“The safest general characterization of the European philosophical tradition is that it consists of a series of footnotes to Plato.”
–Alfred North Whitehead

Tag: psychology

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

    “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 […]


  • Dialogues with Scientists of Matter, Life, and Mind

    Figured I should collect these dialogues in one place. They range from the last year or two up through earlier this afternoon. Timothy Jackson (Biologist and Toxinologist) John Pohl (Physician and Gastroenterologist) John Torday (Physician and Cellular Biologist) Greg Henriques (Psychologist) Praful Gagrani (Physicist and Origin of Life Scientist) John Vervaeke (Cognitive Scientist) Rupert Sheldrake […]


  • Psychedelics, Society, and Reality

    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 being […]


  • Archetypal Panpsychism: Whitehead, Jung, & Hillman

    Archetypal Panpsychism: Whitehead, Jung, & Hillman

    If you happen to live near Boise, Becca and I will travel there in January to give a weekend workshop for the Idaho Friends of Jung. January 20-21, 2017 Archetypal Panpsychism:  Whitehead, Jung, and Hillman A presentation by Matthew D. Segall, PhD, & Becca Tarnas, ABD Friday Lecture, 7:00 – 9:00 PM; Saturday Workshop, 10:00 AM – […]


  • 1st draft of dissertation submitted

    I submitted the first draft of my dissertation to my committee a couple of weeks ago. I’m aiming to defend in March. Here’s a sneak peak of the table of contents. I still need to fill out the introduction and conclusions. Originally, I had no intention of writing so much about Kant, but he proved […]


  • “Expanding and Re-Enchanting the Psyche: The Pioneering Thought of Stanislav Grof”

    If you’re a Bay Area local, do try to attend this conference celebrating the work of Stan Grof Oct. 24-25 (Friday and Saturday) at the Hotel Whitcomb. It is being sponsored by the new Center for the Study of Psychedelic Medicine at C.I.I.S. and the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies. >>More information<<       >>Registration<<    […]


  • Levi Bryant on the Role of Love in Philosophy

    Bryant posted a great piece on textual transference and the role of love in learning. He has succeeded in making me wonder what it is exactly that gives ideas their alluring personalities. How is it that sympathy and charisma have such an effect in the world, while cold-hard facts and rationally deduced truth seem to […]


  • Uncovering the Unconscious: Towards an Integral Psychology

    Introduction As Jungians well know, the movements of the soul tend to manifest in polarities: [A]ll the greatest and most important problems of life are fundamentally insoluble. They must be so, for they express the necessary polarity inherent in every self-regulating system. They can never be solved, but only outgrown.[1] The most obvious such polarity […]


  • James Hillman on the folly of reducing mind to brain.

    From The Soul’s Code by James Hillman, p. 150-154: The upshot of genetic studies leads in two (!) directions: a narrow path and a broad one. The narrow road heads toward simplistic, monogenic causes. It wants to pinpoint bits of tissue and correlate them with the vast complexity of psychic meanings. The folly of reducing […]


  • Transpersonal Intersubjectivity

    I’ve just been reading Christopher Bache’s book “Dark Night, Early Dawn,” and he, not unlike Christian de Quincey in his book “Radical Nature,” argues that the interpersonal and collective dimensions of spiritual experience have been paid too little attention. Taking intersubjectivity into consideration requires a return to our embodied experience as beings embedded in a […]