Lecture and notes on Part I of Whitehead’s “Process & Reality”

This Fall at CIIS.edu, I'm teaching an online advanced seminar on Whitehead's magnum opus, Process & Reality. I likely won't share all my course lectures publicly, but here are my reflections on Part I of Process & Reality, "The Speculative Scheme." Note that I discuss Richard Rorty's conference presentation during a symposium on Whitehead at Stanford [...]

Theology of Nature Templeton research proposal, shelved : (

Several weeks ago, I submitted a proposal for a Templeton Foundation research fellowship called "God and the Book of Nature: Science-engaged Theology of Nature." I just heard back from the review committee that my proposal was not selected. : ( Oh well. I thought I'd share my cover letter and shelved (for now) research proposal. [...]

Burning Man and the Seeds of a New Story

Mission at Tenth special supplement Vol. 7, 274-279 (2018) “Carnival of Consciousness: Practice as Research in Black Rock City” A Submission by Matthew T. Segall, PhD “Burning Man and the Seeds of a New Story” “We are lived by powers we pretend to understand.” –W. H. Auden, Another Time (1940) As religious scholar Lee Gilmore argues [...]

Whitehead and Marx: A Cosmopolitical Approach to Ecological Civilization

Below is a recording of my talk (a video first, then audio only that includes the discussion afterwards). I've also included an extended draft of some notes I took to prepare my talk. Finally, I've included my notes taken while listening to Jason Moore during yesterday's opening lecture. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dESDLeNA84Q https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i32-vWJJSIk& Fifth annual conference of the [...]

A Process Theological Invitation

Below, I’m sharing my response to a student in my course this semester. I cannot thank you enough for sharing your childhood experiences of religion with us. Know that you are certainly not alone in having been so mistreated and shamed by repressive patriarchal dogmatism. I am so glad you were able to find your [...]

Physics and Freedom

"Scientists, animated by the purpose of proving they are purposeless, constitute an interesting subject for study." -Alfred North Whitehead, The Function of Reason I'm a frequent reader of the theoretical physicist Sabine Hossenfelder's blog Backreaction. She has helped me better understand many difficult concepts in contemporary theoretical physics. I've benefited in particular from the times she has weighed in on [...]