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The Ishmael Network Reading List

    These resources are suggested by readers. Ishmael Network members can add their suggested readings by logging into their record here... Please note that this list is neither compiled nor reviewed by Daniel Quinn. It should not be assumed, therefore, that he either endorses these books or agrees with the comments made about them. This statement holds true for the Ishmael Webmaster as well.... As of Thursday, October 18, 2018 there are 880 books in the suggested reading list. Here is an easy to print list of everything...)

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  • Living Deliberately by Harry Palmer has been suggested by Ishmael Network member Frank Schawaller...and Frank has this to say about the book: "Daniel Quinn encourages us to come up with new solutions via new minds. This is an awesome book for changing minds/shifting viewpoints. Sample Chapter titles: Creativism & Reality, Designing Our Own Reality, The New Civilization"
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  • Living in Process by Anne Wilson Schaef has been suggested by Ishmael Network member Markus Distelberger...and Markus has this to say about the book: "It makes the vision of D Q more compact suplementing the access of how to handle with addictions and the addictive society and to find a way to the spirituality of the leavers through living in process"
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  • Living the Good Life: How to Live Sanely and Simply in a Troubled World by Helen and Scott Nearing has been suggested by Ishmael Network member Samuel Vandenberg...and Samuel has this to say about the book: "Quinn asks us to be inventive in our living -the Nearings do just this in thier 1932-1951 homesteading experiment. This chronicle tells of how the authors, using practical methods and patience, succeeded in thier goals of living conscientiously and well. This book is an inspiration and model of a settlement in accordance with the law of limited competition. Thier goals were self-benificial yet selfless: participating in a social community was vital to what they were trying to accomplish. Although this book was written over forty years ago, it is important now, because the evils the Nearings were rebelling against have only grown. Written by and for seekers."
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  • Living The Mindful Life: a handbook for living in the present moment by Charles Tart has been suggested by Ishmael Network member Matt Delaini...and Matt has this to say about the book: "If you're serious about following Quinn's thread, this is a good place to start. Tart's handbook is a sort of nuts-n-bolts approach to freeing up some of the space "mother culture's" voice takes up."
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  • Logic of Collective Action: Pubic Goods and the Theory of Groups by Mancur Olson (editor) has been suggested by Ishmael Network member Bob Coleman...and Bob has this to say about the book: "This classic book (1971, Harvard University Press, pbk.) is both accessible and highly relevant to the understanding of group dynamics and communities includng "tribes." Its insights are simple yet very powerful."
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  • Long Life, Honey In The Heart by Martin Prechtel has been suggested by Ishmael Network member Willem Larsen...and Willem has this to say about the book: "With kudos from Derrick Jensen ('A Language Older Than Words'), David Abram ('Spell of the Sensuous'), Robert Bly, and others, Martin Prechtel has written several books detailing his time as an adopted member of the Mayan village of Santiago Atitlan. If you've ever wondered how tribalism could survive and flourish in an 'urban' context, this book brilliantly shows how the Atitecos have done just that... in a village of 20,000 people, they continued to breath life into (and in turn be kept alive by) a rich indigenous cultural tradition. A peek behind the curtain into the deep meaning, symbology, and power of native cultures, and a request that you too begn the work of connecting your culture to *your* place. We are all, if you go back far enough, children of conquered indigenous peoples."
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  • Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien has been suggested by Ishmael Network member Noah Cooper...and Noah has this to say about the book: "This story parallels our own existence in which a great force threatens to cover all the world in shadow. To have amazingly resourceful friends and allies will be important to have a victory for the leavers. The attitude of against all odds is also important, as many times the human response is to give up hope."
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  • Lost in Shangri-La by Mitchell Zuckoff has been suggested by Ishmael Network member Karl Berry...and Karl has this to say about the book: "A good part of this book describes the first outside encounter, in the 1940s, with a "lost" valley in New Guinea -- with a population of tens of thousands. It was perhaps the last significant untouched culture found. Their tribal behavior and divisions was almost exactly as described in Ishmael, although unfortunately the author makes no reference to this."
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  • Lost World, The by Michael Crichton has been suggested by Ishmael Network member Michael Chobot...and Michael has this to say about the book: "This book, along with Jurassic Park, really explore and add to ideas of evolution in regards to our vision. I suggest that everyone read this book."
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  • Macrobiotic Diet by Michio and Aveline Kushi has been suggested by Ishmael Network member Tameca Coleman...and Tameca has this to say about the book: "Take care of yourself, feel healthy, look great, use less . . . .and on and on into infinity."
