Our main research projects are carried out through collaborations between two or more Kira members, some more informal and spontaneous, others more structured. An example of the latter is an ongoing collaboration started by Piet Hut and Steven Tainer in 2002, centered on:
Science and Other Ways of Knowing
In addition, the whole Kira core group has held regular focus meetings:
Kira Weekend Workshops
In general, most of our joint research is carried out in small groups, in a series of workshops and other private meetings. Some early results of our research have been reported at the following conferences:
Tucson II Conference '96
where Piet Hut and Roger Shepard gave a plenary presentation on My experience, Your Experience, and the World we Experience: Turning 'The Hard Problem' Upside Down, which they later extended into a longer article: Turning 'The Hard Problem' Upside Down & Sideways.
Mind and Life Conference '97
where Piet Hut and Arthur Zajonc, together with three other physicists, engaged in a five-day long series of discussion with the His Holiness the Dalai Lama. This conference, Mind and Life VI, was organized by Arthur Zajonc.
Tucson III Conference '98
where Piet Hut and Arthur Zajonc each gave a plenary presentation. Piet Hut gave a talk on Exploring Actuality through Experiment and Experience
State of the World Forum '98
where Piet Hut and Arthur Zajonc took part in a roundtable discussion. The session, on The Role of the Subject in Science, was organized by Piet Hut.
Mind and Life Conference, on `Epistemological Questions in Quantum Physics and Eastern Contemplative Sciences' with the Dalai Lama, in Innsbruck, Austria, June, 1998
where Arthur Zajonc participated in the plenary dialogue.
Toward a Science of Consciousness, Tokyo 1999 - Fundamental Approaches
where Piet Hut gave a talk on the Role of the Subject in Science.
World Economic Forum, Davos, Switzerland, 2000,
where Piet Hut had a dinner discussion with Prof. E.O. Wilson from Harvard, titled `Is moral behaviour determined by nature, nurture or God?'
Columbia University's Center for the Study of Science and Religion, New York City, April 2000,
where Piet Hut, Roger Shepard, Steven Tainer and Arthur Zajonc attended a lunch session, followed by discussions the CSSR Director, Prof. Robert Pollack.
Camaldolese Monastery, Big Sur, CA, June-July 2000,
where Steven Tainer gave a talk on Buddhism and Taoism
Workshop on the Known, the Unknown, and the Unknowable in New York City, October 2000, sponsored by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation,
where Piet Hut gave a talk on Gravitational Thermodynamics.
Yale University, New Haven, CT, October 2000,
where Roger Shepard gave the Hovland Lecture in Psychology, on `The Cognitive Grounds of Science and Ethics'
General Theological Seminary in New York City, December 2000,
where Piet Hut gave a talk on `One Reality, in the Light of Science and Other Ways of Knowing'.
The Husserl Circle in Bloomington, IN, February 2001
where Piet Hut gave a talk on The Role of Husserl's Epoche for Science.
Teachers College, Columbia University, in New York City, March 2001,
where Arthur Zajonc co-organized a 3-day research symposium on `The Challenge of Technology for Spiritually-based Higher Education'.
Nailsworth Festival in Stroud, England, April 2001
where Arthur Zajonc gave a talk on `Technology and Spirituality'.
Science and the Spiritual Quest, in Paris, May 2001
where Piet Hut gave a talk on In Search of Stepping Stones.
Santa Fe Institute, Santa Fe, NM, May 2001,
where Roger Shepard participated, as a member of the Science Board of the Santa Fe Institute, in the annual SFI Science Symposium.
The Flux Foundation, in Oslo, Norway, May 2001
where Arthur Zajonc gave a talk on `Phenomenology of Consciousness'.
Yale Graduate School Alumni Association, New Haven, CT, May 2001,
where Roger Shepard received the Wilbur Lucius Cross Medal.
Beyond the Brain IV, in Ripon University, England, August 2001
where Arthur Zajonc gave a talk on `Phenomena as Theory: Goethe, Steiner and the Encounter with Consciousness'.
Tribal Link Foundation, New York, September 2001,
where Piet Hut gave a talk on `Beholding the Eye of the Beholder; The Subject in Objective Science'.
Philosophy Department and Physics Department at Seattle University,
where Piet Hut gave the inaugural lecture for a colloquium on Science and Philosophy, titled `Six ways to view the world: Looking through Windows from Science, Phenomenology, and Non-Duality'.
Harvard University's Center for the Study of World Religions in Cambridge, MA, February 2002
where Arthur Zajonc gave a talk on `Light in Scientific and Religious Imagination'.
The Center for Theology and the Natural Sciences, Berkeley, CA, May 2002,
where Steven Tainer gave a talk on `Investigating No Mind--The Future of Orthogonal Approaches' at the Graduate Theological Union, as part of the conference on "Wisdom, Compassion, and Consciousness: Buddhist Practice and Cognitive Science."
Mind and Life Conference, on `The Nature of Matter, The Nature of Life' with the Dalai Lama, in Dharamsala, India, October, 2002
where Arthur Zajonc gave a talk on `The Sciences of Complexity'.
The Centre for Subjectivity Research, in Copenhagen, Denmark, was opened in 2002, sponsored by the Danish National Research Foundation,
where Piet Hut is a Member of the Board of Advisors.
M.I.T.'s School of Architecture and Planning, Cambridge, MA, October, 2002,
where Arthur Zajonc gave a talk on `Falling Light: a History of Light, Space, and Human Perception'.