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The Sheldrake Vernon Dialogues

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Religion & Spirituality
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Society & Culture
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Dr Rupert Sheldrake is a biologist and author best known for his hypothesis of morphic resonance. Mark vernon is a psychotherapist and author. Together they discuss: consciousness, prayer, angels, science and spiritual practices, magic, dreams, hell, the unconscious, rituals, enlightenment, atheism, materialism, and more.

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Dr Rupert Sheldrake is a biologist and author best known for his hypothesis of morphic resonance. Mark vernon is a psychotherapist and author. Together they discuss: consciousness, prayer, angels, science and spiritual practices, magic, dreams, hell, the unconscious, rituals, enlightenment, atheism, materialism, and more.

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51 Ratings
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Provocative thought and healthy common sense

By Benny6996 - May 26 2016
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I only wish this podcast were lengthier and more often. Mark works well off of Rupert and both are endlessly fascinating to listen too! I immensely enjoy their deconstruction of scientific dogmas that are so rarely brought up. I really appreciate their realistic skepticism instead of the annoying and groundless “Shermer” brand of skeptical inquiry that is so common. I hope this podcast keeps on keeping on!!!

The best of the 88 (and counting) podcasts I subsribe to

By the material soul - May 18 2016
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I get a mild thrill whenever I see that a new Science Set Free episode has come through. It's a type of thrill that is rare among the many podcasts and other sources of information I consume (the only other example that comes to mind is when I see a new post has come through on Jules Evans's website). If you are a curious person who seeks intellectual stimulation in all manner of far flung places, I strongly encourage you to give this podcast a try. It's hard to explain exactly what I find so compelling about it. Basically, there is a type of quiet lightning that happens when Rupert and Mark's minds come together, when assumptions (often unconscious) are revealed and challenged, when new visions are proferred, when science/intellect engages with intuition/poetry in a kind of dance. If I kept talking I'd be apt to drown it in superlatives. Just pick an episode, find a quiet place, and press play.

iTunes Ratings

51 Ratings
Average Ratings
44
3
2
1
1

Provocative thought and healthy common sense

By Benny6996 - May 26 2016
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I only wish this podcast were lengthier and more often. Mark works well off of Rupert and both are endlessly fascinating to listen too! I immensely enjoy their deconstruction of scientific dogmas that are so rarely brought up. I really appreciate their realistic skepticism instead of the annoying and groundless “Shermer” brand of skeptical inquiry that is so common. I hope this podcast keeps on keeping on!!!

The best of the 88 (and counting) podcasts I subsribe to

By the material soul - May 18 2016
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I get a mild thrill whenever I see that a new Science Set Free episode has come through. It's a type of thrill that is rare among the many podcasts and other sources of information I consume (the only other example that comes to mind is when I see a new post has come through on Jules Evans's website). If you are a curious person who seeks intellectual stimulation in all manner of far flung places, I strongly encourage you to give this podcast a try. It's hard to explain exactly what I find so compelling about it. Basically, there is a type of quiet lightning that happens when Rupert and Mark's minds come together, when assumptions (often unconscious) are revealed and challenged, when new visions are proferred, when science/intellect engages with intuition/poetry in a kind of dance. If I kept talking I'd be apt to drown it in superlatives. Just pick an episode, find a quiet place, and press play.
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			The Sheldrake Vernon Dialogues

The Sheldrake Vernon Dialogues

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Dr Rupert Sheldrake is a biologist and author best known for his hypothesis of morphic resonance. Mark vernon is a psychotherapist and author. Together they discuss: consciousness, prayer, angels, science and spiritual practices, magic, dreams, hell, the unconscious, rituals, enlightenment, atheism, materialism, and more.