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  • Mad Cowboy: Plain Truth from the Cattle Rancher Who Won't Eat Meat by Howard Lyman has been suggested by Ishmael Network member Jennifer Eck...and Jennifer has this to say about the book: "This book presents an easy and effective way to improve the state of the world around you. It decries the Taker approach and advocates returning to a simpler, "natural" way of life. If you care about the environment, you must read this book! If you care about your own health, you must read this book! If you want to change the way our world is, you must read this book!"
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  • Man Corn by Christy G. Turner II has been suggested by Ishmael Network member yermo's creations...and yermo's has this to say about the book: "use of force in cultural change based in fear and terror as tools"
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  • Managing Upside Down by Tom Chappell has been suggested by Ishmael Network member Jason Hardy...and Jason has this to say about the book: "This book discusses how to manage a company using a value-centered approach."
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  • Man's Rise to Civilization as shown by the Indians of North America from Primeval Times to the Coming of the Industrial State by Peter Farb has been suggested by Ishmael Network member Toby Kramer...and Toby has this to say about the book: "Analyzes and describes various Leaver cultures."
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  • Manual for the Peacemaker: An Iroquois Legend to Heal Self & Society by Jean Houston has been suggested by Ishmael Network member Bob Coleman...and Bob has this to say about the book: "The book offers a powerful story or cultural myth for living in cooperative societies. The Tub-Bucket.com URL includes a section called "We The People ..." where the Iroquois Constitution and an article About the Iroquois Constitution, both created by National Public Radio, can be downloaded for free."
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  • Manufacturing Consent by Noam Chomsky has been suggested by Ishmael Network member Graham Craig...and Graham has this to say about the book: "Just in case you needed some very specific cases of media propaganda, this book spells out several. It also includes a brilliant propaganda model that the rest of the book is based on."
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  • Marabo Stork Nightmares by Irvine Welsh has been suggested by Ishmael Network member Timothy Morey...and Timothy has this to say about the book: "it is a wonderfully twisted story of a disturbed individual."
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  • Maverick by Ricardo Semler has been suggested by Ishmael Network member Alex Palomo...and Alex has this to say about the book: "His business transformed from a hierarchial structure to a tribal organization and is a very successful muliti-million dollar global company . Very inspiring example of a changed mind in action and how you can compete in the business world. "
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  • Medicinal Plants of the World by Michael Wink has been suggested by Ishmael Network member Michael Byrne...and Michael has this to say about the book: "This is a book I recommend we read so that we know how to survive without technology and agriculture. This is contains 800 color photographs, descriptions of more than 320 medicinal plants, and the use and dosage of around 900 plants."
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  • Medicinemaker: Mystic Encounters on the Shaman's Path by Hank Wesselman has been suggested by Ishmael Network member Myra Lou Harris...and Myra Lou has this to say about the book: "Hank Wesselman continues to receive visions of our future without technology, but with reliance on inner strengths and abilities."
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  • Message from Forever by Marlo Morgan has been suggested by Ishmael Network member john stifler...and john has this to say about the book: "this is a good follow up to ms. morgan's mutant message down under. it shows from two perspectives the negative impact that the taker culture (or shall we say culture takers) has had on the aborigine."
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  • Metamagical Themas: Questing For The Essence Of Mind And Pattern by Douglas Hofstadter has been suggested by Ishmael Network member George Gilman...and George has this to say about the book: "This is a great anthology of Hofstadter's magazine columns on a broad number of topics, many of which bisect the Ishmaelite concepts in exciting ways and take them in new directions. Hofstadter's interests are incredibly broad, but his primary focus is understanding the human mind and how it operates. In doing so, he studies the deep self-referential problems inherent in all powerful systems based on logic (from mathematics to everyday language). He extends this examination to the way our current systems of rational thought have brought us to the brink of environmental and nuclear destruction through a long series of what appear to be perfectly sound and rational judgements. He examines the common creative roots of science, art, and all ideas in general and points us in the direction of using our unique human creativity and intellegence in everyday problem solving (on both global and everyday problems). He discusses the ways that ideas propogate themselves through the "ideoshpere" (the collective conciousness of our culture)in the same way that genes propogate themselves through the bioshpere, modeling this discussion on Richard Dawkins' "The Selfish Gene" (another excellent book - see Daniel Quinn's book list elsewhere on this site). This model is very illuminating to those who wish to understand how powerful ideas (such as those we gather here to discuss) can spread through our culture. This is a collection of Hofstadter's columns in "Scientific American" during the early 1980's. Because they were originally written for that audience(and at that time), they can sometimes be a bit esoteric and technical. This may be good or bad, depending on your preference, but anyone can definitely grow their knowledge of "how things came to be this way" as well as thier direction in "what to do now" by exposing themselves to the ideas found here."
