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Summary Ishmael By Daniel uinn ê PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free An Adventure of the Mind and SpiritThe 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 sle Are you the sort of person who hears other people discussing books and finding yourself wondering how they can even form opinions on stories I mean either you like it or you don t right Well if that s you then read this book The Giver and Siddhartha if that sounds like too much substitute Jonathan Livingston Seagull for the latter Once you ve done that you ll feel all sorts of strange emotions and ideas swirling around inside you and you too will be able to talk about how a book made you thinkThen you should watch Donnie Darko which will become your favorite movie and you can talk about how movies made you think too Soon you ll be readin and thinkin and talkin up a storm It s just like a dog who eats grass so he can understand horsesThis book may seem impressive if you don t have much experience with philosophy history sociology or theology but the ideas in this book are about as complex as what you d find in a college freshman s paper And uinn has an agenda he wants to convince you so all of his ideas are simplified and mixed up to support his conclusions Whether he did this deliberately to convince the reader or accidentally in the process of trying to convince himself isn t really important which is really worseFor example in his retelling of the Cain and Abel story he completely conflates Hunter Gatherer societies with Pastoral Nomads which makes his entire argument murky It s just another example of the Noble Savage in balance with nature thing which is terribly naive Native cultures often transformed the land around them and drove animals to extinction as evidenced by the way mammoths were hunted until none remained One archaeological team on the West Coast of America discovered that the local tribe had been systematically killing and eating all the animals in the area Looking through the piles of discarded bones they d find the tribe hunted and ate one animal until there were none left then moved on to a different animal Eventually the diseases brought by Europeans reached them and their population was greatly reduced and then the animals began to flourish againThe whole notion that humans used to be in balance but no longer are is a fuzzy dream and not useful for anyone trying to look at the world and the problems we face Humans are not the first animals to cause extinction we re not even the first to cause worldwide atmospheric change leading to mass extinction It is a gross oversimplification like all of the arguments in this book and one that was already a uarter century out of date among ecologists by the time uinn was writingYou might ask why is this a problem isn t any book that gets people to think worthwhile but the problem is that through oversimplification and emotional appeals this books actually sets out to shut down independent thought in the reader It isn t asking hard uestions as much as it s giving out easy answers It is trying to tell you how things are instead of inviting you to uestion the world for yourselfBeyond that the philosophy it presents is a rather insidious one at its core The idea that there is some great natural order to things is very comforting because it makes the world sensible predictable and easy to understand If there is such an order then we can simply trust in it give ourselves up to it and let the rest take care of itself It becomes a passive attitude a uestion of faith in the systemBut the idea of the natural order has been used and is still being used by power structures against the people Jan Smuts Prime Minister of South Africa wrote on it extensively using it to set up and maintain apartheid arguing that since colonial Europeans had conuered large parts of the world therefore it was their natural state to rule and that it was natural for native populations to be ignorant and subservientLikewise when the powerhouse thinktank the Club of Rome presented The Limits of Growth in 1972 proposing that the only way to prevent ecological disaster was to maintain things as they are now indefinitely protesters pointed out that this policy would support the status uo keeping the same people and structures in power instead of trying to improve or change our current system and of course the club was made up of the same political leaders businessmen bureaucrats and economists who would have the most to lose if any change were made in the current systemBy the seventies there was already a sea change taking place in ecology and it was becoming clear that far from being in a state of self correcting balance the natural world was constantly shifting and changing that animal and plant populations varied widely from year to year and decade to decade even in isolated populations where you would most expect to see euilibrium reached The problem becomes that anyone who believes that some structure must be there underlying everything is going to trust that at a certain point that structure will balance things out automaticallyIt s like walking a tightrope and just assuming there must be a net below you that will catch you when you fall a dangerous assumption to make especially when we know it s not true Taking action to stabilize our world on our end but just trusting that natural balance will take care of things on the other end is the height of irresponsibility and bound to throw things even out of whack A in depth look at the progression of ecological theory can be found in part 2 of the BBC documentary All Watched Over By Machines of Loving GraceIn the end mixed in with wrong headed assumptions and out of date theories uinn gives us nothing than the most simplistic basic conclusions about the world Should people be nice to each other Yes Should we destroy the things that keep us alive No We all know that We don t need uinn to tell us And we all know that solving problems is harder than saying that