Time Sutra: Solving Time's Mystery Paperback – 1 Jan 2014
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About the Author
J. F. Johnson left a career in the geosciences, moved to a small town in the mountains of northern New Mexico, and for the last fourteen years has focused on the intriguing puzzle of time.
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His theories are deep and well thought out. Johnson makes a compelling case for the reader as he lays out his ideas and makes persuasive arguments for his particular conclusions. Not every reader will agree with his conclusions, but it certainly gave me a lot to think about, and any philosopher or researcher will have to consider Johnson's work as part of the lexicon of literature and thought on the topic of time, an area that few philosophers have exhaustively examined.
Instead of repeating too many of his ideas here, let me just summarize by saying that his perspective is that we cannot fully experience reality until we un-do some of the cultural training and misinformation we have absorbed about the nature of time. I believe his ultimate goal in providing his insights to the reader, is to encourage people to know a reality that is beyond time.
Years ago I did some unpublished academic research about Carl Jung’s concept of synchronicity. I came to the conclusion that there are connections in life which go beyond space and time, and forced me to question the notion of the linear progression of time. Johnson’s book gives me another way to look at the whole issue.
As I mentioned, it is not light reading. But if you have contemplated subtle aspects of reality such as the nature of time, you cannot pass this book by. It is truly groundbreaking. Once you grapple with the idea that time is an almost unfathomable topic, Johnson’s approach is very matter-of-fact and leads the reader to enter into an understanding of his insights and conclusions. Even though the topic of time is essentially a mystical topic, Johnson's step by step approach makes it seem obvious that his ideas are rooted in something substantial and tangible.
This is not for someone looking for quick entertainment. It is intellectually challenging and stimulating. This book is an absolutely required addition to the library of any serious thinker or philosopher and anyone who has contemplated the nature and reality of time. If you are interested in these topics, this book could serve either as your starting point, or your end point. It is filled with one insight after another.
As I have not delved into this topic with the same fervor as the author, there were some ideas and thinkers mentioned with whom I was not familiar. I guess Johnson anticipated this, as an easy to find, generous set of notes follows the manuscript, providing detailed explanations and context for each concept. In addition, a glossary is included.
I highly recommend this book Time Sutra to anyone who has pondered the nature of time or reality and to students of these subjects. It is an absolute must have for libraries, colleges, etc.
The book is extremely well-researched and written in a manner most readers can grasp. Perhaps fewer quotes and more personal examples as to how the author arrived at his conclusions might be a consideration. However, this is a scholarly work, and I highly recommend Time Sutra to anyone interested in theories and meaning of time. It should be on every college philosophy bookshelf and read by all interested in reconnecting with our original memory. Congratulations to J.F. Johnson for writing such a thought-provoking dissertation.
From the earliest philosophers and religious thinkers to today's scientists, physicists, mathematicians, authors and poets, the meaning of time has been as elusive as a morning mist while unraveling its mysteries as baffling as the string theory of the universe. However, Johnson, with his extensive knowledge and years of research on the subject, has compiled "Time Sutra" that is both informative and enlightening on the subject of time. He delves into the various aspects of the meaning of time, and thread of reason, as it relates to theology, science, psychology and literature and he has compiled some amazing theories on the subject.
The book is divided into seven components and 23 chapters comprising of individual essays starting with, "our understanding time to resolving the enigma of time," states Johnson in the preface. Is time an illusion, as Einstein once considered it, or memories of the past experiences that put into question the self-ego? Those are just some of the questions Johnson clarifies in detail.
Johnson uses numerous examples in illustrating his point of view. For instance he quotes the great Zen master Huang Po as saying "Beginningless time and the present moment are the same," and the Greek philosopher Parmendies who denied the reality of time, and novelist Somerset Maugham who wrote that reality "is eternal because its completeness and perfection are unrelated to time." Johnson has done an excellent job in framing a multitude of aphorisms that culminate into one cohesive text.
'Time Sutra' is a learning experience that should be enjoyed by many readers, scholars and students of philosophy. Not only are the essays vital in understanding each aspect of time's mysteries but the allegories Johnson uses throughout the book are in deed thought provoking enough to want to read the entire book. But there's more. Johnson has also included extensive end notes, a glossary, bibliography and index that makes 'Time Sutra" an important asset to any library which I highly recommend.