Loading
Note: Beware of a website proclaiming to be New Tribal Ventures/An Ishmael Community! Do not reply to any request for information. Our legitimate pages are available on our site here & on the navigation to the left.
HOME

DQ on Facebook!Follow Us on
 Facebook!


FIND OUT ABOUT
What's new
Daniel Quinn
Daniel Quinn's books
Schools & courses
Telephone Conferences
This website
New Tribal Ventures
Ishmael's Annex
Speaking Invitations
Events

THINGS TO DO
Register
Visit Guestbook
Find others
Help us
Order books
Contact us
Telephone Conferences
Special Requests

THINGS TO READ
Essays
Speeches
Dialogues
Parables
Answers to Questions
DQ's suggested reading
DQ's Blog

FOR TEACHERS
The Ishmael Companion
Beyond Civilization
 Study Guide


  The Ishmael Community: Questions and Answers

The Question (ID Number 429)...

    I always end up in conversations about your book in hopes of introducing someone to a different way of viewing the world and our place in it. I get lots of arguments, but one that I haven't been able to get around is that "What makes man different from animals is the ability to reason. Dogs don't reason and remember and can't make decisions like we can. That's why we're so special."

    ...and the response:

    You're involving yourself in an irrelevant argument. The fact that we're "different" from birds doesn't mean that the laws of aerodynamics don't apply to us. The fact that we're "different" from elephants doesn't mean that the law of gravity doesn't apply to us. Our being different doesn't exempt us from any known physical, chemical, or biological law. All the difference in the world will not save us if we topple the ecological systems that sustain the entire community of life on this planet. Concede that we're different---every species is different---and go on from there.


Go Back OR return to the Questions & Answers OR Browse to the Next Question
Site design and content, © 2018, Daniel Quinn