things could be better I just went as deep as this book goes and I didn t even need to give you lectures from a magical talking monkey The Santangeli Marriage you the sort of person who hears other people discussing books and finding Here Lies Daniel Tate yourself wondering how they can even form opinions on stories I mean either Blood Bound you like it or Lady Gwendolen Investigates you don t right Well if that s Deadly Memories you then read this book The Giver and Siddhartha if that sounds like too much substitute Jonathan Livingston Seagull for the latter Once Captivating the Witch you ve done that Cutting Loose Harleuin Blaze #156 you ll feel all sorts of strange emotions and ideas swirling around inside Along Came Twins Tiny Miracles #2 you and Brazilians Nine Months Notice Hot Brazilian Nights #3 you too will be able to talk about how a book made Behind the Film Stars Smile you thinkThen A Rancher's Christmas you should watch Donnie Darko which will become Return To Yesterday your favorite movie and I'll Remember You you can talk about how movies made A Knight In Rusty Armor you think too Soon Freefall Aftershock #2 you ll be readin and thinkin and talkin up a storm It s just like a dog who eats grass so he can understand horsesThis book may seem impressive if Dangerous Inheritance you don t have much experience with philosophy history sociology or theology but the ideas in this book are about as complex as what Drop Dead Gorgeous Harleuin Blaze you d find in a college freshman s paper And uinn has an agenda he wants to convince I'll Never Tell you so all of his ideas are simplified and mixed up to support his conclusions Whether he did this deliberately to convince the reader or accidentally in the process of trying to convince himself isn t really important which is really worseFor example in his retelling of the Cain and Abel story he completely conflates Hunter Gatherer societies with Pastoral Nomads which makes his entire argument murky It s just another example of the Noble Savage in balance with nature thing which is terribly naive Native cultures often transformed the land around them and drove animals to extinction as evidenced by the way mammoths were hunted until none remained One archaeological team on the West Coast of America discovered that the local tribe had been systematically killing and eating all the animals in the area Looking through the piles of discarded bones they d find the tribe hunted and ate one animal until there were none left then moved on to a different animal Eventually the diseases brought by Europeans reached them and their population was greatly reduced and then the animals began to flourish againThe whole notion that humans used to be in balance but no longer are is a fuzzy dream and not useful for anyone trying to look at the world and the problems we face Humans are not the first animals to cause extinction we re not even the first to cause worldwide atmospheric change leading to mass extinction It is a gross oversimplification like all of the arguments in this book and one that was already a uarter century out of date among ecologists by the time uinn was writingYou might ask why is this a problem isn t any book that gets people to think worthwhile but the problem is that through oversimplification and emotional appeals this books actually sets out to shut down independent thought in the reader It isn t asking hard uestions as much as it s giving out easy answers It is trying to tell Cavanaugh Cold Case Cavanaugh Justice #32 you how things are instead of inviting And then He Kissed Her you to uestion the world for Corporate Daddy yourselfBeyond that the philosophy it presents is a rather insidious one at its core The idea that there is some great natural order to things is very comforting because it makes the world sensible predictable and easy to understand If there is such an order then we can simply trust in it give ourselves up to it and let the rest take care of itself It becomes a passive attitude a uestion of faith in the systemBut the idea of the natural order has been used and is still being used by power structures against the people Jan Smuts Prime Minister of South Africa wrote on it extensively using it to set up and maintain apartheid arguing that since colonial Europeans had conuered large parts of the world therefore it was their natural state to rule and that it was natural for native populations to be ignorant and subservientLikewise when the powerhouse thinktank the Club of Rome presented The Limits of Growth in 1972 proposing that the only way to prevent ecological disaster was to maintain things as they are now indefinitely protesters pointed out that this policy would support the status uo keeping the same people and structures in power instead of trying to improve or change our current system and of course the club was made up of the same political leaders businessmen bureaucrats and economists who would have the most to lose if any change were made in the current systemBy the seventies there was already a sea change taking place in ecology and it was becoming clear that far from being in a state of self correcting balance the natural world was constantly shifting and changing that animal and plant populations varied widely from The Damascus Chronicles year to Forbidden River The Legionnaires #25 year and decade to decade even in isolated populations where Love Vows Bk 1 Silhouette Special Edition No 769 you would most expect to see euilibrium reached The problem becomes that anyone who believes that some structure must be there underlying everything is going to trust that at a certain point that structure will balance things out automaticallyIt s like walking a tightrope and just assuming there 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Summary Ishmael By Daniel uinn ê PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free Nder 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 birt Lessons in Metaphysics for Recovering IdealistsThe conventional translation of the name Ishmael from