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Jack Bowen's novel is like traveling with Alice to a Wonderland inhabited by the greatest philosophers and scientists who ever lived A triumph Wenda O'Reilly PhD President Birdcage Press and Author The Impressionist Art Game How sure can you be that you're not dreaming right now? The hero of The Dream Weaver young Ian Pinkle encounters a world full of the unknown With the help of a mentor and a friend or two he sheds light on some of life's most difficult uestions How do we determine morality? What is the meaning of life? Does God exist? How can we determine Truth? Fairness? What are the mind and soul like? Ian in his playful curious manner addresses these uestions in a way that lets readers develop their own answers and in doing so he guides the readers through a history of philosophical thought in a clever conversational and even adventurous style This allows readers to think for themselves ask uestions themselves and to be philosophers themselves

10 thoughts on “The Dream Weaver One Boy's Journey through the Landscape of Reality

  1. says:

    PROs Lots of topics covered Simple and interesting intro to philosophy Opinions of many philosophersCONs Too simplistic even for an introduction Very bad ideas are made to seem tenableThis is a very broad book attempting to cover most philosophical topics self mind ethics metaphysics science etc and does a pretty good job at showing different philosophical thoughts across the millennia Unfortunately with such a broad scope many influential philosophers are overlooked particularly contemporary ones and the ones that are talked about are naturally dumbed down My main problem with the book is that every argument is treated as eual even when the argument is obviously terrible and has been refuted thousands of times One such example is Paley's watchmaker argument which he made pre Darwin and has since been shown to be untenable The author pretends like it is perfectly acceptable to dismiss evolution and pretend we are the product of magic This is not good philosophy I'd recommend getting an introduction book that focuses on single philosophical topics

  2. says:

    I have no words to justify this book and how amazing it is It's philosophical without being completely confusing It made me think about God and science and point of view I really like that the book doesn't try to answer uestions but merely offers views to the issues

  3. says:

    A textbook barely disguised as a novela 14 year old who speaks and makes leaps of understanding like no 14 year old I have ever know the format of deconstruction then reconstruction of thoughts and marginal uotations that interrupt the narrative all made for an annoying readThe point of the book I gather is to help facilitate understanding of philisophical ideas and theories It did that and while my philosophy professor assured our class we would enjoy the book I did not

  4. says:

    A great way to open your mind and explore different ideas A great introduction to philosophy that is very creative and very fun to read

  5. says:

    Overall This is a good SUPPLEMENT for any philosophy or logic course that’s mathscience heavy and a uick run down of basic principles is okay If you use this to supplement a study for a conceptessay heavy philosophy course then this will fall short of your expectations A good uick read to change your outlook for the new year The Good This book really is able to explain philosophical concepts in a way that isn’t foreign or loaded with words that confuse even I really like how the author was able to allow us to be able to make our own connections with the topic It helps to solidify things from my logic class The BadThe book does not go in depth the way that many people would want The book also uses a narrative to work through what was going on while alienating people because of juvenile narrative You couldn’t even begin to go in depth because the main character is a child which keeps the discussion on the surface The UglyThere’s no real clear mapping of each philosophical concept and what branch it relates to or even what the concept even is There was so much jumping around in the order of the concepts even going from one random branch of philosophy to another that I would have been confused on how the branches of philosophy are connected or not connected

  6. says:

    This was a weird funky and sometimes fun book to read Even though sometimes I had to think about some of the concepts discussed in there other times I simply read while thinking of some other stuff I didn't see the ending coming and I was expecting a different result but I have learned to accept it since I finished the book I wouldn't recommend it to somebody who really loves philosophy and all that it signifies but for amateurs like me I think it's a nice exercise for the mind I wouldn't read it again though but I would read it to my children when the time comes

  7. says:

    Oh dear A bit of dud don't you think?I appreciate the effort to do philosophy with young people but this book is so dull and lifeless that I could not get my students into it even when I let them read it in their native language Chinese a scholarly publisher commissioned a translation which I must say is impressively accurate This was last spring For much of 2015 I thought that Sophie's World was a much better choice tackling similar material but from a historical perspective and with a human story But it turns out the kids mostly hate both books because they are too obviously didactic I'm in my mid 30s and I guess I like didactic literature because for me taking a little time from work and family to do some learning is fun But to kids with lives lived mostly in school or doing stuff for school didactic literature is unlikely to work especially when served up by a teacher So these days we just read Dostoyevsky and come up with our ethical and intellectual commitments ourselves in conversation If I want to do something systematic then probably I would read Bertrand Russell's A History of Western Philosophy with the students Go big or go home

  8. says:

    The Dream Weaver is filled with many mysteries brain twisters and scenarios that are slightly tricky Since I read the Dream Weaver for a Philosophy course I spent a lot of time analyzing the book and I definitely made a large number of connections to it The novel is based on philosophy so its really tricky and hard to wrap your brain around but once you get your brain there you suddenly enter a world of thoughts that never seem to leave Overall I had mixed feelings on the book; some chapters I enjoyed and some were boring and not entertaining On the other hand I did enjoy the theories that were shared in the book and how the young character Ian was guided through a world of philosophy that he yet did not know of it made me feel like I was there learning with him I recommend this novel to anyone interested in learning about philosophy or to someone who is interested in learning theories sharing ideas or fascinated by the world itself

  9. says:

    A really great intro to philosophy book and what really sparked my interestlove for philosophy The book briefly introduces the reader to major philosophical issues such as God evil science self mind soul knowledge free will society politics money and ethics and morality It is by no means a resource to read in depth on a particular topic but a great introduction to get you asking uestions about some of the major themes The topics are also introduced in a uniue way as a discussion between a young boy and his parents after having a dream where an old man shows him many examples that gets him asking lots of uestions Bowen writes these complex and confusing topics in a really easy and understandable way for people who have never read much philosophy before

  10. says:

    I must say this book was a revelation for me Although I usually tend to be interested in science and pragmatic it opened an important window in my character Now I really consider studying for a degree in philosophy I recommend this book to anyone who has that latent curiosity hidden somewhere inside