The Rheomode Series, a YouTube playlist

I'll be spending more time at the South Yuba River for the remainder of the summer. I'll be recording more videos thinking with rocks, water, air, and fire. I'll keep adding them to this playlist below. https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL29llNJMc6MGrLu2duMuyS6PFT5L3aMFx "What you thought was dead and inanimate betrays a secret life and silent, inexorable intent. You have got [...]

Integral Entheogens (Ep. 5) – Molecular Alchemy and the Evolution of Spirit

https://youtu.be/qLEiaC0Ayms Thanks to Bruce Alderman and The Integral Stage for putting this together! In Episode 5, Matthew Segall discusses how entheogens or "ecodelics" have impacted him personally and philosophically, inspiring some of his deepest ontological insights and courses of inquiry -- particularly in the areas of panpsychism, deep or integral pluralism, and process thought. He [...]

The Place of Psychedelic Chemistry/Alchemical Consciousness in Philosophy

https://youtu.be/R3SWnrNLDVM Transcript: I wanted to see if you guys might help me think through Aldous Huxley's psychedelic phenomenology, because I'm writing about it, preparing a draft of what will become a chapter in an anthology on the philosophy of psychedelics. I'm also writing about Descartes' famous Meditations on First Philosophy and interpreting his experience as [...]

Episode 6 of The Future Faces of Spirit

Bruce Alderman of Integral Stage has been releasing a multipart video series called "The Future Faces of Spirit." Other participants include John Vervaeke and Bonnitta Roy. Here is Alderman's description of the series and my contribution: "What paths lie ahead for religion and spirituality in the 21st Century? How might the insights of modernity and [...]

Reading and Riffing on Murray Bookchin’s “The Ecology of Freedom”

Zooming out from the horror show of the upcoming presidential election, I decided to do some thinking with Bookchin about social contracts, participatory vs representative forms of democracy, and direct action as permanent revolution. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xb41foDwLOY part 1 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wSTejCAGCHs part 2 https://youtu.be/r8h9YHtHPoY part 3

Prayers to a Process-Relational God

In Whitehead's scheme there is no equivalence with regard to the temporal ontology of past and future. There is no space-time block. There are multiple timelines in Whitehead's relativistic pluriverse. His metaphysical scheme is perspectival, meaning that any statement about the cosmos must be situated in some actual occasion (this is Whitehead's "Ontological Principle"). There [...]

Imagining a Gaian Reality After the Virus

Imagining a Gaian Reality After the Virus by Matthew Segall >>Click Here for a PDF of this blog post<<Download What follows is a brief paper outlining a path forward for post-pandemic humanity. It attempts to integrate Marxist critiques of capitalism with the efforts of contemporary Whiteheadian philosophers to compose an alternative ecological civilization.  … https://youtu.be/YUMJ1rlCvPI [...]

Thoughts on William James, Pure Experience, and Materialism

Idealism and panpsychism seem to me to make easy friends in the debate against materialism. They both affirm that consciousness or experience or mind in some generic sense are intrinsic to Nature. There are important differences between idealism and panpsychism, of course, and there are a variety of ways one can be an idealist or [...]