I just read Ishmael and found it thought provoking in many ways. The central tenet seems to be that Taker culture, in its present course, has harmed and will eventually destroy the environment. I am familiar with much of the literature that supports this apocalyptic vision. However, I find Bjorn Lomborg’s book “Skeptical Environmentalist,” in which he discredits much of this premise, to be quite credible. My own research and observations put me in varying degrees of agreement with Lomborg. Do you have any comment on Lomborg’s research and have you considered the possibility that your assertions of imminent environmental destruction are exaggerated or simply false?

Yes, but how are the strategies proposed in Beyond Civilization supposed to eliminate pollution, overpopulation, crime, teenage pregnancy, substance abuse, poverty, police brutality, political corruption, racism, child abuse, violence against women, homophobia, pornography, violence in film and music, exploitation of the elderly, date rape, judicial malfeasance, insider trading, road rage, and media bias?

OK, I understand that there are biological mechanisms that are inherent in species that allow them (via instinct, not awareness) to keep their populations at levels that tie in with the availability of their food supply. But what about the notion that humans can consciously choose to have or not have children as a way of population control? I contend that if we don’t use conscious awareness as a means of limiting our population, the mechanisms that other animals use (ie, those animals who do not have the same level of conscious awareness as humans) may not work or be enough.

I would like to know Mr. Quinn’s thoughts regarding the Y2k computer “millennium bug.” To some experts, this could be the worst problem of the century and maybe of human history. Could this be one of the signals, that nobody can neglect, as the Takers’ culture collapses? If it happens, would it help to start a new vision of the world?

I think you there may be a problem with tracing it all to “totalitarian agriculture”. It is really “pure totalitarianism”, which has been called “original sin” or “hubris” by Christian theologians. And while you may be right in saying that our civilization believes that God placed humanity on earth to CONQUER it, you are wrong in implying that this is a Christian position. Christians believe that we are placed here as STEWARDS, not conquerors.