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 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 give an opportunity to realize the connections with Ian's dilemmas and insights to some fo 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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    “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.”  

 

               

“An intriguing tale that will instill readers with an abiding sense of philosophical wonder. If you’re smitten with Sophie’s World, you’re sure to be entranced by The Dream Weaver.”

~Christopher Phillips, Author, Socrates Café

 

 “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, Ph.D., President, Birdcage Press and Author, The Impressionist Art Game

 

The Dream Weaver is an outstanding how-to-think book... [This book] is a philosophical odyssey that tackles the mysteries of life, of science, and of the meaning of reality.”                                                                                                       

~Susanne Pari, Author, The Fortune Catcher

  

 

Join 14-year-old Ian Pinkle through a series of strange experiences in this narrative exploration of philosophy.  With the guidance of his mentor, the mysterious “Old Man,” Ian, along with his parents and best friends, faces questions on major topics in philosophy:  identity, knowledge, God, free will.  By first presenting one view on the issues then proceeding to question that belief, this novel encourages readers to draw their own conclusions along with Ian.

 

For a free download of Ian’s theme song, “Beautiful Colors,” written and performed by Matt and Jack Bowen, go to www.dreamweaverphilosophy.com. For more philosophy resources, visit us at www.ablongman.com/philosophycafe.

About the Author:

Jack Bowen grew up in San Diego, and now teaches philosophy. He has a variety of interests. He first studied human biology at Stanford University, but a serendipitous discovery at the library led him to earn a Master's degree in Philosophy. He has spoken at conferences and published numerous journal articles, mostly about sports ethics. As a world class athlete, two-time All-American water polo player, alternate goalie for the '96 Olympic Team and member of the 2000 Olympic Training Team, he has coached high school and served as assistant coach of the Men's National Water Polo Team. As an avid musician, he has been the recording drummer on over 10 albums, most recently with Amboy Kelso, a Bay Area favorite.

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