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Book Discussion: Ishmael

  • Mar 8, 2014 · 2:00 PM

The Book Group will meet at USNH on March 8 to discuss Ishmael: An Adventure of the Mind and Spirit by Daniel Quinn.  In case of bad weather, we will meet on a later date. 

The narrator of this extraordinary tale is a man in search for truth. He answers an ad in a local newspaper from a teacher looking for serious pupils, only to find himself alone in an abandoned office with a full-grown gorilla who is nibbling delicately on a slender branch. "You are the teacher?" he asks incredulously. "I am the teacher," the gorilla replies. Ishmael is a creature of immense wisdom and he has a story to tell, one that no other human being has ever heard. It is a story that extends backward and forward over the lifespan of the earth from the birth of time to a future there is still time to save. Like all great teachers, Ishmael refuses to make the lesson easy; he demands the final illumination to come from within ourselves. Is it man's destiny to rule the world? Or is it a higher destiny possible for him-- one more wonderful than he has ever imagined?

The book is widely available at public libraries and at on-line and retail bookstores. Refreshments will be served.

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  • Kevin & P.

    Terence McKenna, author of "The Archaic Revival" -

    "We're talking about the fate of a whole planet. Why are people so polite? Why are they so patient? Why are they so forgiving of gangsterism and betrayal? It's very difficult to understand. I believe it's because the dominator culture is increasingly more and more sophisticated in its perfection of subliminal mechanisms of control."

    March 9, 2014

  • Kevin & P.

    Interview from 2008 with Daniel Quinn:

    March 9, 2014

  • Kevin & P.

    A few links from yesterday's discussion regarding solar energy:

    Review of Spain's solar experience (and EROI calculation):

    Interviews (print and audio) with Ozzie Zehner, author of "Green Illusions" (an excellent book):

    March 9, 2014

  • Kevin & P.

    “We have usurped many of the powers we once ascribed to God. Fearful and unprepared, we have assumed lordship over the life or death of the whole world—of all living things. The danger and the glory and the choice rest finally in man. The test of his perfectibility is at hand. Having taken Godlike power, we must seek in ourselves for the responsibility and the wisdom we once prayed some deity might have. Man himself has become our greatest hazard and our only hope. So that today, St. John the apostle may well be paraphrased: In the end is the Word, and the Word is Man—and the Word is with Men.”

    —John Steinbeck, Nobel Prize for Literature acceptance speech, 1962

    February 28, 2014

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    A former member

    I am carless in New Haven. I would love to attend, but is there a way to get there from East Rock that isn't driving?

    February 26, 2014

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