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The Ishmael Network Reading List

    These resources are suggested by readers. Ishmael Network members can add their suggested readings by logging into their record here... Please note that this list is neither compiled nor reviewed by Daniel Quinn. It should not be assumed, therefore, that he either endorses these books or agrees with the comments made about them. This statement holds true for the Ishmael Webmaster as well.... As of Friday, April 20, 2018 there are 880 books in the suggested reading list. Here is an easy to print list of everything...)

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  • In the Absence of the Sacred. The Failure of Technology & the Survival of the Indian Nations by Jerry Mander has been suggested by Ishmael Network member Becky Hatton...and Becky has this to say about the book: "I read this book before reading Daniel Quinn's ideas. It really shook me up. It takes on our cultural belief that technology is a neutral tool that can be well used or misused. It is a book that makes us look more closely at cost of the technologies we think we benefit from."
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  • In the Spirit of the Earth: Rethinking History and Time by Calvin Luther Martin has been suggested by Ishmael Network member John Weiland...and John has this to say about the book: "Explores the relationship between civilization building and the worship of 'sky gods' in the generation of human insanity."
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  • In Watermelon Sugar by Richard Brautigan has been suggested by Ishmael Network member Cera Marshall...and Cera has this to say about the book: "this is the sweetest utopian story i have ever read -- brautigan creates a world (on the outskirts of the "forgotten works" where the remnants of an old civilization lurk and where the undesirable parts of the story originate) where the characters love one another and live harmoniously everyone should read this book once or twice at least to be able to say that they have read something that has the full title of "In Watermelon Sugar the Deeds Were Done and Done Again as My Life is Done in Watermelon Sugar"."
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  • Ingwe by M. Norman Powell has been suggested by Ishmael Network member Kevin Jarvis...and Kevin has this to say about the book: "Nature is our Teacher."
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  • Initiation by Elizabeth B. Jenkins has been suggested by Ishmael Network member Hummer Pleshe...and Hummer has this to say about the book: "Dan's works center on "there is no one right way" The Incas and their predecessors and descendants, by focusing on energy have lived a facinaringly different cosmology for millenia. Jenkins focuses on a specific Andean process (that of an initation into the Andean priesthood) but to explain the process she and her mentor, Juan Nunez del Prado, give fascinating illustrations from the culture of the Inca. Energy is not "good" or "bad" but finer or denser. Their society was based around the small group in tens and multiples of ten, called "ayllu". They interacted on the basis of "ayni" or reciprocity and taught and cared for each other. And still do. Different; not good/bad, not dominating; not "Taking" for the sake of greed. Recirocity. (I have more at http://humrhums.livejournal.com)"
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  • Inner Work by Robert A. Johnson has been suggested by Ishmael Network member Josie Kraft...and Josie has this to say about the book: "Explains "conscious living" - how to access our unconscious and how doing so relates to our overall being. Explains how the glaring negligence in this area in today's Taker society has caused so many of our problems, and how inner work can change one's life forever. Explains why and how the "Leaver" societies were and are successful and so much more complete. I believe it is essential to become "conscious" and be at peace with one's Self before significant changes can be made in others around us."
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  • Intimate Nature The Bond Between Women and Animals by Linda Hogan has been suggested by Ishmael Network member Miranda Laufenberg...and Miranda has this to say about the book: "This book includes essays from many women from many different cultures. An exerpt of the intro states: "In recent years, according to Earth-Time, humans have lost their more intimate relationships with animals as peers, teachers, and kindred allies. For centuries now, male priests, doctors and scientists have declared animals a territory to be approached with objectivity and detachment. And in these last centuries we have become increasingly deperated from animals and the natural world. We've been taught to see them as creatures who have no soul, no capacity for pain, emotion, intelligence, or worth. In Claude Bernard's 'Physiology' he states that 'Aman of science no longer hears the cry of animals, the blood that flows....he sees only his ideas.'" The book continues in the form of essays written by women on how they connect with the animal world and how the white-man (as a population-not individual) has, in my words, royally screwed things up. For me, it articulates the same message Ishmael does, but it does so in what we call a non-fiction way."
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  • Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer has been suggested by Ishmael Network member jonathan k...and jonathan has this to say about the book: "gives the story of someone who finds pyramid building intollerable."
