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Phantom Horizons: Chuang Tzu Plays Solitaire

Updated: Oct 27, 2023

5 Star Review

Reviewed by Michael Beas

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J. Joseph Kazden's book "Phantom Horizons: Chuang Tzu Plays Solitaire" explores the difficult subject of what reality is and how illusions affect our perceptions of it. This provocative investigation tests our comprehension of the world as we know it.

Though it seems indisputable, Kazden skillfully conveys the idea that our reality is a complex illusion. By drawing comparisons to the horizon—a limit that appears to be tangible—the author guides us on a trip to comprehend how our sensory perceptions and the real world differ from one another. This philosophical journey is intriguing and thought-provoking.

The book deftly uses two motifs to explain these thought-provoking concepts. It illustrates ideas about life, fate, illusion, and action via fables and stories in a way that only myths and legends can. We are taken to a realm of ageless stories and old wisdom that deepen our comprehension of the human condition.

The lively discussion between CT and Bella in a local bar also adds a relevant and modern layer to the investigation. Their conversation, which revolves around a solitaire game, provides a grounded viewpoint on the abstract ideas of real versus imaginary. The complexity of their discussion challenges the readers' assumptions about reality.

"Phantom Horizons" asks us to reflect on the subtle differences between the real and the imagined and to consider the nature of our perceptions. A fascinating voyage into the mysterious domains of illusion and reality, J. Joseph Kazden's book combines deep philosophical insight with a masterful storytelling style. It makes readers consider the limits of their comprehension, which deepens their knowledge of the complexity of the world we live in.

About the Author

J. Joseph Kazden

J. Joseph Kazden was born in Brooklyn, New York, and he studied mathematics, chemistry, and psychology in college during the early 1970s. Deeply influenced by the ideas of such thinkers as Carl Jung and Joseph Campbell, he began a lifelong pursuit of the nature of perception and reality. This led to the study of Taoist, Buddhist, and Hindu thought, along with shamanic and First Peoples rituals and practices, in addition to continued study in physics and cosmology, focusing on the counterintuitive nature of the reality described by relativity, quantum mechanics, and particle physics.

In the early eighties, he began a career in art, focusing on images generated by the psyche, which Jung called archetypes of the collective unconscious. Believing that the world we experience is not ultimate reality, he came to an epiphany in 2012. This book is the culmination of this journey and the expression of that epiphany.


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