“The safest general characterization of the European philosophical tradition is that it consists of a series of footnotes to Plato.”
–Alfred North Whitehead

Schedule for our track at next week’s Whitehead/Ecological Civilization Conference

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Section III: Alienation from Nature, How it Arose
Track 3: Late Modernity and Its Re-Imagining (Lebus Hall, 201)

Friday, June 5
2:00 PM – 2:45 PM
Track Session #1a – Tam Hunt “Absent-minded science and the ‘deep science’ antidote”

2:45 PM – 3:30 PM
Track Session #1b – Christian de Quincey “A Radical Science of Consciousness”

4:00 PM – 4:45 PM
Track Session #2a – Aaron Weiss “Reduction, Process, and Praxis: Cross-Cultural Reflections on a Global Problem”

4:45 PM –  5:30 PM
Track Sessions #2b – Matt Segall “Whitehead’s Nonmodern Ontology: Cosmos and Polis in the Pluriverse”

Saturday, June 6
11:00 AM – 11:45 AM
Track Session #3a – Adam Robert “Concept and Capacity: The Ecology of Knowledge”

11:45 AM – 12:30 PM
Track Session #3b –   Jonathan Davis “Experience, Meaning, and Revelation: Actual Occasion as Theophany”
2:00 PM – 3:30 PM
Track Sessions #4 – Matt Segall to speak in Sec. 4, Track 6 on “Religion in Human and Cosmic Evolution: Whitehead’s Alternative Vision” (Mason Hall, 006)*

4:00 PM – 5:30 PM
Track Sessions #5 – Matt Segall to speak on panel  in Sec. 9, Track 4 track on “Weiss’s theory of NDEs and Whitehead” (Hahn Hall, 214)*

2:00 PM – 2:45 PM
Track Sessions #4a – Grant Maxwell “A Variety of General Truths about the Universe: Toward an Integrative Method”

2:45 PM – 3:30 PM
Track Sessions #4b – Josefina Burgos “From Goethe to Whitehead: A Path Toward Holistic, Ecological Monism”

4:00 PM – 4:45 PM
Track Sessions #5a – Sheri Ritchlin “Living Philosophy: The Organic Cosmos of Confucius and Whitehead”

4:45 PM – 5:30 PM
Track Sessions #5b – Elizabeth Allison “Learning from the Mountain Elders: Traditional Ecological Knowledge as a Challenge to Modernist Reductionism”

Sunday, June 7
11:00 AM – 11:45 PM
Track Sessions #6a – Sean Kelly “Towards a Gaian Planetary Consciousness after Modernity”

11:45 AM – 12:30 PM
Track Sessions #6b  – David Steinrueck “Divine In/existence: Dynamic Ethics for Planetary Transformation”

2:00 PM – 3:30 PM
Track Sessions #7 – Brian Thomas Swimme & Richard Tarnas “Radical Mythospeculation: World Soul in a Post-Einsteinian Universe, Deep History, and a Second Axial Age”

4:00 PM – 4:45 PM
Track Sessions #8a – Becca Tarnas “Whitehead and Archetypal Cosmology”

4:45 PM – 5:30 PM
Track Sessions #8b –  Wrap-up/track summary Panel discussion


*Note that these two talks are not in my track. I’ll have to leave my track on Saturday afternoon for two speaking engagements in other tracks. It’s going to be a crazy weekend, with something like 80 tracks running simultaneously. 



5 responses to “Schedule for our track at next week’s Whitehead/Ecological Civilization Conference”

  1. donsalmon Avatar

    Wish I could be there. I was asked last year to speak on Sri Aurobindo and contemporary neuroscience but knew I was going to be too busy (completed 40 audio meditations last month, finishing up the music mix for 17 videos by Sunday, and then on to 20-30 more music compositions to accompany some psychedelic breathing video-animaiions – who has time to speak!!)

    Hope your talk goes very well. if you run into Rod Hemsell, please do take some time to sit down and talk with him. Ask him about Sri Aurobindo’s evolutionary vision – you’ll hear some very interesting things!

    1. Matthew David Segall Avatar

      Thanks, Don. I’m somewhat familiar with Aurobindo’s integral yoga (I’m at CIIS, after all!). But I’m certainly interested in going deeper.

      1. donsalmon Avatar

        send your street address to my email (donsalmon7@gmail.com) and I’ll send you a copy of our book, “Yoga Psychology and the Transformation of Consciousness: Seeing Through the Eyes of Infinity” (covers lots of ground but it’s based on Sri Aurobindo’s “integral psychology” – I assume you know that “integral psychology” was associated with Sri Aurobindo from 1936 on, about 63 years before Wilber appropriated it – just a little historical tidbit for your edification:>)

        I mentioned to Rod that you might be stopping to chat with him, and he already got back to me:>))

        Have fun!

    2. Matthew David Segall Avatar

      I am very familiar with that history and Wilber’s appropriations : )

      He did introduce me to Aurobindo, as well as Jean Gebser. But once I read those two for themselves, as well as other integral thinkers like William Irwin Thompson and Richard Tarnas, I realized Wilber wasn’t all that original (or a good writer, for that matter).

      1. donsalmon Avatar

        Ah, someone who understands Wilber – what a delight!:>)

        I’m reading the draft of Rod’s presentation for next week – excellent stuff. I’m eager to hear how you respond to it. I’ve seen both Thompson and Tarnas give presentations by the way (I assume you’ve met Tarnas at CIIS) – really good speakers (Thompson is very funny; describes himself as a “stand up intellectual”).

        Happy conference prep!

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