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  • Introduction to Permaculture by Bill Mollison has been suggested by Ishmael Network member Sue Hayes-McQueen...and Sue has this to say about the book: "Like Ishmael et al., Permaculture is a way to work with the earth that makes sense. It is realistic and achievable for most of us, and has changed my life as much as Ishmael."
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  • Invisible Cities by Italo Calvino has been suggested by Ishmael Network member David Cloyd...and David has this to say about the book: "I just think this book is amazing in terms of the creation of dream worlds that sound so impossible, but that you can find anywhere you look."
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  • Irrational Man by William Barrett has been suggested by Ishmael Network member Richard McGuire...and Richard has this to say about the book: "a history of the philosophy of existentialism. the world we create is based on our beliefs."
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  • Ishmael by Daniel Quinn has been suggested by Ishmael Network member William Morgan...and William has this to say about the book: "This is the first step to an open mind."
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  • Ishtar Rising : Or, Why the Goddess Went to Hell and What to Expect Now That She's Returning by Robert Anton Wilson has been suggested by Ishmael Network member Evan Sarver...and Evan has this to say about the book: "All of Robert Anton Wilson's works might be of interest to a reader of Daniel Quinn's books, but this one in particular might strike a chord. As with all Wilson's writings, he takes you on a deep and often humorous journey through the human mind, leaving you with a new paradigm by the end of the book. Beware to those who have very STRONG opinions, as Wilson will certainly challenge them in ways that might enrage. Wilson is one of those authors that you either love or hate, and most of his books are this way too. Ishtar Rising provides valuable insights into the divine female and the earthly female."
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  • Island by Aldous Huxley has been suggested by Ishmael Network member Bill Clary...and Bill has this to say about the book: "Huxley's last novel is his vision of a better way to live. Its chief benefit is showing how one can conceive of a different way to live."
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  • Isle of Woman by Piers Anthony has been suggested by Ishmael Network member Becky Robare...and Becky has this to say about the book: "Isle of Woman is the first in a series of novels of human history, which includes Shame of Man, Hope of Earth, and Muse of Art. A picture of human history is offered, from the beginning of genetic humans, to the beginning of agriculture, and to the present and future, where the lifestyle determined by this culture has been broken completely. Different visions are offered of humanity's future journey, but all agree on one point: that a continuance of the present way will literally mean the end of the world as we know it."
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  • ismael y la salvacion de la tierra by daniel quinn has been suggested by Ishmael Network member ramiro iturbe...and ramiro has this to say about the book: "yes"
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  • Jesus or Jehovah by Patricia Cabaniss has been suggested by Ishmael Network member Patricia Cabaniss...and Patricia has this to say about the book: "The Bible has been traditionally hard to read in that Jesus appears to have said and done two diferent things or said them about the same subject. Whereas in fact two entities or gods have been purposely woven into one in order to create confusion.Common sense is applied to the Ishmael theme story and it is the return to common sense which will take our world forward out of the mess that we have created.This book shows that when things do not make sense there is a reason.It is when we take the blinders off that we understand that if they do not make sense it will not work. So has religion never worked to help the world.It has created separation and that must end."
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  • Jesus the Son of Man by Kahlil Gibran has been suggested by Ishmael Network member Thomas Wood...and Thomas has this to say about the book: "I myself have never fallen into the all relenting free faith of religion and so have in growing up harbored a resentment for the people, and their notions, who did. This book presents a empathetic and unassuming look on a subject who has been misquoted more than anyone I can think of."
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  • Jitterbug Perfume by Tom Robbins has been suggested by Ishmael Network member Adam LaMontagne...and Adam has this to say about the book: "Eye-opening, heart wrenching love story of the ages. A must read for those who appreciate good literature and a refreshing view of the world."
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  • Jonathan Livingston Seagull by Richard Bach has been suggested by Ishmael Network member Laurie Sutton...and Laurie has this to say about the book: ""This book is a classic, and shows how we can soar higher and open our minds in ways we never thought of before. Like "The Story of B," it makes us think about life in ways we never dreamed of. It shows us that our potential, and the directions we may travel, are limited only by our narrow focus. This is a book about dreaming big."
