Description - Summer Dreaming by Jon Page
Written, as he says, with no clear purpose except to keep his 'mind active and help with some peculiar thought processes', Jon Page states that his book 'was never meant to be a serious book on the analysis of dreams'. The book describes over 60 of the author's dreams from the summer of 2007. We are shown recurrent themes in these dreams, some of which are familiar, some very personal. There is selective analysis of the dream content - the author, being a computer guru, takes a systematic approach with text structure. His dominant formula for each dream provides an introduction, a concise description of the most significant features and a selection of key points of interest. Jon Page argues clearly and convincingly that vast amounts of information are processed via these amusing and often surreal dreams. They are used by the brain for 'data mining'; searching for associations which may help make sense of situations and perhaps predict the future.
On reading this book, it is easy to agree with the reader who says that 'Summer Dreaming represents a very interesting experiment: the coherent study of one person's dreams, allied to a convincing and well thought out argument for a new hypothesis of dreaming, all of it couched in the author's lively and entertaining prose. We learn a great deal from his experiment, and what is more, have fun along the way; and you can't do much better than that.'
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Author Biography - Jon Page
Jon Page is the Managing Director of Mentus Solutions Ltd, a company focused on helping clients evaluate, select and implement funny things called Data Warehouses. Jon's job is very technical and has brought him into contact with many people across the world, of all races and religions. Indeed, travelling for work and holiday is one of Jon's great passions and he can count sixty countries visited so far. It's surprising therefore to find that such a well-travelled person speaks no languages except English, a fact that he is not proud of! Football is a second passion and this book, Jon's sescond, reflects these two obsessions very clearly. A gifted public speaker, Jon has authored a great many technical papers but had never considered a book on dreams until the summer of 2007. Having had a number of vivid dreams in that period, dreams that he could clearly remember the next morning, he started to write them down and his 'dream book' came to life. Perhaps his greatest achievement with this book in particular is that it has made many of his friends remember their own dreams and be able to describe them clearly to others - that is a lovely gift indeed.