Consciousness Cafe Upcoming Event
The Royal Seven Stars, The Plains, Totnes

Thursday, 26th September, 2019

Arrival time: 7:30 for 8:00 to 10:00 

Dr Mark Vernon – ‘A Rediscovery of Meaning: the past, present and future of consciousness’

We live in a time marked by crisis in Christianity, spiritual experimentation for many, and struggle amongst scientists to understand the nature of consciousness. This combination is no coincidence. In this talk and discussion, Mark Vernon will explore the ideas of Owen Barfield to present a novel account of what’s happened, what it means today, and where it might lead in the future.
Barfield realized that the human experience of life shifts fundamentally over periods of cultural time. Our perception of nature, the cosmos and the divine changed dramatically across history. Drawing on his new book, A Secret History of Christianity: Jesus, the Last Inkling, and the Evolution of Consciousness, Mark will tell the inner story of this 3000 years of evolution, and how the present situation emerged with the Reformation, scientific revolution and Enlightenment. Following Barfield, he also argues that there is meaning in the disenchantment and alienation experienced by many people today. It is part of a process that is remaking our sense of participation with life.

Dr Mark Vernon is a writer, broadcaster, psychotherapist and former Anglican priest. He contributes to programmes on the radio, writes and reviews for newspapers and magazines, gives talks and podcasts. His previous books have covered themes including friendship and God, ancient Greek philosophy and wellbeing. He has a PhD in ancient Greek philosophy, and other degrees in physics and in theology. For more see

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