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Ishmael


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Ishmael
In the past few centuries there have been a handful of books written that offer up ideas
about humanity that are so completely new to a reader but are so completely convincing
that they can force a reader to take a step back and assess all that they know to be true
about their life and their purpose. Daniel Quinn has succeeded in creating such a book in
Ishmael, a collection of new ideas about man, his evolution, and the "destiny" that keeps
him captive.

When I began reading Ishmael I was amazed by the ideas offered by Quinn. Like in Rambo and
the Dalai Lama by Gordon Fellman I was looking at the world not as it must be but as it
could be. I was very suprised and excited, that as a member of "generation X" that tries
so hard to create their own destiny, that I had never perceived or questioned "Mother
Culture".

In the first one hundred pages if Ishamel I found a number of convincing ideas that I
believe I will take away with me. The greatest of these being that the technology that we
believe will prolong our existence is the same driving force that propells us to
extinction. I believe that Quinn illustrated this idea superbly with his narrative of the
aeronauts. Man
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