Hebrew is God hears But there is an eually plausible alternative Man is God This could well be Daniel uinn s satirical intent First called Goliath then renamed Ishmael but acting like Socrates uinn s central character is a gorilla who teaches his idealistically minded now middle aged seeker that God is precisely what Man is not And he does this expertlyThe term metaphysics in understandably confusing to most people It does after all refer to that which is beyond rational knowledge Esoteric philosophy and religious mysticism are probably the first things that come to mind But metaphysics is neither esoteric nor mystical Rather it is the very straightforward stories we tell ourselves about how things have come to be as they are In fact these stories are so straightforward so obvious and so universally accepted that they are effectively invisible unless one happens to have a Socratically adept non human primate at handThe way to discover what the metaphysics of any culture are was perfected by Immanuel Kant in the late 18th century He called it transcendental deduction another intimidating term but something far simpler than it sounds In fact we do it all the time particularly when we re confronted with events that are somehow disturbing or traumatic Why for example does a terrorist act the way he does Why do very wealthy people put so much effort into increasing their wealth What is the real reason for a couples divorceThese are uestions which seek a certain type of answer namely What must be true in terms of motives reasoning or factual circumstances for people to act the way they do The trick in transcendental deduction is to take into account everything we know about the behaviour or the situation in uestion progressively removing those motives reasons and facts which are not necessary to explain what s going on This takes skill but it is not magic In fact according to uinn gorillas are not bad at it al allIshmael s transcendental deduction of modern culture is eye opening even if one doesn t agree entirely with the implications he draws from it Here s one metaphysical revelation for example The debate between Evolutionists and Creationists is completely meaningless and merely distracts from a universal presumption of modern culture that is taken as true without uestion According to both secularists and religionists mankind is the most important result of creation for the former because Homo sapiens is the most advanced rung on the ladder of evolution for the latter because he has been assigned the role of master of creation in holy scripture Any other difference in their respective views are mere uibblesThis presumption of human dominance over the Earth all its contents and its other inhabitants is the beginning of the metaphysical story which Ishmael elicits There is also a middle and end to this story that are likewise uncovered in a similar well paced dialogue uinn never let s Ishmael miss a step in his progression back through the obvious presumptions that we take for granted about the world nor as he moves forward into the unfortunate implications of these presumptions which increasingly appear as disasters for ourselves as well as the rest of the planetAlthough uinn is clearly making a cultural point his principal message is very personal What any one of us might think of as doing good may very well be contributing to the substantial reduction not just of human well being but also of life on Earth Tempering exuberant idealism could be an essential modern virtue Not being God demands caution as well as hard work This doesn t mean thinking smaller but bigger with rather wider metaphysical horizons than we ve allowed ourselves to have Ishmael or ish man or el deityPostscript I don t think I ve encountered reviews polarised on Goodreads than for this book Most ratings are either 5 s or 1 s very few in between I suspect there are two reasons for this Some folk find the Socratic method annoying either because it proceeds at a pace they find tedious or because they really can t follow the step by step development involved Others I think balk at the central theme of the book namely the dangers of cultural idealism This latter group is the hard market for the book I suppose and simply doesn t want to consider much less understand what uinn is suggestingFurther postscript 23Feb18

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Summary Ishmael By Daniel uinn ê PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free H of time to a future there is still time 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 wonderful than he has ever imagine A little story about Ishmael by Daniel uinnI first read this back in the fall of 99 for a college course It was a time in my life where for a variety of reasons including a breakup of a long relationship I was first began to think for myself instead of think what others wanted me to think This book completely wiped away the world view that my parents friends and teachers had put into my head for so many years and then began the formation of my own view Since then I have been a seekerSynopsisAlan Lomax responds to an ad in the paper that says Teacher seeks pupil Must have an earnest deisre to save the world Apply in person The ad turns out to have been placed by gorilla who then through telepathic conversation basically explains why things are the way they are in the world I ve found the simple message of this book to have a huge impact on my view of the environment and our human relation to it Other things such as the book Collapse by Jared Diamond or Al Gore s movie An Inconvenient Truth have also had effect but Ishmael has been the most life changing in this respect This book made me aware of the horrible over consumption of resources of human beings in everyday life The world will not be saved by programs such as recycling or forest protection programs because people are countering these programs everyday in their daily activities What is needed is a change of view of our place in the world and that s what Ishmael gave me