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  • Jonathon Livingston Seagull by Richard Bach has been suggested by Ishmael Network member Michael Negrete...and Michael has this to say about the book: "This book taught me that being different is what makes us special"
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  • Journey to Ixtlan by Carlos Castaneda has been suggested by Ishmael Network member Deke Beakley...and Deke has this to say about the book: "Among Carlos Castaneda's body of work, Journey to Ixtlan is the best digest of the complete lessons of Juan Matus, the author's teacher, a yaqui indian warrior and shaman in the 1960's. Don Juan talks about the origions, purposes, limitations, properties, and alternatives of consciousness in man, and also much on the subject of ancient knowledges and how exactly the encroachment of industrial society was at that time destroying this knowledge forever (this process is nearly complete in the present day, of course.) The main lesson? You'll have to read it, but it is essentially, "what is Don Genaro's journey to Ixtlan?," and what does it mean that it is neither finished nor ever will be?"
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  • Journey to Ixtlan by Carlos Casteneda has been suggested by Ishmael Network member Ron Bracale...and Ron has this to say about the book: "Instruction from a Native American Shaman, a member of a true remaining leaver culture, providing a very good example of a Leaver view of what it means to be Human to the fullest."
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  • Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton has been suggested by Ishmael Network member Michael Chobot...and Michael has this to say about the book: "This book, along with the Lost World, is a must read for everyone who wants to improve their mosaic of vision. This book gave me new ideas to be able to better teach those who I think need to hear all the ideas on this website(which is everyone i meet). If you want to teach this vision, you should read Jurassic Park. (and the Lost World)"
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  • Just a Couple of Days by Tony Vigorito has been suggested by Ishmael Network member Sonya Jayna...and Sonya has this to say about the book: "Just a Couple of Days presents a wonderful vision for the future of humanity. It's so difficult to describe it, since it is a future beyond the limitations of language. I call it a merry-hearted apocalypse, but only so long as it's understood that the word apocalypse derives from the Greek verb, apokalyptein, which means to uncover or to unveil. It's about the unveiling of all illusion."
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  • Kabloona by Gontrain De Poncins has been suggested by Ishmael Network member Kristin Oliver...and Kristin has this to say about the book: "Kabloona is the story of one of the last Europeans to see an unspoiled, indigenous lifestyle; what makes it different from other books of its sort is that Gontrain went to live with the Eskimos of Canada's harshest regions simply out of desire, out of love. To be honest, he was a little obsessed, but it was encouraging that his intellectual curiosity fueled him to observe and experience, as opposed to the normal 'veni,vedi,vici' attitude so many other explorers promote. He wasn't there to change anything, just see. However, it isn't a scholastic anthropological study, it is the personal notes of a man on a quest to find happiness and himself. Also, the author was suprisingly self aware and worked to overcome his cultural bias, considering it took place before World War 1 when cultural elitism was nearly universal. Anyway, it was refreshing to see how people are so beautifully adapted, and how happy we are in a tribal enviroment."
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  • Kids by Meredith Small has been suggested by Ishmael Network member Victoria Bugado...and Victoria has this to say about the book: "this book continues where "Our Babies, Ourselves" left off."
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  • Kin of Ata are Waiting for You by Dorothy Bryant has been suggested by Ishmael Network member Fanona Grace Isaac...and Fanona Grace has this to say about the book: "Kin of Ata. . .shows the power of dreaming, the thin veil of what is "real", and a beautiful culture quite different from our own."
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  • Lamb by Christopher Moore has been suggested by Ishmael Network member Anna Schults...and Anna has this to say about the book: "It gives a fascinating spin on who Jesus really was. It tells the story of Jesus from age 6 to when he starts preaching. It's complete fiction, but I really liked some of the idea's presented. I guess it relates to the Story of B, in that such religions are the epitome of takers, but it shows a different side to that. "
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  • Lame Deer Seeker of Visions by John Erdoes has been suggested by Ishmael Network member Kobin Caddick...and Kobin has this to say about the book: "This is another life-changing book like Ishmael. John "Fire" Lame Deer does an excellent job dissecting western society from a "leaver" point of view. He gives away many secrets of the Native American way of life and makes you realize that it was the "white man" chasing the "green frog skin" (a.k.a. money) that really destroyed an entire continent of leavers in a matter of a few hundred years. By explaining the ideas and values metaphorically portrayed in Native American ceremonies and dances, Lame Deer sheds some light on Quinn's overly idealistic portrayal of "leaver" culture. Lame Deer also shows that Native Americans did not lead such a savage way of life after all but had a great respect for their environment and their animal "brothers". The story of Lame Deer's life is itself fascinating and he draws many similar conclusions as Quinn."
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  • Larry the Penguin Searches for the Meaning of life by charles belser has been suggested by Ishmael Network member jonathan k...and jonathan has this to say about the book: "another persons view on how silly salvationist religions are. fun to read too."
