“Astrology: Science, Art, or Religion?”

Here's the recording of a lecture that Becca Tarnas and I delivered last night for the Atlanta Astrological Society. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rz8aQHIwW_8&feature=youtu.be Here are some relevant links if you want a more in depth discussion on some of what I mention in this lecture: The Politics of Renaissance Hermeticism, and the Magic of Science The Copernican Odyssey: [...]

Panpsychism: a brief reply to Massimo Pigliucci

 The Side View recently published an essay by Massimo Pigliucci titled "The Stoic God is Untenable in Light of Modern Science." Pigliucci is entering into a critical dialogue with a few other Side View authors, Brittany Polat and Kai Whiting, about how best to inherit from ancient Stoic philosophy.  I don't have a horse in the contemporary interpretations of [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]