Rank #1: The Old Testament

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The psalmist sings that God knew us before we were born. The book of Joshua says God ordered that everything with breath should be destroyed in the land of Canaan. The writer of Genesis affirms that God said creation was good, very good. But the Pentateuch also insists on an eye for and eye, and that parental sins will be visited on their children for several generations. In this Science Set Free podcast, Rupert Sheldrake and Mark Vernon explore the modern meaning of the collection of books Christians call the Old Testament. It includes words of great beauty, on the one hand and on the other, words apparently sanctifying acts of great violence. Can the Old Testament be understood as an account of the evolution of consciousness, or perhaps as a kind of collective unconscious of the Judeo-Christian west? Is it as simple as picking some parts out and dismissing others? What might be made of this seminal collection of texts by those interested in spiritual progress?
Feb 16 2018
32 mins
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Rank #2: The Unconscious

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In 1915, 100 years ago this month, Sigmund Freud published a paper in which he described what he had discovered in his psychoanalytic patients: that there is an aspect of the human psyche of which individuals are typically profoundly unaware, namely the unconscious. His explorations set in motion a broad and fascinating path of investigation that gripped other key 20th century figures such as Carl Jung, and with which we are still engaged today. In this Science Set Free podcast, Rupert Sheldrake and Mark Vernon discuss this dynamic aspect of human life and how the unconscious relates to ideas from the soul to morphic fields.
Nov 02 2015
26 mins
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Rank #3: Who Was Jesus

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Jesus saves, it is often said. But what does that mean? Is it an objectionable notion, implying a bloodthirsty God? In the latest Science Set Free podcast, Rupert Sheldrake and Mark Vernon, explore ways in which the significance of Jesus has been interpreted. They ask whether the incarnation is a more important notion, how evolutionary ideas can help unpack the meaning of Christianity's central figure, and how the resurrection of Jesus can be understood. This historical figure, through the intensity of his life, has become a focus for a wide range of archetypal realities.
Apr 11 2017
27 mins
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Rank #4: Science and Spiritual Practices

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We live in a time when many people are engaging in spiritual practices without belonging to particular religious traditions. Moreover, scientists have built up a substantial body of research that explores their many and various tangible effects. In this episode, Rupert Sheldrake and Mark Vernon, discuss the widespread interest in practices from mediation to pilgrimage, which Rupert investigates in his new book, Science and Spiritual Practice. They ask what the science shows, how such practices can be understood, and where the engagement with spiritual experiences outside of the context of metaphysical convictions might lead.
Nov 20 2017
28 mins
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Rank #5: The Spiritual Senses

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St Thomas Aquinas thought that we have spiritual senses as well as the familiar bodily senses. Are there aspects of human nature that have been lost or suppressed in the modern world? In what ways do people still experience the presence of God? And how can we recognize and cultivate these spiritual abilities?
Jun 21 2014
23 mins
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Rank #6: Is the Sun Conscious?

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When you look into the blue sky on a sunny day do you glimpse a ball of nuclear fire or, as the London poet and mystic, William Blake, reported, the heavenly host singing God's praises? It's an old question, revived today by the notion of panpsychism which suggests that the sun might in some way be considered conscious. In this Science Set Free podcast, Rupert Sheldrake and Mark Vernon ask whether the sun is a psychical as well as physical entity in the solar system, and consider what that might mean for our participation in and connection to the cosmic dimensions of ecological life. Mark draws on Plato's notion that matter is a manifestation of mind, as well as how the sun was honoured in ancient Egypt; and Rupert explores how the sun is regarded in eastern religious practices, to suggest how it might be meaningful to relate to the sun today, as well as enjoy its light and warmth.
Oct 03 2016
26 mins
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Rank #7: Family Constellations

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In this Science Set Free podcast, Rupert Sheldrake and Mark Vernon discuss how we are not individuals but rather are more like nodes in networks. We are connected across living systems of families, organisations, cultures and spiritual traditions. The discussion focuses particularly on family constellations therapy, a way of examining how blocks and difficulties in life can be related to elements that we have taken on board from others. Rupert examines how this idea of inherited unconscious memory reveals what he has investigated as morphic fields. Mark asks how what is revealed in constellations workshops can be related to insights that can be traced back through psychotherapy to Plato and before. Details of Mark's next constellations workshop can be found on his website markvernon.com
Feb 02 2016
25 mins
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Rank #8: Transparent Minds

