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  • The Question (ID Number 582): I'm presently doing a research on Quinn's books and their relation within others books. What I would like to know is when exactly The book of Nahash was published. You seem to mention that The tales of Adam were written between 1979 and 1982. But I'd like to have the publication date. I'd also like to know when Quinn's first book was published and what was the title. There seem to have a lot of versions of Ishmael and therefore I'd like to know when it all began.

  • The Question (ID Number 574): In The Story of B, I got the impression that the Antichrist is going to be responsible for "The Great Remembering". Wouldn't that make Christ responsible for "The Great Forgetting"?

  • The Question (ID Number 569): In a recent Q&A you stated "... the author of any literary work doesn't begin with an idea and then set out to fabricate a story to convey it. Rather, it's very much the other way around." I wonder if you might expound on this a bit because it was my understanding that Ishmael was a story fabricated specifically to convey certain ideas. Am I wrong?

  • The Question (ID Number 562): A book was recently written by an author named Richardson B. Gill that is being hailed in the anthropological community as the last word in explaining the collapse of Mayan civilization. In short, Gill attributes the collapse to factors almost solely related to drought caused by global weather pattern fluctuations involving active volcanism in the region and a related shift of the mid-Atlantic high pressure region over the Yucatan peninsula in the ninth and tenth centuries A.D. He has come up with tough-to- dispute geological and meteorological evidence for the presence of these climate fluctuations and it is due to the nature of this evidence that he is being continually lauded in academia as the man who finally solved the Mayan mystery. I know you have stated that droughts are not sufficient cause for the end of a civilization, but he's talking about unheard of die-out-rates of over ninety percent for both the Mayan and hunter-gatherer populations in that geographic region. This seems to me to be precedent for the end of a civilization by means of almost pure physical deprivation. If they indeed "walked away", I think it was more due to an interpretation of the Gods' perceived condemnation of the Maya's previous way of life. In essence, "look what it brought on its people", hence the vandalism. Basically, when people can't get water, they die. How does this affect your own personal thesis on the Mayan collapse?

  • The Question (ID Number 560): Have you ever thought of writing a children's book outlining ideas covered in Ishmael, The Story of B, and My Ishmael? As you've indicated in your writings, children are like sponges for information - why not start at an early age to make the largest impact? It's never too late or too early to save the world.

  • The Question (ID Number 559): I am a U.S. sailor recently returned from a deployment to the mideast. While I was out there I read a couple of your books. "Ishmael" and "The Story of B". As most of your readers have said.... I was profoundly moved by your work. However, I do not know how to balance my choice of a career with my choice of philosophies. I guess my question is; Do you think it's worth ruining my future by leaving the service early or should I try to be as active as the military allows and finish my time?

  • The Question (ID Number 534): In Providence, you describe how you became disenchanted with the Catholic Church. You described how the Church's actions seemed to reject you. I know this isn't quite the case, but it serves well enough for me to pose the question. Why did you automatically assume the Catholic Church was speaking directly for God, as they claim to do? I have been raised Catholic and I began to realize that it was just a big show. I assumed that the Catholic Church could not speak for God, that he could only speak for himself. See, I was still clinging to the thought of a singular, heavenly, benevolent God. What made you decide to abandon GOD instead of just the structure of the CHURCH?

  • The Question (ID Number 530): In Beyond Civilization, you mention an incident in which you almost killed someone. Since you write "remind me to tell you about it sometime," I'm reminding you.

  • The Question (ID Number 528): Sign language has played a significant role in the plots of both The Story of B and After Dachau. Is there any special reason for this that you''d care to reveal?

  • The Question (ID Number 521): My growing and learning beckons questions which crave answers. One particular area in my studies, is man's "spirituality." When asking myself about the essence of "religion," I also want to feel back to what "religion" was before the Great Forgetting (GF). I feel the animist-glow sometimes and then follow the linear evolution until the ability to think in abstract ways seemed also to form (or allow room) for "the gods/God," etc. I trust I'm making sense to you: the concept I'm trying to convey.

    So all this brings me to question WHAT IS spirituality? Taker or not, how does one enact his story on a spiritual level accordingly? Sure, the Buddhists, Christians, etc. (as well as the Lakota, Souix, for that matter) have some beautiful expressions of spirit (whatever that is). As a Taker, I sensed the need for "salvific" religion. As an awakened Taker, I feel the need for something deeper. If the Lakota Indians' "religion" wasn't salvific/salvationistic (which it wasn't), it was their spirituality nonetheless. Doesn't "religion" (spirituality) come enter the scene wherever abstract thinkers are (mankind)?

    Of course I realize that their spirituallity was more of a perception of the world, etc. whereas our religions often include reactive laws, rituals, etc. In the evolution of things, including mankind with his amazing brain/mind, is there room for us to evolve in "spirit?" What is your opinion of the direction we are to move (spiritually), if "spiritual candy" is simply "candy" which will not save the world? Are you saying we should simply not eat candy? Wait. I know you're not saying that! I've read enough (and listened) to know better! If spiritual candy will not save the world (which it appears it cannot), then what's the use of it? More personally, if I may, how do you express your "spirituality?" Are we just a biomassive blob bouncing around the earth, or is there a deeper realm of reality? Does the term "universal consciousness" or "soul of the universe" make you laugh? What do you distance yourself from, and to what do you draw near?

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