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  • Leadership and Self-Deception by The Arbinger Institute has been suggested by Ishmael Network member Court Donner...and Court has this to say about the book: "Resonating with Daniel Quinn's observation that the world will only change due to people thinking differently, Leadership and Self-Deception uses a dialogue-style narrative (also like Quinn) to convey very real ideas. This book deftly fills its outline with example after example of how one's personal thinking affects the surrounding world. An engaging and thought-provoking read."
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  • Leadership and the New Science by Margaret Wheatley has been suggested by Ishmael Network member haley myers...and haley has this to say about the book: "All I can remember is that both changed my life. Wheatley's book encouraged me to think about my leadership role as connected to all those I interact with, on what level I influence them, and how to amplify tenuous connections in the universe or your own network. It is fabulous and based partly on chaos theory -- there is a pattern to chaos if you let it develop over a long enough period of time. "
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  • Learning From Hannah by William Thomas, M.D. has been suggested by Ishmael Network member Lise Pellerin...and Lise has this to say about the book: "Although this is primarily a book about aging and taking care of the aging population from another perspective than our own, it is also a vision of what a culture would look and feel like that is Leaver. What changes would be needed in our perceptions and what results would transpire from those changes. Develops principles for said Leaver culture."
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  • Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman has been suggested by Ishmael Network member Benjamin Bormann...and Benjamin has this to say about the book: "Whitman was certain of his unity with the world. Reading his poems, though he wrote them in the late 1800s, is like hearing a Leaver people's songs and stories. Very much in step with Quinn's books and the ideas he's helping to spread. Not to mention it's simply great poetry. A deep philosophy, a deep spirituality, a deep sense of belonging, a deep understanding of the need for change, a deep hope -- all things Whitman overtly covers in his poetry."
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  • Letters at 3 AM - Reports on Endarkenment by Michael Ventura has been suggested by Ishmael Network member David Kaar...and David has this to say about the book: "Deep cultural criticism, see Shadow Dancing. He also has written novels and screen plays. Check him out at Amazon or BN."
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  • Letters from The Earth by Mark Twain has been suggested by Ishmael Network member Josh Trimble...and Josh has this to say about the book: "This takes a light hearted aprouch to Daniel Quinns vision of religion. Makes you look at certain points in Christainty a differant way."
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  • Lies My Teacher Told Me : Everything Your American History Textbook Got Wrong by James Loewen has been suggested by Ishmael Network member Matthew Lasek...and Matthew has this to say about the book: "Find out how many false myths Mother Culture breathed in to your impressionable little ears in grade school."
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  • Life After God by Douglas Coupland has been suggested by Ishmael Network member Robert Doerzbacher Jr....and Robert has this to say about the book: "Far and away one of the best books I've ever had in my hands, Life After God did as much for me as Ishmael has. Coupland presents a series of wonderful, straightforward messages from the viewpoint of an individual raised without religeon. Easy to read in a single sitting, the author takes his audience on a compelling journey that reflects on topics such as love, happiness, and emotion in a life void of faith."
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  • Life Is a Miracle by Wendell Berry has been suggested by Ishmael Network member Mark Grable...and Mark has this to say about the book: "There are mysteries which are sacred, and the only way to know them is to speak to them, and to do considered, human scale, community benefiting, work with them. Science can be a superstition, a received "knowlege", a creed. In this case, we are working for it, it isn't working for us, or life. And other cautionary tales of hubris."
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  • Life of Pi by Yann Martel has been suggested by Ishmael Network member Zoë Nathan...and Zoë has this to say about the book: "Life of Pi speaks of survival, ideology, and the spirit through the voice of an Indian zookeeper's son, who after converting to Islam, Christianity, and Hinduism, finds himself on a life raft with one very large Bengal tiger. Piscine, the narrator, dispells conventional falacies about the nature and instincts of animals, both those seen as ferocious and those regarded as harmless, cute creatures. He provides a refreshing perspective of the motivations of his sailing companion, and of the tiger's flexibility in adapting and surviving in any given circumstances. This book illustrates how animals regard humans merely as one of many curious species within the great community of life, regardless of how humans conceive themselves."
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  • Life on the Other Side by Sylvia Browne has been suggested by Ishmael Network member Richard Matwichuk...and Richard has this to say about the book: "A clear picture of why we are here and what happens after bodily death from a professional psychic and master hypnotist. Will bring a sense of inner peace to anyone afraid of death."
