This book changed the way I understand myself and my world. Concepts like the manifest image and the center of the spider web are now part of my regular thought and speech patterns. Owen's analytic explanation of the origin of morality and ethics was my first answer to the question: how could morality have been built by a crane and not a sky hook?
I thought the book was just a little weak in relating to its title and purported theme: the problem of the soul. Flanagan built calmly reasoned, beautiful explanations of where religious ideas come from, did a wonderful job talking about how the scientific image integrates with our conception of our universe, wrote some fascinating stuff about identity, continuity of self, and morality- but I didn't feel like he ever brought it all together with a solid conclusion related to the soul.