“The Matter With Things” by Iain McGilchrist

“Questions such as those concerning scientific truth, the nature of reality, and the place of man in the cosmos require for their study some knowledge of the constitution, quality, capacities and limitations of the human mind through which medium all such problems must be handled.” -Roger Sperry (1952) I've just finished reading The Matter With [...]

Standing Firm in the Flux: On Whitehead’s Eternal Objects (draft article)

The article to follow is a draft posted here for your review. As usual, I invite your comments and criticisms (Note that I have been continually updating the draft below in light of helpful feedback and my own ongoing reflection: the doctrine of eternal objects is a deep ocean, but hopefully this study at least [...]

Dialogue with Bernardo Kastrup: Translating between Analytic Idealism and Process-Relationalism

https://youtu.be/s7I5j2cteFQ My long-overdue conversation with Bernardo Kastrup is above. I am pleased with how this turned out. We mostly attempted to translate between our respective orientations, finding many overlaps despite differences of emphasis. I think important differences remain, though we'll have to iron those out together in the future. A few thoughts about what we [...]

The Cosmological Context of the Origin of Life: Process Philosophy and the Hot Spring Hypothesis

I just sent a draft of this coauthored essay off to the editors. Astrobiologist Bruce Damer and I have been building toward this for a few years. I'm thrilled to have gotten it to this point, and looking forward to peer review! The essay will be featured in a book coming out of this conference [...]

Zombie Evolution (reply to Sean Carroll)

The physicist Sean Carroll was recently on the Mind Chat podcast hosted by the philosophers Keith Frankish and Philip Goff. Watch it here. I uploaded a brief interpolation of my own on YouTube, which among other things calls out the model-centrism at play in Carroll's "Core Theory." https://www.youtube.com/embed/cGKyrL2mg90 Earlier today, Carroll uploaded a blog post [...]

Psychedelics Today podcast on Consciousness, Capitalism, and Philosophy

I had a great conversation with Joe Moore of Psychedelics Today a couple months back, and the podcast was just released today. Have a listen. In this episode, Joe interviews philosopher, author, and assistant professor in the Philosophy, Cosmology, and Consciousness program at California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco: Matthew D. Segall, Ph.D. [...]

The Purpose and Profundity of Whitehead’s Metaphysics (a reply to Massimo Pigliucci)

The following is a response to Massimo Pigliucci's recent blog post about process metaphysics and Whitehead. I keep a relatively close eye on Pigliucci's philosophical work, as there is plenty of convergence in our views on several issues, including, as he says in his title, "the promise of process metaphysics." https://twitter.com/mpigliucci/status/1367969995884535811?s=20 Despite some convergences, I [...]

A review of Michael Hogue’s “American Immanence: Democracy for an Uncertain World” (2018)

MICHAEL S. HOGUE, American Immanence: Democracy for An Uncertain World. New York: Columbia University Press, 2018: 238 pages. [Reviewed by: MATTHEW D. SEGALL, Philosophy and Religion Department, California Institute of Integral Studies, 1453 Mission Street, San Francisco, California, 94103, USA. <msegall@ciis.edu>.]  Michael Hogue has written a timely theopolitical intervention drawing from (and contributing to) the American [...]