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An Experiment with Time by J.W. Dunne
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Feb 09, 08

bookshelves: tolkien, philosophy, psychology, consciousness, metaphysics, nonfiction
Read in January, 2007

What a fascinating book, one that is now mostly forgotten but that inspired a generation of early- and mid-twentieth-century writers, including Flann O'Brien, J.R.R. Tolkien, Verlyn Flieger, and, indirectly, the writers of the TV series Lost. Dunne observed that he had precognitive dreams, but with a twist. The inferences that he makes from that about the nature of time are well worth examining, even though I personally think that his arguments are flawed. But the ideas themselves and his analysis and development represent a brilliant creation that deserves to be re-examined and enjoyed on its own terms.
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