5.0 out of 5 stars A stunning blend of science, philosophy, and cutting analysis and humor
Reviewed in the United States on May 28, 2021
Tom Arant here does what thousands of writers before him have failed to do -- he persuasively and methodically picks apart our basic understanding of reality and presents an alternative view, all while relying on sound, easily understandable science. His basic point that reality is not what we imagine is argued so clearly and brilliantly as to eclipse the accomplishments of many great, more celebrated writers before him. Though in some cases he seems to overreach -- for instance, he suggests early on the possibility of a demon conspiring to prevent him from writing the book -- he does so with such style and verve, it's hard not to take his suggestions seriously. This brilliant tour de force from a first time writer author is not to be missed by anyone who wishes to have a fresh understanding of life and meaning. Pick this up and open the door to having some of the most interesting conversations you've ever had!
"A powerful argument that will leave some readers questioning everything. The transparency of the writer - including his personal beliefs, qualifications, and thought processes - gives the writing ample credibility; Arant is trying to make a point, but not push an agenda. This book takes readers on a comprehensive and unpredictable route through science, philosophy, and the history of cognition. Regardless of your level of expertise, there are brilliant gems of insight within these pages, and a compelling argument for challenging the paradigm of our shared reality."