5 Star Review
Einstein was not joking when he said "Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a persistent one."
This Global Book Awards Gold Medal winner explores the nature of human perception and consciousness.
This exploration delves into the process that gives us, as biology, an experience of reality, and explores whether this process creates, instead, a perfect illusion, beyond which reality itself remains hidden.
TotIs invites you to be a part of the discussion with Socrates and his friends as they consider the nature and process of human perception, the experience it provides us and its meaning for our view of reality and the universe we live in.
Through the same learned question-and-answer technique perfected by Socrates in the era of Classical Greece, you are guided through the counterintuitive world of modern theoretical physics, exploring the crossroads of relativity, quantum theory, and the way that our experience, as observers of the universe, renders our reality an illusion.
For novices and experts alike, Author J. Joseph Kazden, with considerable finesse, presents his keen insights in a clear and comprehensible way.
As entertaining as it is profound, TotIs illuminates a hidden truth about the unity of the universe that will have significant ramifications in areas ranging from philosophy to cosmology to spirituality--and beyond.
Book Editorial Review
In "TotIs" by J. Joseph Kazden, readers embark on a thought-provoking exploration of human perception and consciousness. This captivating book, recipient of the Global Book Awards Gold Medal, delves into the intricate process that grants us, as biological beings, our experience of reality. It poses a profound question: Does this process create an illusion concealing the true nature of reality itself?
Within this ambitious literary endeavor, the author masterfully assembles an exceptional ensemble of characters, featuring luminaries such as Socrates, Leonardo da Vinci, Albert Einstein, and Stephen Hawking. Gathering in a symposium that harkens back to the traditions of ancient Greece, these intellectual giants delve into a captivating dialogue centered around the theory of relativity and the profound notion of time's relativity.
Through the adept utilization of Socratic questioning, Kazden skillfully introduces intricate concepts with a gentle touch, rendering the exploration of subjects like quantum mechanics simultaneously captivating and approachable. In this manner, readers are seamlessly guided through a realm of thought that might otherwise appear daunting, ultimately fostering a deeper understanding and appreciation of these complex ideas.
Through an engaging narrative, "TotIs" invites the reader to join Socrates and his friends in a discussion that examines the essence and workings of human perception. By employing the same method of questioning and answering perfected by Socrates in classical Greece, the author guides us through the perplexing realm of modern theoretical physics. At this intersection of relativity, quantum theory, and our role as observers, we confront the notion that our experience of reality is merely an illusion.
Kazden's multidisciplinary background and lifelong pursuit of the nature of perception and reality shine through the pages of "TotIs." Drawing inspiration from Taoist, Buddhist, and Hindu thought, shamanic practices, and the study of physics and cosmology, the author skillfully weaves together a tapestry of knowledge that challenges traditional notions of reality.
J. Joseph Kazden exhibits exceptional finesse in presenting his keen insights in a manner that is accessible to both novices and experts. The book seamlessly intertwines entertainment and profundity, illuminating a hidden truth about the unity of the universe. The revelations within "TotIs" hold immense implications for a wide range of disciplines, from philosophy and cosmology to spirituality and beyond.
In this captivating exploration of perception and consciousness, Kazden unravels the intricate tapestry of our understanding. His clear and comprehensible approach ensures that readers can navigate the intricate landscape of modern physics and philosophical inquiry. "TotIs" offers a transformative reading experience that challenges our preconceived notions and expands our horizons. Very highly recommended.
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About 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.