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  • Metamorphosis by Kevin Siegel has been suggested by Ishmael Network member Kevin Siegel...and Kevin has this to say about the book: "It relates in ways that, I hope, different people will choose to understand or at least observe. Ron is one with various outer forces or spirits that fuel an unmatched drive and love that we see in some of Mr. Quinn's. How else does it relate, I cannot express anymore unwanted information as I dedicate it all to you."
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  • Midcourse Correction by Ray C. Anderson has been suggested by Ishmael Network member Tom Tomaka...and Tom has this to say about the book: "Ray integrates the ideas of several influential visionaries, including Daniel Quinn and Paul Hawking. By leading the transformation of his successful company, the Interface Corporation, into the worlds first restorative manufacturing corporation, Ray describes one of the boldest moves yet to implement such ideas. I enjoyed reading Midcourse Correction as I do meeting Ray in person, receiving both inspiration and hope from his words and deeds. "The prototypical company of the 21st century is strongly service oriented, resource-efficient, wasting nothing, solar driven, cyclical (no longer take-make-waste linear), strongly connected to our constituencies and each other.""
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  • Mind and Nature: A Necessary Unity (Advances in Systems Theory, Complexity, and the Human Sciences by Gregory Bateson has been suggested by Ishmael Network member Ken Jones...and Ken has this to say about the book: "The type of thinking Bateson asks people to do - looking for patterns rather than linear causality - and the beliefs that emanate from this thinking, that we are a part of the pattern rather than "overseeing" it, is the center of a very important world view."
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  • MindWalk (VHS) 1990. by Bernt Capra has been suggested by Ishmael Network member Amy Anderson...and Amy has this to say about the book: ""Mindwalk", starring Liv Ullmann, Sam Waterston, and John Heard, is a movie based on the book by Fritjof Capra ("The Tao of Physics") called "The Turning Point." The movie is a journey in words among 3 dissimilar people against the backdrop of the beautiful island-abbey of Mont St. Michel. The subjects of conversation range from Descarts and the mechinization of time-keeping, particle physics, and systems thinking. Music by Philip Glass. Highly recommend it if you can find it! Rated PG. "
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  • Mirror in the mirror by Michael Endes has been suggested by Ishmael Network member Janos Biro...and Janos has this to say about the book: "I could not show it better than the following review, by Paul Murray: "The book is a series of vignettes through which a number of themes are woven. For me, the most important among these was the idea of people trapped in stasis by their own cowardice - unwilling to change for fear that all their effort up till now will have been wasted. Reading this book was instrumental in eventually breaking me out of a religious group I was involved in, although I did not realize it at the time." It is really a very powerfull and beautyfull book that can change minds, provoke questions and estimulate the imagination. Unique. Perfect for anyone who likes metaphors about the human situation."
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  • monkey wrench gang by edward abbey has been suggested by Ishmael Network member andrew pingree...and andrew has this to say about the book: "why fight to change? because i have to. it may be a losing battle. i know, but i still have to try."
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  • More Than Human by Theodore Sturgeon has been suggested by Ishmael Network member Oscar Madison...and Oscar has this to say about the book: "Perhaps some insight as to how we can together move "beyond." It is a fun sci-fi ditty about how the Gestalt ideology of "the whole being greater than the sum of the indvidual parts", and the power of misfits when they work together. The relation here is that it shows how if we "outcasts" band together etc., we can perhaps cause some magical things to occur. Unfortunately this is an old book, published I believe in 1953, so it may be tough to find, but I have found it at certain libraries. If anyone knows where I can get my own copy please let me know."
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  • Mountain in the Clouds: A Search for the Wild Salmon by Bruce Brown has been suggested by Ishmael Network member Jamie Myxter...and Jamie has this to say about the book: "Mountain in the Clouds discusses declining salmon runs in the Pacific Northwest. The text is full of information on the causes of declining runs which I won't fully summarize for you here. It's valuable as one example of a species that is threatened as a direct result of our culture's activities.

