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Andrew    #16362
Scranton    PA USA     Posted: Wednesday, March 6, 2013 at 9:30:0 CST (GMT -6:00)

If anyone is hungry for some free-form, thread-based discussion about Daniel's ideas outside of the linear Facebook/Twitter/Guestbook realm, I recently found an existing forum on Reddit called Leavers ( For those unfamiliar, Reddit is a website with discussion forums (or "subreddits") related to just about anything you could possibly imagine. Leavers is small and mostly dead right now but it could be fun to get some activity going. It requires an account to post (free and quick to register). Note: Daniel does not endorse this forum, he does not own it, nor is he responsible for its content.

Rebecca Oakley    #16361
Tallahassee    Fl USA     Posted: Monday, March 4, 2013 at 18:11:0 CST (GMT -6:00)

Would love to meet others who have read this book :)

Sam    #16360
   USA     Posted: Monday, February 11, 2013 at 11:47:0 CST (GMT -6:00)

Hello Reacher--Go to the navigation links in Under THINGS TO READ, click on Answers to questions. Type Jesus into the first search box. Here is one in particular: Question number 475. Who is Jesus for you.

Daniel adds: "No one on earth possesses the definitive answer to this question. I'm flattered that you would think I would be the exception. The existence of an historical Jesus is debated and undoubtedly will continue to be debated till the end of time. I'm not qualified to have an opinion. For many (or perhaps most) the matter is decided by faith. I'm sorry that I can't settle it for you."

Reacher    #16359
Flagstaff    AZ USA     Posted: Monday, February 11, 2013 at 4:58:0 CST (GMT -6:00)

Struggling withe question of Jesus' corporeal existence: is the legend based on the life of a real man? Help!

Dan Hanrahan    #16358
Baltimore    Maryland USA     Posted: Saturday, February 2, 2013 at 16:50:0 CST (GMT -6:00)

just read ishmael in a day - i couldn't put it down. thanks, d quinn for igniting the needed discussion: is the planet here to serve us or are we just another group in the web of life her. first option no longer looks tenable. we proceed from there.

Travis    #16357
   MI USA     Posted: Friday, January 25, 2013 at 13:32:0 CST (GMT -6:00)

this book completely changed my view and opened my perspective to a broader range of understanding the society and nature in which i live. I didn't really know where my life was going, and Ishmael has given me a clearer path and more comprehension on where my life is heading. Incredible stuff

Ivy Talaga, 31 Hill Rd    #16355
Fox Lake    IL USA     Posted: Wednesday, January 23, 2013 at 18:46:0 CST (GMT -6:00)

Just read Ishmael at the recommendation of a friend. Great book!! Its good to know there are other like minds out there, the more of us the better.

Thanks so much for your work and for spreading the word.

If you have a mailing list, please add me to it.



Full Circle    #16353
   Canada     Posted: Wednesday, January 16, 2013 at 8:9:0 CST (GMT -6:00)

Just finished reading Ismael last night and decided to check out the links to the website provided in the book. I read The Story of B, and My Ishmael many years ago and found that it did so much to confirm my already existing world view that something is wrong. Very wrong.

And that a more natural and caring way of existing on this planet in tune, and in harmony, with the rest of life on it is not only possible, but critical to the future.

I spend a good bit of time on the internet on various forums and try to get people to understand that this is a biosphere we are living in, and not man's playground. I often will use DQ's quotes to help get the point across, but it sadly feels like it falls on so many deaf ears.

I point out how we are encroaching on, and taking over, every bit of land at the expense of other life. Not only for our farms, but for our lifestyle. Where will the animals go? Why must everything else die so that we can live? This world is breaking my heart.

What can I do? Most of the time I feel like I have to be a voice for the animals against the cacophony and thunderous noise of man's chest-beating.

Sam    #16352
   USA     Posted: Monday, December 31, 2012 at 15:24:0 CST (GMT -6:00)

Hi All--Be sure and click on the Facebook Button, top left, to visit Daniel Quinn's Public Figure Facebook page. You will find comments from Daniel and readers of his works. You can add your own comments. Cheers! Sam

Hari Heath    #16351
Santa    ID USA     Posted: Monday, December 31, 2012 at 14:44:0 CST (GMT -6:00)

I have thoroughly enjoyed the Ishmael books and welcome contact from others who wish to live outside the cage of "Mother Culture" and create a better future.

Reacher    #16350
Flagstaff    AZ USA     Posted: Friday, December 21, 2012 at 22:26:0 CST (GMT -6:00)

Well, I couldn't help myself from "touching up" the first paragraph a bit. I might have made it more messy, but I hope I made it more honest. Maybe I added some of the things you liked!

Cheers, Reacher

Sam    #16349
   USA     Posted: Friday, December 21, 2012 at 5:29:0 CST (GMT -6:00)

Daniel's reaction to Reacher's comment on the Wikipedia article on Animism.

There is no one who "speaks for" animism in the sense that the pope can be said to speak for Roman Catholicism or that Luther can be said to have spoken for Lutheranism. There is much in the Wikipedia article that I find worthwhile, but much of it makes me think of people who have never seen an elephant trying to figure out what elephants are like. I don't claim to speak authoritatively on animism, but I've endeavored to bring it to life as an organic whole, from within, as opposed to trying to match it up with bits and pieces of "primitive" cultures, as outsiders tend to do.

Reacher    #16348
Flagstaff    AZ USA     Posted: Thursday, December 20, 2012 at 18:14:0 CST (GMT -6:00)

Ha! I admit that had only viewed the first 20 or so minutes of ZEITGEIST: Moving Forward, back when I made the previous comment. Thanks for the correction. Pretty silly utopianism from the middle toward the end, there. Like the reason I see Derrick Jensen as only somewhat useful: much better for exposing how things are than suggesting what to do about it. ZEITGEIST points nowhere useful in looking for how things could be --- must be --- in any kind of human future. But I digress: point taken, I stand corrected.

I signed back on to put out a call for a little help. I recently typed "animism" into Wikipedia, only to find a mess of compromises. So my call is this:

Does it matter? If it doesn't, fine. But I wonder if someone with the skills might help that article...

And by the way, the "WHAT A WAY TO GO" documentary linked on this website does seems to be a much more salient critique of our culture.

It's something I love showing people.

I hope it's okay to put a link here:

Best wishes! -Reacher

Andy Sweet    #16347
Salt Lake City    UT USA     Posted: Sunday, December 16, 2012 at 10:11:0 CST (GMT -6:00)

I've been trying to change the world my whole life.

Mark Downing    #16346
Chipping Sodbury    South Gloucestershire UK     Posted: Saturday, December 15, 2012 at 6:14:0 CST (GMT -6:00)

Guns have the potential to cause great harm, clearly, but perhaps more fundamental is the culture which embraces them, and which produces people whose minds are so mangled that they can pull the trigger. Guns are more like a symptom of the disease, albeit a lethal one.

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