    Exploring the unknown is a task that scientists and mystics alike have set themselves, although starting off in rather different directions. At first, these tasks were seen to be sufficiently different, so that they did not crowd each other. But by now scientific insight has grown to such an extent that there seems to be less and less room for mystic explorations. Simply said: there seems to be little left of an unknown to jump into, in order to find a (...)
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  2. Piet Hut, Life as a Laboratory.
    What can be the stage for a dialogue between Buddhism and Science? Calling Buddhism a religion is not a very accurate description, and the very notion that science might produce a world view is not correct, since there is still so much that is left out from a scientific description. At this point, it might be more prudent to start talking about mutual respect and inspiration between science and Buddhism, with an eye toward future more detailed discussions. One way of (...)
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  3. Piet Hut, Unity and Responsibility.
    Is it really true that there is an underlying unity, that we and our worlds are all part of a single web of existence, a web which allows a myriad relative differences while retaining the same absolute oneness? If not, how so — where can we find the absolute differences which preclude an underlying unity? But if it is true, what is the meaning of this oneness — and what can we do with it?
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  4. Piet Hut, Virtual Laboratories and Virtual Worlds.
    Since we cannot put stars in a laboratory, astrophysicists had to wait till the invention of computers before becoming laboratory scientists. For half a century now, we have been conducting experiments in our virtual laboratories. However, we ourselves have remained behind the keyboard, with the screen of the monitor separating us from the world we are simulating. Recently, 3D on-line technology, developed first for games but now deployed in virtual worlds like Second Life, is beginning to make it possible (...)
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  5. Piet Hut, Mark Alford & Max Tegmark (2006). On Math, Matter and Mind. Foundations of Physics 36 (6):765-794.
    We discuss the nature of reality in the ontological context of Penrose’s math-matter-mind triangle. The triangle suggests the circularity of the widespread view that math arises from the mind, the mind arises out of matter, and that matter can be explained in terms of math. Non-physicists should be wary of any claim that modern physics leads us to any particular resolution of this circularity, since even the sample of three theoretical physicists writing this paper hold three divergent views. Some physicists (...)
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  6. Piet Hut (2002). Book Review: By Gerald J. Sussman and Jack Wisdom, with Meinhard E. Mayer. The MIT Press, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 2001, Xvii+ 534 Pp., $60.00 (Hardcover). ISBN 0-262-019455-4. [REVIEW] Foundations of Physics 32 (2):323-326.
  7. Piet Hut (2002). Book Review: Structure and Interpretation of Classical Mechanics. By Gerald J. Sussman and Jack Wisdom, with Meinhard E. Mayer. The MIT Press, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 2001, Xvii+534 Pp., $60.00 (Hardcover). ISBN 0-262-019455-4. [REVIEW] Foundations of Physics 32 (2):323-326.
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  8. Piet Hut (1999). Exploring Actuality Through Experiment and Experience. In Stuart R. Hameroff, Alfred W. Kaszniak & David J. Chalmers (eds.), Toward a Science of Consciousness III. MIT Press 391--405.
  9. Piet Hut (1999). Theory and Experiment in Philosophy. Journal of Consciousness Studies 6 (2-3):2-3.
    When I got my first camera, I noticed something very interesting. After an intensive period of picture taking, the streets of my familiar small town had somehow landed in a different world. I saw everything in a different light. More accurately, I saw the world as light, rather than as matter. My attention had shifted, first rather innocently from seeing a lit-up building to seeing a lit-up building. Then the shift deepened, from seeing a building that was lit-up by the (...)
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  10. Piet Hut, David Ruelle & Joseph Traub (1998). Varieties of Limits to Scientific Knowledge. Complexity 3 (6):33-38.
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  11. Piet Hut (1997). Gravitational Thermodynamics. Complexity 3 (1):38-45.
  12. Piet Hut & Bas van Fraassen (1997). Elements of Reality: A Dialogue. Journal of Consciousness Studies 4 (2):167.
    When we start with a scientific view of the world, we are at a loss when we try to deal with notions such as value, beauty, or meaning -- or more down to earth: anger, fear, joy, colour, smell, and other ‘secondary’ qualities whose putative reduction seems today as difficult as ever. Do these qualities then have to be put in by hand, so to speak? Or could it mean that the scientific view itself fails to capture aspects of reality (...)
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  13. Piet Hut & Roger N. Shepard (1996). Turning the "Hard Problem" Upside-Down and Sideways. Journal of Consciousness Studies 3 (4):313-29.
    Instead of speaking of conscious experience as arising in a brain, we prefer to speak of a brain as arising in conscious experience. From an epistemological standpoint, starting from direct experiences strikes us as more justified. As a first option, we reconsider the ‘hard problem’ of the relation between conscious experience and the physical world by thus turning that problem upside down. We also consider a second option: turning the hard problem sideways. Rather than starting with the third-person approach used (...)
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