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“Death and life are asymmetrically joined. Therein lies hope.” – article in YoHo

This is a response to an article by Richard Beck in the new YoHo Journal. Richard Beck introduces us to “hope sickness”. And I agree: the world suffers from desperate delusions as to the nature of our story. However, I

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The Flux of the Matter – new Idler column

My column in the new Idler magazine, out now. One of the best known comments in western philosophy has to do with rivers. The flowing thought was uttered by the ancient Ephesian hermit, Heraclitus. Born into a patrician family, during

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“I have conversed with the Spiritual Sun. I saw him on Primose Hill”. William Blake w/ Mark Vernon

Some thoughts on William Blake and cleansing the doors of perception from the vantage of Primose Hill, London. For more of Mark on Blake and others see his talks or his YouTube channel.

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JERUSALEM. Lament, tragedy, invocation, cry? William Blake and the play that forgets his name

An audio version of this talk is at my podcast, Talks and Thoughts, available via podcast feeds. Jerusalem by Jez Butterworth, starring Mark Rylance, is brilliant. But what can be made of its violence and passion, humour and hedonism, tragedy

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Clearing the Fog of Assumptions. A conversation with Oliver Burkeman

Oliver Burkeman and Jonathan Rowson talk at the Realisation Festival 2022. Assumptions and thoughts challenged, but also a sense of feeling enlarged. Oliver Burkeman revealed his state of mind as he spoke with Jonathan Rowson on the last day of

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Dante’s Paradiso. Awakening to the Light. A conversation with Rupert Sheldrake

An audio version of this conversation is at my podcast, Dante’s Divine Comedy, available via podcast feeds. This episode of the Sheldrake-Vernon Dialogues continues Rupert and Mark’s exploration of Dante’s Divine Comedy, taking a lead from Mark’s book, Dante’s Divine

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You Are Gods by David Bentley Hart. Reflections on Vedantic Christianity

An audio version of this talk is at my podcast, Talks and Thoughts, available via podcast feeds. A set of reflections liberally drawing on You Are Gods by David Bentley Hart (Notre Dame Press, 2022). Bentley Hart says that the

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The Mossy Face of Christ. Martin Shaw talks w Mark Vernon about an unexpected return to Christianity

An audio version of this talk at on my podcast, Talks and Thoughts, available via podcast feeds. 0:00 Imagination and the Imaginal in the modern world 7:20 Different kinds of power: agency, allure, contraries 10:40 The revival of myth-telling but

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Dante’s transfiguration of time & love, seeking & suffering, telepathy & transhumanising

An audio version of this talk is on my podcast, Dante’s Divine Comedy, available via podcast feeds. Various human experiences are deepened and resolved as Dante travels through hell, purgatory and paradise. The Divine Comedy can be read as an

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Varieties of love in Plato, Jesus, Ibn ‘Arabi and other mystics. Jane Clark & Mark Vernon

An audio version of the talk is at my podcast, Talks and Thoughts, available via podcast feeds. It is often noted that the ancient Greeks had an advantage in possessing several words for love. Eros, philia, agape and others allowed

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