Dreams

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Jensen's furthest-reaching book yet, Dreams challenges the "destructive nihilism" of writers like Richard Dawkins and Sam Harris who believe that there is no reality outside what can be measured using the tools of science. He introduces the mythologies of ancient cultures and modern indigenous peoples as evidence of alternative ways of understanding reality, informed by thinkers such as American Indian writer Jack Forbes, theologian and American Indian rights activist Vine Deloria, Shaman Martin Prechtel, Dakota ...

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Overview

Jensen's furthest-reaching book yet, Dreams challenges the "destructive nihilism" of writers like Richard Dawkins and Sam Harris who believe that there is no reality outside what can be measured using the tools of science. He introduces the mythologies of ancient cultures and modern indigenous peoples as evidence of alternative ways of understanding reality, informed by thinkers such as American Indian writer Jack Forbes, theologian and American Indian rights activist Vine Deloria, Shaman Martin Prechtel, Dakota activist and scholar Waziyatawin, and Okanagan Indian writer Jeannette Armstrong. He draws on the wisdom of Dr. Paul Staments, author of Mycelium Running: How Mushrooms Can Help Save the World, sociologist Stanley Aronowitz, who discusses science's lack of accountability to the earth, and many more. As in his other books, Jensen draws heavily from his own life experience living alongside the frogs, redwoods, snails, birds and bears of the upper northwest, about which he writes with exquisite tenderness.
Having taken on the daunting task of understanding one's dreams as a source of knowledge, Jensen achieves the near-impossible in this breathtakingly brave and ambitious new work.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781583229309
  • Publisher: Seven Stories Press
  • Publication date: 4/5/2011
  • Pages: 624
  • Product dimensions: 5.84 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Activist, philosopher, teacher, and leading voice of uncompromising dissent, DERRICK JENSEN holds degrees in creative writing and mineral engineering physics. In 2008, he was named one of the Utne Reader’s "50 Visionaries Who Are Changing Your World," and in 2006 he was named Press Action’s Person of the Year for his work on the book Endgame. He lives in California. 

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Table of Contents

Preface ix

Where Dreams Come From 1

Other Sides 7

Slavery 19

Monotheism 31

Removing Meaning 47

Demons 55

How Do We know? 63

Extinction 75

Fungi 83

Life Wants to Live 95

Trusting Nature 121

Science 129

Progress 151

Local Mythologies 177

Limitations 185

Human Sacrifice 193

The Bear 203

Sickness 213

Materialism 223

Reciprocity 233

Possession 251

Ablaze With Meaning 263

Proof 293

The End 313

We Are Not the Point 329

Significance 337

Whom Do You Serve? 349

Zombies 361

Wisdom 371

Blasphemy 391

Thieves 399

Gambling 411

Stupidity 421

Fate 439

Then Make It Fair 459

We Can't Have It All 475

Uncertainty 485

Knowledge 497

The Murder of the Planet 507

Relationships With Other Sides 515

Finding Your Own Way 537

Those Who Do Not Wish Us Well 543

Nothing Quite So Much as an Accident 549

The Night After 553

Notes 559

Bibliography 595

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