What is Life? (Part 2)

Continuing a dialogue in the comments of my last post, particularly the question of whether rocks have agency... An organic realism would suggest that some processes within rocks do have varying degrees of agency. Crystallization is telic. Atoms are self-organizing ecopoietic agents. The periodic table of elements is a taxonomic hierarchy that sorts different species …

What is Life? (Response to Joe Norman)

Sharing my reply below to a brilliant series of thoughts concerning the essence of life at Joseph W. Norman's blog (CLICK HERE TO READ IT). Joe, Thanks for pointing out the relevance of N. Taleb's distinction between randomness and an agent's exposure to randomness for the question of "life." Much to ponder here... My friendship with …

Introduction to Process Philosophy

Below is a lecture recorded for the online course PARP 6060 02 - Introduction to Philosophy, Cosmology, and Consciousness at CIIS.edu. I first discuss the meaning of philosophy from a Whiteheadian perspective, then run through a brief history of philosophy as relevant to process thought (Parmenides, Heraclitus, Plato, Aristotle, Copernicus, Descartes, Newton, Kant and his …

Whiteheadian commentary on contemporary scientific cosmology: Are the fundamental constants changing?

The following is a lecture from a course I'm currently teaching called Whitehead's Adventure in Cosmology: Toward a Physics of the World-Soul. Watch the PBS Space Time video first for context. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YJzoelANL_Y https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TOdhdT454N8 "The animal body is only the more highly organized and immediate part of the general environment for its dominant actual occasion [i.e., …