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Dreams Jensen s furthest reaching book yet Dreams challenges the destructive nihilism of writers like Richard Dawkins and Sam Harris who believe that there is no reality outside what can be measured using t

  • Title: Dreams
  • Author: Derrick Jensen
  • ISBN: 9781583229309
  • Page: 189
  • Format: Paperback
  • Jensen s furthest reaching book yet, Dreams challenges the destructive nihilism of writers like Richard Dawkins and Sam Harris who believe that there is no reality outside what can be measured using the tools of science He introduces the mythologies of ancient cultures and modern indigenous peoples as evidence of alternative ways of understanding reality, informed by thJensen s furthest reaching book yet, Dreams challenges the destructive nihilism of writers like Richard Dawkins and Sam Harris who believe that there is no reality outside what can be measured using the tools of science He introduces the mythologies of ancient cultures and modern indigenous peoples as evidence of alternative ways of understanding reality, informed by thinkers such as American Indian writer Jack Forbes, theologian and American Indian rights activist Vine Deloria, Shaman Martin Prechtel, Dakota activist and scholar Waziyatawin, and Okanagan Indian writer Jeannette Armstrong He draws on the wisdom of Dr Paul Staments, author of Mycelium Running How Mushrooms Can Help Save the World , sociologist Stanley Aronowitz, who discusses science s lack of accountability to the earth, and many As in his other books, Jensen draws heavily from his own life experience living alongside the frogs, redwoods, snails, birds and bears of the upper northwest, about which he writes with exquisite tenderness Having taken on the daunting task of understanding one s dreams as a source of knowledge, Jensen achieves the near impossible in this breathtakingly brave and ambitious new work About The Author Activist, philosopher, teacher, and leading voice of uncompromising dissent, DERRICK JENSEN holds degrees in creative writing and mineral engineering physics In 2008, he was named one of the Utne Reader s 50 Visionaries Who Are Changing Your World, and in 2006 he was named Press Action s Person of the Year for his work on the book Endgame He lives in California.

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    1. Derrick Jensen

      Derrick Jensen is an American author and environmental activist living in Crescent City, California He has published several books questioning and critiquing contemporary society and its values, including A Language Older Than Words, The Culture of Make Believe, and Endgame He holds a B.S in Mineral Engineering Physics from the Colorado School of Mines and an M.F.A in Creative Writing from Eastern Washington University He has also taught creative writing at Pelican Bay State Prison and Eastern Washington University.

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    1. I keep trying to read and like Derrick Jensen, and I keep failing. My last serious attempt was with Endgame many, many years ago; and here I tried again. Again, I found I agreed with much of it, but the parts I disagreed with were as close to batshit insane as one can get within the printed confines of a book. As Dreams progressed it gradually became more and more repetitive, grandiose, bizarre and incoherent. By the end I was grimly hanging on with my fingernails just to be able to say I finish [...]


    2. This is Jensen's best book since A Language Older Than Words. While it is long-winded compared to his first book, as his later books tend to be, it could be read as a sequel to it. Contrary to what one unimaginative reviewer wrote, Jensen does not try to tell the reader what he or she ought to dream about, or that his own dreams as recounted in this book are the right kind. To the contrary, this book is about being open to epistemologies other than the one narrow as the eye of a needle that we a [...]


    3. Derrick Jensen is one of my favorite writers, In Dreams he is letting everyone who will listen know that our system is destroying everything in our world. He radiates outrage, kicking in all directions in his fury. I only wish that he was wrong about these things. He's not wrong. He's right: there is no reason to believe that the system of which we are a part, and which is destroying the Earth, is going to voluntarily dismantle itself for the good of all. It isn't going to happen. Derrick Jensen [...]


    4. I couldn't finish this book, after over 100 pages it was still unclear what the point of it all was and I'm not one to finish a book just for the sake of finishing it. Incoherent and rambling and at times just too far off the deep end. The best chapter was one where he paraphrases a conversation with a mycologist author, which made me think I should just read that person's book instead. While I think it's fair to argue for dreams to have meaning, such as revealing subconscious beliefs and emotio [...]



    5. Some good thoughts, but he rambles and rambles, and the book is twice as long as it should be. He seriously needs an editor.


    6. The next logical step in his series of long thought-provoking, anti-civ line of books. This one focuses on dreams (as the title may suggest) with a strong stress on how religion and science have played a role in keeping us from accessing those "other sides". He relates many of his dreams throughout, analyzing them with an anti-civ bent. His discussions on religion, science, and traditional cultures are very interesting, and sprinkled throughout are criticisms/musings on contemporary issues and c [...]


    7. Typical spirited Jensen. He many times makes acute observations on society that cause reader to self-reflect while also providing facts to back up his anti-civ message. I did feel he attacked Dawkins a little too much and could have definitely gone after the Christians a far bit more but I suppose many writers have already done that and Jensen likes to be a voice all his own. My other hang up is Jensen's tendency to repeat himself, which is prevalent in a all his books e.g. His love for salmon i [...]


    8. I read 30 pages, saw that Jensen apparently hasn't progressed in either theory or writing style since at least Endgame, and decided I didn't need to continue. I mostly agree with his position, but I already got my fill of it over half a decade ago. Move on already.It also rankles that he doesn't even attempt to convince the reader of his bizarre starting point; he just presupposes acceptance of his "other side" premise. "Lazy" is really the only way to describe it: his bloated stream of consciou [...]


    9. I enjoyed the first three quarters and then it got a bit hard to follow and too much about Jensen's personal issues. I agree with much of what he says and I can see that the present methods of trying to influence the powers that be is not enough, butI still think that if everyone started pulling back, eating locally, conserving energy it would help more than he suggests.


    10. This was my first experience with Jensen and I was blown away. Even if you don't agree with all of his ideas, he is an excellent writer. Everyone should read Jensen, even if everyone can't handle Jensen.


    11. I love Derrick Jensen's writing but it always depresses the hell out of me so I have to pull myself away before I sink into depression!


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