Ishmael

We honor this amazing philosophical novel as a "pre-text of Integral Permaculture".

It beautifully sets the framework for the rest of the integral permaculture curriculum by questioning the very axioms of western culture, practically everything we believe about ourselves as humans, and the foundations of all civilizations.  

A very poingnant, memorable way of being introduced to the various 'type 1 errors' our lives - and all our designs in the west - are based on.

A masterpiece of re-designing mythology (what Dana Meadows puts as the 'level 1' place to intervene in changing complex systems: the paradigm out of which the system arises). 


And devoted fans across the world have taped the book for you-tube, so you can use this resource to get this read to you as a bed-time story if you wish. 






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Ishmael is a 1992 philosophical novel by Daniel Quinn. It examines mythology, its effect on ethics, and how that relates to sustainability. The novel uses a style of Socratic dialogue to deconstruct the notion that humans are the end product, the pinnacle of biological evolution. It posits that human supremacy is a cultural myth, and asserts that modern civilization is enacting that myth.

Ishmael was awarded the $500,000 Turner Tomorrow Fellowship Award. The book is the first of a trilogy including The Story of B and My Ishmael



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