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  • Lifehouse by Pete Townshend has been suggested by Ishmael Network member Julie Zydek...and Julie has this to say about the book: ""daniel quinn's" visions are seen in other books written by authors oblivious to his existance.... anway... pete townshend's book, lifehouse, is a play script. it was written as a sequal to "tommy", but the people (whoever manages and ..alkdj) didn't like it. so it was aired in ocotober '99 on the bbc. it contains a six cd box set of music written especially for pete's play (lifehouse chronicals) there is one cd called lifehouse elements, and most of the music was put on the who's "who's next" album. after failing in the 70s to finsih pete's story of a man living in times where culture is drained, he is still working on it, producing music, etc. it is a story of a man in search of his daughter who ahs run away from home. the culture is drained from the aspects of culture, and people are stuck and glued to tv. everything is polluted and dead. it is much like the commercial and materialsm now. a character, nown as the hacker, requests the presence of everybody at a place known as the lifehouse, where personal information of people is translated into synthesizers and computers, created a song special for each and ecery individual. this is where ray, te main character's, daughter is (with the hakcer). the story goes back and forth to the life of ray when he was a child (rayboy), and his adult and amrried life. he runs into rayboy, and his imaginary friend called the caretaker, who basically takes (ad took) care of ray/rayboy. "take care!". although i just finished the book, i don't remember what esle. YOU read it. don't be stuck ondaniel quinn or ayn rand.... explore what a rock star thinks, what a child thinks... what you adn everyone else thinks. "
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  • Life's Operating Manual by Tom Shadyac has been suggested by Ishmael Network member Ken Johns...and Ken has this to say about the book: "It creates a dialogue about how we came to be who we are as a people and society. It also gets you to think about what each of us can do reconnect with each other."
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  • Lights Out: Sleep, Sugar and Survival by T.S. Wiley has been suggested by Ishmael Network member jim kotowski...and jim has this to say about the book: "Details health aspects of "taker" vs. "leaver" lifestyles, in the perspective of our interrelationship with the planet and with other organisms. A bit technical at times, but written in a colorful, and sometimes downright funny style. The consequences on our mental, emotional and physical health of living our of synch with the sun and the seasons."
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  • Lila - an Inquiry into Morals by Robert Pirsig has been suggested by Ishmael Network member Sand Walker...and Sand has this to say about the book: "Lila is about tribal values vs. Western Civilization values-some of are losses"
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  • Limited Wants, Unlimited Means: A Reader on Hunter-Gatherer Economics and the Environment by John Gowdy has been suggested by Ishmael Network member Terry Shistar...and Terry has this to say about the book: "I read this book because it is on Daniel Quinn's list. The title and the academic format are a little intimidating, but most of the papers in this volume are quite readable. Moreover, the book is not just about economics--it is about a number of things that make hunter-gatherer cultures work--like various forms of sharing. The older papers at the beginning of the volume, which told about (then) existing cultures, left me feeling hopeful. The later papers, which told of the demise of many of the cultures, were more discouraging. The final papers, dealing with the future, are very thought-provoking."
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  • Limits to Growth by Dennis Meadows has been suggested by Ishmael Network member Nils Seeger...and Nils has this to say about the book: "deals with the survival of man in times to come"
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  • Live Right For Your Type by Peter D'Adamo has been suggested by Ishmael Network member Stephen Kiernicki...and Stephen has this to say about the book: "Dr, D'Adamo presents a way of looking at people, diet, and lifestyle according to individual, genetically determined body chemistry. An interesting observation is that the different blood types appeared just when humans living conditions changed. Using this knowledge,as well as the groudwork laid by DQ and others, we can take steps to increase our societies' individual and collective state of well being."
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  • Lives of A Cell: Notes of A Biology Watcher by Lewis Thomas has been suggested by Ishmael Network member Patrick Ryan...and Patrick has this to say about the book: "I read this before "Ishmael" and can now relate Thomas' observations of living objects to our need to reselect a way of life. Thomas points out how the concept of cellular activity is the basis for all life and can be superimposed to to higher forms of living (i.e. cell,organ,lifeform, family,community,and in Quinnian, tribe). Most cellular means of life benefits the passing of information and the success of the nucleus/tribe. This adds more depth to DQ's vision and observations; A way of life not only patterned after macroscopic organims, but also after the fundamental forms of cellular life."
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