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The Matter With Things



The Center for Process Studies (CPS )identifies itself as offering "a relational worldview for the common good. with a mission to foster interdisciplinary research and education to cultivate holistic understanding for human and planetary flourishing,"


This past Easter weekend (March 29-31, 2024) CPS collaborated with the California Institute of Integral Studies to host a conference in San Francisco: Metaphysics and the Matter With Things.


Ian McGilchrist, author of The Matter With Things: Our Brains, Our Delusions, and the Unmaking of the World (2021) affirms "the ontological irreducibility of relationality, time, value, purpose, experience, consciousness, and the sacred."


Also on the agenda from California Institute of Integral Studies were Dr. Matthew Segall PhD. and Michael Jacob, MD PhD. who were participants along with Brian Thomas Swimme in Human Energy's Master Class of Science of the Noosphere I took last fall 2023. Segall was in Episode 2 -The Origins of Life. and Swimme was in the section on Cosmological Evolution. Michael Jacob contributed to the discussion of A Brain of Brains in the Master Class and he addressed the audience at Human Energy's N2 Conference, held at U.C. Berkeley in November 2023.


Matthew David Segall is a transdisciplinary researcher, writer, teacher, and philosopher applying process-relational thought across the natural and social sciences to the study of consciousness. He is an Associate Professor in the Philosophy, Cosmology, and Consciousness Program at California Institute of Integral Studies. He is the author of Physics of the World-Soul: Whitehead’s Adventure in Cosmology (2021) and Crossing the Threshold: Etheric Imagination in the Post-Kantian Process Philosophy of Schelling and Whitehead (2023).


Michael Jacob, MD PhD is a neurobiologist and psychiatrist whose interdisciplinary work aims to develop new perspectives on how experience comes to life and how it unravels in mental illness. He is an Assistant Professor at UCSF, Director of the Psychosis and Metabolic Mental Health Clinics at the San Francisco VA, and Researcher with the non-profit, Human Energy.


Brian Thomas Swimme is an evolutionary cosmologist and professor in the Philosophy, Cosmology, and Consciousness program at the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco, he teaches evolutionary cosmology to graduate students in the humanities. Currently, he is also the Director of the Third Story of the Universe at Human Energy, a nonprofit public benefit organization.

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