    One point that Brown makes is that "a fish is not a fish." He discusses why hatchery fish are not adequate replacements for native fish. Native fish have been shaped by evolution since the beginning of time to be uniquely suited to the specific conditions of a particular river. When humans harvest eggs from fish in river A and "plant" them in rivers B, C, and D, a genetically inferior fish results. And because hatchery survival rates for hatchery eggs are so much greater than naturally occurring survival rates (because of laboratory-like hatchery environments that aim at maximizing output), native fish must compete with larger numbers of hatchery fish for scarce resources.

    (6/7/99) I found a hopeful story on salmon that describes how Canadian minister of fisheries and oceans David Anderson is taking steps to address the "tradgedy of the commons" that is salmon fishing on the West coast. From the article, "The idea is to quit managing fisheries for the benefit of fishermen and start managing for the benefit of fish...""
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  • Mutant Message Down Under by Marlo Morgan has been suggested by Ishmael Network member Heidi Hopkins...and Heidi has this to say about the book: "Amazing true story of a woman's experience on walkabout with a band of aborigines. The aborigines speak to her about how the mutants (nonaborigines) are destroying the earth, and how they must live to prevent such destruction."
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  • Mutant Message Down Under by Marlo Morgan has been suggested by Ishmael Network member Lim-Lim Symon...and Lim-Lim has this to say about the book: "A very straight-forward, inspirational book about how it has been possible to lead a fulfilling tribal life as a human being. Many beautiful ideas not yet poisoned by the conditioning of Mother Culture as we know it."
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  • Mutant Message Down Under by Marlo Morgan has been suggested by Ishmael Network member Buffy Duncan...and Buffy has this to say about the book: "The back of her book reads "It is not too late to save our world from desruction if we realize that all living things-be they plants, animals, or human beings-are part of the same universal oneness. If we heed this message, our lives, like the lives of the Real People,(leavers) can be filled with this great sense of purpose." The story is meant to be a message from the leaver people to the takers with simple advice on how to apply whats really important."
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  • My Name is Chellis and I'm in Recovery from Western Civilization by Chellis Glendinning has been suggested by Ishmael Network member Gus Steeves...and Gus has this to say about the book: " The title pretty much says it all. Glendinning, a psychologist and former anti-nuke activist, tells her personal story of discovering how critical the gatherer mindset is to our survival. Many ideas similar to DQ. In one memorably chilling passage, she relates a conversation with an anonymous corporate CEO: He says that we won't have a nuclear war until all of China is commercialized, then there will be no reason left to live. If that doesn't typify the Taker philosophy, what does? That such a viewpoint exists at all is a good reason why we MUST stop the train now."
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  • My Road To The Sundance by Manny Twofeathers has been suggested by Ishmael Network member david house...and david has this to say about the book: "ideas about alternative income, tribalism and the sundancers lifeway, which is one of giving back so that others will benefit from living in a good way"
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  • My Side of the Mountain by Jean George has been suggested by Ishmael Network member Thom Rose...and Thom has this to say about the book: "This is a good book, written as a childrens book, but can be seen more as a manual for living as a leaver. It is the story of one boy who walks away from a future of pyramid building, and lives a much more fulfilling life, hunting and gathering in the Catskull mountains."
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  • Naked in the Garden of the Serpent by Carey RavenStar Robin has been suggested by Ishmael Network member Carey RavenStar Robin...and Carey RavenStar has this to say about the book: "Naked in the Garden of the Serpent envisions a new mythology - one in which nature wasn't deemed evil and profane - one in which the earth is a living, soulful being."
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  • Native American Wisdom by Kent Nerburn has been suggested by Ishmael Network member Mark Davern...and Mark has this to say about the book: "Simplier, the better, according to the native american peoples."
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  • Native Wisdom for White Minds by Anne Wilson Schaef has been suggested by Ishmael Network member Silvia Wilson...and Silvia has this to say about the book: "This book opens "white minds" to other ways of understanding the world. Written as a series of one page contemplations of a native person's remark, it is a year's-worth of "smart bombs" aimed at cracking open our closed system of Western thought, our "bunker mentality.""
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  • Natural Capitalism by Amory, L. Hunter & Paul Lovins, Lovins, & Hawken has been suggested by Ishmael Network member David Clark...and David has this to say about the book: "A possibility and reality of moving forward. Quotes from those who recommend the boook: "If Adam Smith's The Wealth of Nations was the bible for the first Industrial Revolution, then Natural Capitalism may well prove to be it for the next." Peter Senge, author of The Fifth Discipline. "Natural Capitalism…is a conceptual milestone on the road toward ecological sustainability." Fritjof Capra, author of The Web of Life"
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  • Nature and Madness by Paul Shepard has been suggested by Ishmael Network member John Weiland...and John has this to say about the book: "Explores the possible reasons why we became agricultural and took dominion over the earth....why history went from being 'natural history' to 'human history' and the ramifications to the future of the planet because of this."
