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The Dream Weaver: One Boy's Journey through the Landscape of Reality

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“How sure can you be that you’re not dreaming right now?”

“Up until now, completely sure,” I responded. “Dreams aren’t really anything like reality. Dreams are, well, they’re more dreamy. You can just tell. Things happen in dreams that don’t happen in reality. Usually, anyway.”

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 questions: How do we ...

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Overview

“How sure can you be that you’re not dreaming right now?”

“Up until now, completely sure,” I responded. “Dreams aren’t really anything like reality. Dreams are, well, they’re more dreamy. You can just tell. Things happen in dreams that don’t happen in reality. Usually, anyway.”

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 questions: 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 questions 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 questions themselves--and to be philosophers themselves.

Alongside Ian's story are annotations that connect Ian's dilemmas and insights to some of the most renowned thinkers throughout history. Whether Ian is creating universes to explore the apparent paradoxical issues of evil, or playfully addressing (and solving!) the chicken-or-the-egg question, he will provide all readers with both "a ha!" moments and moments that challenge their most firmly rooted foundations. And all the while, there's a nice little surprise waiting at the end.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780205528868
  • Publisher: Pearson
  • Publication date: 2/26/2008
  • Series: Alternative eText Formats Series
  • Edition description: Anniversary Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 432
  • Sales rank: 691,353
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Jack graduated with Honors from Stanford University in Human Biology and earned a Masters Degree in Philosophy from CSU Long Beach, Summa Cum Laude. Currently, he teaches philosophy at De Anza College. Jack has been invited to speak at philosophy conferences throughout the world and has also published in numerous philosophy journals.
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Table of Contents

Foreword

Preface

Note to Reader

Chronological List of Philosophers Encountered by Ian

This is the Title of the Prologue.

A Note from the Old Man.

1. Knowledge.

What Really Really Happened.

2. Self, Mind, Soul.

What’s In a Name?

3. Science.

We Are It.

4. Liar.

Silent Lonesome Tree.

5. God.

The Purpose of Meaning.

6. Evil.

The Price of a Paper and a Paper for a Price.

7. Going East.

No Thing.

The Problem with Solutions.

8. Faith and Reason.

Why He Loves Her.

9. Free Will.

The Power of the Hill.

10. Selfishness (and Science revisited).

The Power of the Quill.

11. Heaps and Eggs.

The Hanging Town.

12. Society, Politics and Money.

If Only.

13. Ethics and Morality.

Can You (Not) Believe It?

14. The Final Excursion.

15. The Words After All Previous Words.

Reading Group Discussion Questions.

Lyrics to "Beautiful Colors"

An Interview With the Author

Index

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