“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 [...]

The Urgency of Social Threefolding in a World Still at War with Itself (draft article)

The following is a rough draft of an article I am preparing for a special issue of the journal Eidos (CfP here). I understand that the threefolding idea is likely to upset people on all sides of the political spectrum. I am sharing the article at this stage to invite criticism, as my aim is [...]

Tim Eastman Unties the Gordian Knot: Complete Seminar (Sessions 1-9)

https://www.youtube.com/embed/videoseries?list=PLP5LzWhXomAL0I20u3AlZV7C_6nQeNoy6 Above is an embedded playlist featuring all 9 of the Eastman Seminars that I facilitated for the Science Advisory Committee of the Cobb Institute from June 2021 through February 2022. Tim Eastman, a plasma physicist and philosopher, is the author of Untying the Gordian Knot: Process, Reality, and Context (2020). These seminars invited other [...]

Tim Eastman Wrap-Up Session: Quantum Physics, Process Philosophy, and the Simulation Hypothesis

https://youtu.be/ZckXe4vF34w We wrapped up our 9-part seminar series on plasma physicist and philosopher Timothy E. Eastman's book over the weekend. Above is the recording of the final session, which included responses by Michael Epperson and me, followed by a really great dialogue among the other participants. The simulation hypothesis came up and was challenged in [...]

Review of Timothy E. Eastman’s ‘Untying the Gordian Knot: Process, Reality, and Context’ [DRAFT]

Below is a draft of a review of Tim Eastman's new book. I'll be submitting this to a journal for publication soon, but wanted to share it here for those interested in this important contribution to understanding the nature of reality in light of quantum process. .... TIMOTHY E. EASTMAN, Untying the Gordian Knot: Process, [...]

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 [...]

“How does matter give rise to consciousness?” (response to Sam Harris)

https://youtu.be/LpaDlIlqygE https://youtu.be/e6b7XJaQZc8 Harris seems to presuppose the old Cartesian framework, with consciousness being that which is indubitable and which can in no way be reduced to matter. I wonder, though, what concept of matter Harris is working with here? That "matter" is a concept should go without saying, since on his Cartesian view of consciousness, [...]