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 [...]

Physicalism and Its Discontents: A Study in Whitehead’s Panexperientialist Alternative [draft]

UPDATE: Here is a PDF of the final draft accepted for publication under the revised title "The Varieties of Physicalist Ontology: A Study in Whitehead's Process-Relational Alternative." I've just finished drafting this article, which will hopefully be featured in a special issue of the Journal of Philosophy, Theology, and the Sciences focused on panpsychism. It still [...]

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. 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 back in April 2006. Isabelle Stengers and Donna Haraway were [...]

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’s Final Interpretation of Reality: God and the World

Whitehead tells us at the start of the final part of Process & Reality ("Final Interpretation") that the chief danger in philosophy is narrowness in the selection of evidence. For many modern, scientifically inclined philosophers, this narrowness has taken the form of an all too easy rejection of the world's religious traditions and the religious experience which gave rise [...]

“Intersect: Science & Spirituality” – a conference in Telluride, CO

INTERSECT: Science & Spirituality Join us for a 2-Day Conversational Conference (July 27-29th) for the purpose of Exploring Syngergies between the world of Science and the world of Spirituality. Topics to include Cosmology, Ecology, Sustainability, and Consciousness. Speakers include: Drew Dellinger, John Hausdoerffer, Matthew Segall and Brian Swimme (via video). Register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/intersect-science-spirituality-tickets-4239963846

Lectures on Timothy Morton’s “Humankind: Solidarity with Nonhuman People”

Process and Difference in the Pluriverse (opening lecture) My Spring course at CIIS.edu finishes up this week with a set of modules on Timothy Morton's book Humankind: Solidarity with Nonhuman People (2017). Earlier in the semester, we read works by Plato, William James, Catherine Keller, William Connolly, Bruno Latour, Anne Pomeroy, and Donna Haraway. Below, I [...]

America and Me (for Ginsberg and Whitman)

https://youtu.be/cJq2DUyzSdg https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cnMoUm87QII " “America and Me (for Ginsberg and Whitman)” by Matthew T. Segall   America, you’ve given me everything and now you are nothing.   America 21 trillion 114 billion dollars in debt April 3rd 2018.   I no longer own my own mind.   America when will we end the Earth War?   [...]

Pre-Defense Dissertation Draft Completed

My dissertation defense is on Monday morning. I've just finished the "pre-defense" draft. I have until April 11th to finalize the published version. Below are the abstract, table of contents, and acknowledgements.  Jacob Sherman, PhD, Chair Associate Professor, Philosophy and Religion Department, California Institute of Integral Studies   Sean Kelly, PhD Professor, Philosophy and Religion Department, [...]

Solstice Prayer from Dec. 21st, 2014

The photo is from last summer's Burning Man festival, taken by Zipporah on Sunday morning while I sat in the Temple of Grace contemplating my life's loves and losses. Later that night, the Temple collapsed in upon itself like a curtsying ballerina after burning for fifteen short minutes. ....... I read the following prayer at the opening of a small medicine ceremony I [...]