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 [...]

“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, [...]

Science and the Soul of the World: Participatory Knowing in Goethe and Whitehead

I'm teaching for Schumacher College again, this time online. This course focuses on two towering exemplars of the organic approach to science, the German poet and naturalist Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749-1832) and the British mathematician and philosopher Alfred North Whitehead (1861-1947). The course will run via live video conference on Saturday mornings (PST) for [...]

Parsimonious Panpsychism? (response to Julian Walker)

This following is copied from a Facebook post Julian Walker made in response to Bruce Alderman's defense of panpsychism (in the "Integral 2.0" group). I wanted to weigh in (my comments are below):  "PANPSYCHISM is not more PARSIMONIOUS than EMERGENTISM (Reply to Bruce on his thoughts about the David/Matthew debate) In a way I hear [...]

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 [...]