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  • Nature's Economy: A History of Ecological Ideas by Donald Worster has been suggested by Ishmael Network member Mark Meritt...and Mark has this to say about the book: "A great overview of the history of ecology and the ecological perspective, demonstrating our ever-increasing understanding of how life systems work and how people exist within them."
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  • Nature's Services Societal Dependance on Natural Ecosystems by Gretchen Daily has been suggested by Ishmael Network member Aaron Codiga...and Aaron has this to say about the book: "This book provides an economic breakdown of the services that nature provides that we tend to bypass. Such as soil and composting vs. hydroponics and manufactured chemical fertilizers."
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  • Neighborhood Forager, The by Robert K. Henderson has been suggested by Ishmael Network member Matthew Paulus...and Matthew has this to say about the book: "The neighborhood forager provides us with a guide for getting the wherewithall to live, i.e. food, without having to pay for it or grow it. There are numerous wild edibles growing around, even in the middle of an urban center, that no one makes use of. Some people just use them for ornamentals. Use this knowledge to supplement your food stores, lower your grocery bill, and get around the people who have locked up all the food.....because the missed some of it that's in plain sight! Spending less money on food means you'll have more to more to play with else where.....like maybe buying that acre of land you've been wanting so you can live rent free?"
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  • Neither Wolf nor Dog by Kent Nerburn has been suggested by Ishmael Network member arnold smithers...and arnold has this to say about the book: "Every American should read this book. Ties in many ideas from ishmael, etc. with a new spin."
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  • Next of Kin by Roger Fouts has been suggested by Ishmael Network member Gus Steeves...and Gus has this to say about the book: "If you can read this book and DON'T come back feeling chimps are undeniably our kin, there's something wrong with you. Dr. Fouts, famous for his work with Project Washoe, tracks the family of signing chimps he raised, and with it both our past and our destiny. Sometimes, you'll fall over laughing; other times, you want to kill some of the humans he had to put up with for what they do in the name of "science." Either way, Fouts makes very clear the truth of his statement that "'human' is only an adjective describing 'being' ... and the essence of who I am is not my humanness but my beingness." Chimps are far more worthy of the term "people" than many humans are."
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  • Next of Kin by Roger Fouts has been suggested by Ishmael Network member CLARK CRUIKSHANK...and CLARK has this to say about the book: "For three decades, primatologist Roger Fouts has been involved in language studies of the chimpanzee. Among his subjects was the renowned Washoe, who was "endowed with a powerful need to learn and communicate," and who developed an extraordinary vocabulary in American sign language. Another chimpanzee, Fouts writes, "never made a grammatical error," which turned a whole school of linguistic theory upside down. While reporting these successes, Fouts also notes that chimpanzees are regularly abused in laboratory settings and that in the wild their number has fallen from 5,000,000 to fewer than 175,000 in the last century. Next of Kin shows that the ape experiments that fail are those that forbid human sympathy for their subjects. For Fouts, chimpanzee and human minds are fundamentally alike, so it makes sense to care deeply about one's chimpanzee subjects. What Fouts has learned from chimpanzees is that Descartes was wrong. Other animals do have minds. You cannot read this book and stay neutral."
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  • Nine Stories by J.D. Salinger has been suggested by Ishmael Network member adam haupt...and adam has this to say about the book: "im amazed this was not already here!"
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  • Ninja Vol 3: Warrior Path Of The Togakure by Stephen Hayes has been suggested by Ishmael Network member Matthew Paulus...and Matthew has this to say about the book: "In this book, I recommend Chapters 1&2, again dealing with honest self examination, ridding oneself of those pre-programmed emotional responses that have been drilled into us by Mother Culture since the day of our birth, and becoming free of her influence."
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  • Ninja Vol. 1:Spirit Of The Shadow Warrior by Stephen Hayes has been suggested by Ishmael Network member Matthew Paulus...and Matthew has this to say about the book: "Like all the other books I've listed on Ninjutsu, I can only recommend chapter 7 of this book as relevant to Daniel's books. Chapter 7 is The Art Of Understanding: Seeing others through a knowledge of self. By careful, intense, and honest examination of our own personalities, motivations and weaknesses we can come to know others, relate better to others, understand other. We can also free ourselves of the nagging voice of Mother Culture in our minds, becoming more natural human beings."
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