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The Inverted Spectrum: Student Book
Book Two of the Noumenal Realm Trilogy
This novel, for middle and high schoolers, is part of an innovative philosophy curriculum that uses engaging stories to introduce students to important philosophical concepts. The story is centered on John Locke’s famous thought experiment about a man who suddenly perceives colors the opposite of how he used to see them. In it, two middle schoolers enter virtual reality to solve Locke’s mysterious disappearance in order to save one of their classmates from a thought experiment gone awry. In the process, they learn about empiricism and its connection to the birth of democracy.
The Inverted Spectrum is the second book in the Noumenal Realm Trilogy, which focuses on the unconventional educational initiatives of an institution called the New Smithsonian Foundation, whose aim is to educate the children of America through virtual reality experiences instead of through the Smithsonian Institution’s dusty museum artifacts. In this novel, middle schoolers Jonah and Roslyn must solve the mysterious disappearance of philosopher John Locke in order to save one of their classmates from a philosophical thought experiment gone awry. In the process, they learn about empiricism and its connection to the birth of democracy.
The storyline of this volume focuses on John Locke’s famous thought experiment about a man who wakes up one morning to find that he perceives all of the colors opposite of how he used to see them. This thought experiment shows that we can’t know how others perceive the world. But what if other aspects of our consciousness could be inverted? The young heroes of this novel discover that consciousness is what gives human beings personal identity and a basis for political equality.
Although each novel in the trilogy stands alone, it is best to read them all, and in order, to enjoy the full effect of the storyline.
There is an accompanying guidebook for this novel. (See below.)