The Dream Weaver: One Boy's Journey through the Landscape of Reality, by Jack Bowen. Join 14-year-old Ian Pinkle through a series of strange experiences in this narrative exploration of philosophy. With the guidance of his mentor, the mysterious “Old Man,” Ian, along with his parents and best friends, faces questions on major topics in philosophy: identity, knowledge, God, free will. By first presenting one view on the issues then proceeding to question that belief, this novel encourages readers to draw their own conclusions along with Ian.
Jack Bowen grew up in San Diego, and now teaches philosophy. He has a variety of interests. He first studied human biology at Stanford University, but a serendipitous discovery at the library led him to earn a Master's degree in Philosophy. He has spoken at conferences and published numerous journal articles, mostly about sports ethics. As a world class athlete, two-time All-American water polo player, alternate goalie for the '96 Olympic Team and member of the 2000 Olympic Training Team, he has coached high school and served as assistant coach of the Men's National Water Polo Team. As an avid musician, he has been the recording drummer on over 10 albums, most recently with Amboy Kelso, a Bay Area favorite.