“Rainstorm of Tomorrow: The Ever-Flowing Banquet of Philosophy” by Renyuan Dong


Renyuan Dong
MSI Press (2020)
ISBN 9781950328192
Reviewed by Tammy Ruggles for Reader Views (09/2020)

“Rainstorm of Tomorrow: The Ever-Flowing Banquet of Philosophy,” by Renyuan Dong, puts a new face on philosophy. Stephen Hawking once declared philosophy dead, but all it needed was a modern approach. This author illuminates three ideas: Truth, Ethics, and Aesthetics, in a way that gives tired philosophy a face-lift, by integrating today’s science, psychology, and behavior into the equation. Renyuan Dong covers complex themes that we’ve all thought about but sometimes don’t know how to understand or verbalize, like, What is truth? Can we understand nature? What is the nature of reality? What does it mean to be human? Can we live a perfect life? Will we evolve into immortality? What is right and wrong? What is beauty? The author seems to be saying that these questions are important but may not have an answer in the tangible realm; it takes seeing ourselves as more than human.

If you’ve ever thought that philosophy was outdated or needed a shot in the arm, then you aren’t alone, and Dong’s book is a welcome doorway into upgraded thought appropriate for our time. His material can be complex at times, but it can lead you to wonder and open your mind to new ways of thinking. This is what philosophy is all about. I enjoyed how he explains that we humans only use a small fraction of our abilities, see only a portion of what is view-able, and understand only a sliver of what is knowable.

This book will challenge you to think outside the box but doesn’t ask you to replace your own beliefs or ideas. It’s a journey into new philosophy, using modern ideas of science, neuroscience, evolution, behavioral science, and art. It asks you to expand your experiences and thoughts, to think broadly, in a more universal way–more at-one with nature and the universe and less tethered to the confines of technology, the media, or our immediate physical senses. The author’s use of a tree to illustrate his points is effective and relatable, and I like his discussion on how we give certain meanings to words.

My favorite part is his ideas on aesthetics and how we humans define beauty or are attracted to certain shapes and organization of patterns. Images are also included to help explain things. He doesn’t dismiss classic philosophy–rather, he invites you to build upon it. “Rainstorm of Tomorrow: The Ever-Flowing Banquet of Philosophy,” by Renyuan Dong, is a thought-provoking, inclusive work for today’s thinking reader.

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