Principles of love and the wisdom of constellations. With Robert Rowland Smith & Mark Vernon

An audio version of this conversation is at my podcast, Talks and Thoughts, available via podcast feeds. Constellations, also called family systems, is a way of visualising the dynamics of love that operate in any group that has to do with creativity or life. A constellation workshop brings people together to look at predicaments with… Continue reading Principles of love and the wisdom of constellations. With Robert Rowland Smith & Mark Vernon

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Defying Darkness: Love’s Radical Rebellion Against Global Discord

This comment was written for the newsletter, published this week, of the Fetzer Institute. In the midst of the deadly conflict between Israel and Hamas, it’s hard to make heads or tails of religion. The situation is complex and multifaceted, with faith playing only a part. But before jumping to the conclusion that humanity would be… Continue reading Defying Darkness: Love’s Radical Rebellion Against Global Discord

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The extension of mind through space and the sense of being stared at. Conversation with Rupert Sheldrake

An audio version of this conversation is at my podcast feed, Talks and Thoughts, available via podcast feeds. Do our minds reside solely inside our heads, or perhaps bodies? Or do they extend into the wider world, perhaps even reaching to the stars? In this episode of the Sheldrake-Vernon Dialogues, Rupert Sheldrake and Mark Vernon… Continue reading The extension of mind through space and the sense of being stared at. Conversation with Rupert Sheldrake

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How to make friendship work. A conversation with Robin Dunbar

An audio version of this conversation is at my podcast, Talks and Thoughts, available via podcast feeds. Robin Dunbar is an Oxford evolutionary psychologist who has written extensively about friendship, amongst other things, not least in relation to “Dunbar’s Number”. We talked about what friendship is, and how it differs from other loves. We explored… Continue reading How to make friendship work. A conversation with Robin Dunbar

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Desire is the way. Thoughts on Bishop Barron at ARC in London

An audio version of this talk is at my podcast, Talks and Thoughts, available via podcast feeds. Bishop Barron is another figure I think worth listening to, who spoke at ARC in London, alongside Jordan Peterson. And like Peterson, he simultaneously leaves me as wary as enthused. And so, like Peterson, I listened both to… Continue reading Desire is the way. Thoughts on Bishop Barron at ARC in London

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Faith & responsibility or love & response. Thoughts on Jordan Peterson at ARC in London

​​ Peterson celebrates faith and responsibility, at the risk of losing love and response. Jordan Peterson has been in London and making speeches with which, I think, there is a lot to agree. The heart of his message is a link between faith and responsibility, as he puts it. Human beings need faith that an… Continue reading Faith & responsibility or love & response. Thoughts on Jordan Peterson at ARC in London

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Loving AIs. Reducing risk & building intelligence. Mark Vernon talks with Eve Poole

An audio version of this talk is at my podcast, Talks and Thoughts, available via podcast feeds. Thinking carefully, not just apocalyptically, about AIs requires a combination of skills – technological, sociological, psychological, philosophical, organisational. So I was delighted to talk with Eve Poole, who is a rare individual capable of bringing all these elements… Continue reading Loving AIs. Reducing risk & building intelligence. Mark Vernon talks with Eve Poole

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Can we do without organised religion? A conversation with Rupert Sheldrake

An audio version of this talk is at my podcast, Talks and Thoughts, available via podcast feeds. Churches are in decline, certainly in the western world. People tend not to think to turn to a priest for spiritual insight or advice. But is a lived relationship with the sacred and wisdom traditions denuded as organised… Continue reading Can we do without organised religion? A conversation with Rupert Sheldrake

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A thought on Comedy in a Time of Tragedy

An audio version of this thought is at my podcast, Talks and Thoughts, available via podcast feeds. At the beginning of Idler Drinks (see www.idler.co.uk), I offer a thought. Here’s the one from this week.

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Christ consciousness and final participation. Max Leyf, Landon Loftin & Mark Vernon. #OwenBarfield

Owen Barfield talked of an evolution of consciousness towards final participation. But what is that state or quality awareness? How does it relate to the life of Christ? How was it described by Rudolf Steiner? Can we see and know intimations of it now? In this second discussion with Landon Loftin and Max Leyf, we… Continue reading Christ consciousness and final participation. Max Leyf, Landon Loftin & Mark Vernon. #OwenBarfield

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