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“You're captives of a civilizational system that more or less compels you to go on destroying the world in order to live.… You are captives — and you have made a captive of the world itself. That's what's at stake, isn't it? —your captivity and the captivity of the world.”
― Daniel Quinn, Ishmael: An Adventure of the Mind and Spirit
Daniel Quinn is the author of the best-selling book Ishmael and a pioneer in the concept of ReWilding. Daniel’s books had a massive influence on my life trajectory, and I am so honored to have had the opportunity to interview him! Our conversation traverses animism, the Sixth Extinction and so much more. Many of you are familiar with Daniel’s work, but if you’re not, I encourage you to go pick up a copy of Ishmael right away. Find links to the show notes and his books below! And if you are a fan of Daniel’s, I’d love to hear what you thought of our conversation in the comments below. Enjoy!
**Note: Our conversation was recorded via phone, so the audio quality is not excellent. Apologies, and thanks for bearing with us on this one!
- Daniel shares a bit about his background
- Transitioning from Christianity to an animistic worldview
- History and pre-history
- The Sixth Extinction
- Animism explained
- Outlook for the future of our world
- ReWild Yourself! Podcast: Ben Greenfield on Parenting, Stress Reduction Strategies & Optimizing Your Human Habitat
- Tempo Run App
- A Proposal to Modify Plants Gives G.M.O. Debate New Life
- Neolithic Revolution
- The Sixth Extinction
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Daniel Quinn grew up in Omaha, Nebraska and studied at St. Louis University, the University of Vienna, and Loyola University of Chicago. He worked in Chicago-area publishing for twenty years before beginning work on the book for which he's best known, Ishmael, which has sold more than a million copies in English, is available in some thirty languages, and has been used in high schools and colleges worldwide. Subsequent works include Providence, The Story of B, My Ishmael: A Sequel, Beyond Civilization, After Dachau, The Holy, and At Woomeroo, a collection of short stories. He can be found on Facebook, Twitter and his website: Ishmael.org.