Friday, March 6, 2020

Book Review: 'TotIs' by J Joseph Kazden

‘What is actually real and what is illusory?’

Author Joseph Kazden has embraced the sciences – mathematics, physics, chemistry, psychology, as well as the experiential disciplines of Yoga, Martial arts, Tai Chi Chuan, Zen Buddhism, Taoism, Hinduism, First Nations, non-western native cultures, and the study of altered states. The result – one of the most accessible and illuminating books on philosophy for both the erudite and the uninitiated!

In his Preface, Joseph states ‘Albert Einstein once famously said, “Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one.” This book is an exploration and illumination of the nature of that illusion and the true nature of reality itself… this book’s entire company combines and synthesizes their [the great philosophers] thoughts and the thoughts of many others who have contributed to our understanding of ourselves, our world, and the universe we live in. Standing on the shoulders of these great creative giants and gazing our over the landscape they have surveyed, I recognize the great debt and gratitude owed to them.’

Organizing his book into meaningful chapters, Joseph addresses the relationship of probability and manifest reality, time, relativity theory, simultaneity, sensory interpretation, biological experience, quantum mechanics, Free Will, consciousness, wave particle duality and so much more – all related in a manner that makes the book accessible to everyone. His totIs universe becomes comprehensible, - in part because he offers the philosophical concepts in the form of stories. This is a fine introduction and/or review of philosophical, spiritual and cosmological concepts. Grady Harp, March 20

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