Dustin Arand on why becoming a father was an important catalyst to writing his book

Truth Evolves received a 4+ star review, making it an IndieReader Approved title.

Following find an interview with author Dustin Arand.

What is the name of the book and when was it published?

The book is called Truth Evolves and was published in April of 2015.

What’s the book’s first line?

“Puppies are not for sale in this house!”

I know it sounds weird, but the book actually opens with a story my mother tells about me when I was a toddler. I use it to illustrate how children use analogy to learn language.

What’s the book about? Give us the “pitch”. 

This is a book about how and why knowledge evolves, and about how understanding this evolution can help us better understand things like religion, art, morality, politics, and even how to find, or rather create, meaning in our lives.

What inspired you to write the book? A particular person? An event?

Becoming a father was the most important catalyst. I love to listen to NPR, and there is a segment they do sometimes called “This I Believe,” where they invite someone on to talk about something they believe in and why, and I thought to myself, “I should do something like this for my kids, to help them understand why I feel the way I do about these important and controversial questions.”

What’s the main reason someone should really read this book? 

How do words mean? How can things like morality or beauty feel objective, even as people have such strong disagreements about them? What can freedom mean in a deterministic universe? If you are the kind of person who is interested in these kinds of questions, you’ll really like this book!

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