Is this real, or is this a dream?
Yes, to both. Just because this is a dream doesn't make it any less real.
Generally, people make a distinction between dreams and reality.
But dreams are just another part of reality. Strictly speaking, the only thing you can ever be sure of is that your own mind exists. Beyond that, it's a hopeful guess that the world you perceive is really there. So, if that's the case, what makes a dream any less real than anything else you perceive, or think, or feel?
Isn't that Descartes?
What you just said. That's Descartes' philosophy.
Yes, but he eventually decided that the physical world must exist because a benevolent God wouldn't allow him to be tricked so terribly, so he reasoned that he must perceive reality.
You sound doubtful.
I didn't agree with his logic. It hinged on the notion that being cleaved from reality would be cruel, but sometimes it's the lesser evil. But I deal in dreams. What would I kn