Like the rest of the multitudes, I enjoyed Inception very much. Not only is it a intricately crafted work of cinema, it also creatively synthesized new findings in neurobiology, several strands of post-post-modern philosophy, and that familiar alien world known to all of us as dreams.
And it was much to my chagrin to see that top spinning at the end of the film. As soon as the credits began to roll, I knew what the conversation would be about on the way out of the theater, and sure enough, it was insipid debate over whether or not "It was all a dream." I don't want to get too bogged down in the foolishness of wondering whether the events depicted in Inception really happened or not, but I do want to use this as a shining example of people getting caught up in the wrong debate. And shame on Christopher Nolan for placating whatever studio boss who suggested that ending.