“Psyche Unbound: Essays in Honor of Stanislav Grof” [Review]

Tarnas, Richard, & Kelly, Sean (Eds.). (2021). Psyche Unbound: Essays in Honor of Stanislav Grof. Foreword by Rick Doblin. Sante Fe, NM: Synergetic Press & the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies. xxvi + 428 pp. ISBN: 9780998276526. Hardcover. $35. Reviewed by Matthew D. Segall. It was 1973 when Dr. Stanislav Grof left what was then the last surviving [...]

Psychedelics, Society, and Reality

https://twitter.com/ThouArtThat/status/1503888762706694147?s=20&t=bZ48JTy1r1-MSfAEbnDB7Q That tweet came after I listened to several episodes of the recent NYMag/Psymposia podcast series "Power Trip." Having now finished the series and shared a mixed review, I wanted to collect further thoughts on the subject. The NYMag/Psymposia series focuses on the dangers of both underground and clinically regulated psychedelic psychotherapy. The basic criticisms [...]

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. [...]

Alchemical Consciousness After Descartes: Whitehead’s Philosophy of Organism as Psychedelic Realism

The following is an essay originally submitted for publication in a book on philosophy and psychedelics. After some feedback from the editors, I realized it is too long and includes too many (I hope interesting!) digressions. I'll be thoroughly revising my submission for the book, so I figured I'd share this earlier version here. Feedback [...]

Integral Entheogens (Ep. 5) – Molecular Alchemy and the Evolution of Spirit

https://youtu.be/qLEiaC0Ayms Thanks to Bruce Alderman and The Integral Stage for putting this together! In Episode 5, Matthew Segall discusses how entheogens or "ecodelics" have impacted him personally and philosophically, inspiring some of his deepest ontological insights and courses of inquiry -- particularly in the areas of panpsychism, deep or integral pluralism, and process thought. He [...]

The Place of Psychedelic Chemistry/Alchemical Consciousness in Philosophy

https://youtu.be/R3SWnrNLDVM Transcript: I wanted to see if you guys might help me think through Aldous Huxley's psychedelic phenomenology, because I'm writing about it, preparing a draft of what will become a chapter in an anthology on the philosophy of psychedelics. I'm also writing about Descartes' famous Meditations on First Philosophy and interpreting his experience as [...]

A talk on Ecodelic Philosophy at the Symbiosis Gathering

I'm headed back to the Symbiosis Gathering later this year. I'll be offering a talk on the role of psychedelics--or "ecodelics" as author Richard Doyle refers to them--and the philosophical insights they engender that may be of service to steering through our planetary crisis. When ingested in carefully crafted ceremonial containers, ecodelics reveal the deeper connections and interpenetration of [...]

Certificate in Psychedelic-Assisted Psychotherapies & Research at CIIS

California Institute of Integral Studies is launching a new certificate program in Psychedelic-Assisted Psychotherapies and Research. Certificate in Psychedelic Therapies and Research - Information and Application. The Psychedelic-Assisted Therapies and Research Certificate serves a growing need for the training of skilled therapist researchers who will ideally seek advanced training for future FDA approved psychedelic-assisted and [...]

An interview with Jesse Turri at Home Brewed Christianity on Science, Religion, Imagination, and more…

HERE is the interview. I haven't listened to it yet, but I remember a wide-ranging conversation on everything from my own intellectual and spiritual development, to the relationship between science and religion, to the role of imagination and psychedelics in the philosophy of nature. HERE is Jesse Turri's personal website.

Entheogens and Cosmos, the sequel [a lecture for ERIE @ CIIS this Sunday on psychedelics and the extended mind thesis]

The Entheogenic Research, Integration, and Education student group at the California Institute of Integral Studies has invited me to speak again about the philosophical, cosmological, and psychological significance of psychedelics. In case you missed it, here is my first talk for ERIE back in September called "The Psychedelic Eucharist--toward a pharmacological philosophy of religion": I attempted to link Plato [...]