Imagining a Gaian Reality After the Virus by Matthew Segall >>Click Here for a PDF of this blog post<<Download What follows is a brief paper outlining a path forward for post-pandemic humanity. It attempts to integrate Marxist critiques of capitalism with the efforts of contemporary Whiteheadian philosophers to compose an alternative ecological civilization. … https://youtu.be/YUMJ1rlCvPI [...]
Idealism and panpsychism seem to me to make easy friends in the debate against materialism. They both affirm that consciousness or experience or mind in some generic sense are intrinsic to Nature. There are important differences between idealism and panpsychism, of course, and there are a variety of ways one can be an idealist or [...]
William James (from "A World of Pure Experience," Part 2, p. 568): “With this we have the outlines of a philosophy of pure experience before us. At the outset of my essay, I called it a mosaic philosophy. In actual mosaics the pieces are held together by their bedding, for which bedding the Substances, transcendental Egos, or Absolutes of [...]
As best I understand it, in Part IV of Process & Reality, Whitehead attempted to account for how geometrical measurement of the physical world is possible without any empirical presuppositions. He was worried that physics had not yet fully accounted for its own experimental practices and so searched for a presuppositionless mathematical starting point for [...]
https://youtu.be/FF6V78LNiLI Sean Kelly and I delivered this a few weeks ago at the Esalen Institute in Big Sur, CA at our philosophy program's annual retreat.
https://youtu.be/GY2vDesht8o I read Whitehead's first lecture at Harvard, delivered in September 1924, which focuses on the metaphysical possibility of modern natural science. This lecture was just published in Process Studies 48.2. Here's a link to the interview of Lynn Margulis I mention at the beginning.
https://youtu.be/8mElV2qmye8 a poem I wrote at the Esalen Institute in Big Sur, CA on Oct 29, 2019 I don’t know whether I am a poet pretending to philosophize, or a philosopher who happens to rhyme. I am hungry for wisdom’s teaching. Feed me philosophy. These thoughts do not take place inside my head. I taste [...]
see also: Foreword to an upcoming anthroposophical book on twelve ways of seeing the world https://youtu.be/5KwJ5CC0xQo
Thinking and driving...about the evolution of matter, life, and mind.
UPDATE. Here's a video of our dialogue: https://youtu.be/9jlVjOILsCU Next Tuesday, October 22nd at 7pm, I'll be in dialogue with astrobiologist Bruce Damer about his hot spring hypothesis of the origins of life. For Bay Area locals, the event will take place at the Mission Street campus of California Institute of Integral Studies and is free [...]
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 [...]
Maybe, as one of my graduate students suggested, mind is more like a liquid that flows through and between things than it is a light projected onto and reflecting off of their surfaces (bracketing for now the fact that light also behaves like a fluid). This is an imaginative way of describing the difference between [...]