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Anthropologists have found that all over the world people believe that their minds are transparent to gods, saints, ancestors or other spirits. This is also true within the Christian tradition. As Europe became more secular in the 18th and 19th centuries, the idea that minds were transparent was secularised in novels, with the novelist having a view of the inner workings of other people's minds. And now our emails, phone calls and activities are under continuous surveillance, making this ancient belief a technical reality.
May 01 2014
31 mins
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Rank #9: Anatheism

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Rupert Sheldrake and Mark Vernon discuss whether atheism is a phase that many people go through, one widely recognised within spiritual traditions, a transition period in which ideas about God are discarded so that a deeper perception of the divine emerge. They wonder whether the same thing happens at a cultural level and so whether contemporary atheism is itself a phase leading to more vital conceptions of God.
Nov 06 2014
26 mins
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Rank #10: What the Greeks Can Teach Us

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Rupert Sheldrake and Mark Vernon discuss ancient Greek philosophy in the latest of the Science Set Free podcast series. They explore how the ideas and way of life of the Stoics, Platonists and others can help us today bridge supposed divides between science and spirituality. They also look at how Christianity adopted and developed older perceptions of reality and what this means for modern therapies and insights. The conversation is prompted by the publication of Mark's new book, The Idler Guide to Ancient Philosophy.
Jul 09 2015
27 mins
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Rank #11: Beyond Physicalism

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There is a growing new mood in science. The grip that scientific materialism has had on the scientific imagination is beginning to loosen. This is the philosophy that all things in the natural world can be reduced to the material level. But it seems as if the many everyday experiences that individuals have, in particular being conscious, which can't be accounted for by physicalism are forcing the possibility of considering alternatives. In this dialogue, Rupert Sheldrake and Mark Vernon consider what might be happening, how such a shift would make a difference in areas from health to parapsychology, and what might happen next.
Aug 15 2015
28 mins
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Rank #12: The Meaning of Rituals

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Human life is full of rituals, from shaking hands to venerating relics. But how do rituals work, how do they convey meaning? In this Science Set Free discussion, Rupert Sheldrake and Mark Vernon discuss how rituals connect us with people who have done them before, using Rupert's concept of morphic resonance. Rituals build up the collective memory and, be they religious or secular, are one means by which we can access an aspect of life that lasts over time. The conversation explores how rituals bring the sense of the past into the present, touch us in embodied as well as imaginative ways, and convert spaces into sacred places. They explore examples from the foundational rituals of social groups to the rituals of psychotherapy which can bring back memories of the past.
Aug 15 2016
22 mins
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Rank #13: Why is There Something Not Nothing?

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This ancient question has resurfaced in modern science and atheism. The discovery of the Big Bang as a beginning for the universe in the 20th century was a complete surprise, igniting a debate about what caused everything, space and time, to spring into being. The hint that a cause beyond science is implied has been picked up by prominent atheists who have tried to supply scientific accounts of "nothing" from which the universe - or a multiverse - could emerge. But they don't achieve their goal. In this Science Set Free podcast, Rupert Sheldrake and Mark Vernon explore how the ancient discussion of the relationship between something and nothing can profoundly inform the contemporary contemplation.
Jun 02 2016
28 mins
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Rank #14: What is Spirituality?

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Invoking a presence beyond our self for guidance and inspiration is a fundamental practice of spirituality. The word spirit is derived from its Latin ancestor: spiritus, "breath or wind." To be in-spired means for something to be breathed into you. In this dialogue, Rupert and Mark discuss a variety of spiritual practices.
Apr 09 2014
27 mins
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Rank #15: Cycles of Civilisation

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History shows that civilisations rise and fall. So where is the west in this cycle? Can the widespread sense of pending crisis - be it economic, environmental or political - be understood in relation to the ideas of Oswald Spengler, Owen Barfield or David Fleming? And can signs of new vitality, vision and participation be found, as if the crisis may also be the birthpangs of a new spirituality and consciousness? Rupert Sheldrake and Mark Vernon explore how a sense of connection and disconnection, excitement and fear, can be traced back to the thought of Isaac Newton and Blaise Pascal. They ask where its possible to discover soul.
Apr 28 2016
28 mins
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