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Daniel Quinn

Region: Coastal Plain

Topics: Wildlife, Population, Agriculture, Literature, Ethics, Education

Mr. Quinn is a philosopher and author based in Houston who has written a number of fictional and factual books about the interrelationships among the human species and the rest of the community of life. Perhaps his best known books are those in the Ishmael trilogy, including Ishmael, My Ishmael, the Story of B, which involve a kind of parable of sustainability, a Socratic dialogue between a wise gorilla and a human student regarding humans' place and responsibilities on the planet. One of the central insights described in these and Quinn's other books is that agriculture's excessive production and storage of food has allowed human population to grow beyond sustainable levels, and at the expense of the other organisms with whom we share Earth. Due to the popularity of his writings, a number of websites and groups have sprung up to discuss and further Mr. Quinn's ideas, including www.ishmael.com and www.friendsofishmael.org.



October 20, 2003
Houston, Texas
Reels 2269 and 2270

Please see a brief Real Media video excerpt from our interview with Mr. Quinn.

Please see the uncut video (reels 2269 and 2270) or the transcript of Mr. Quinn's full  interview.






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