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Do any paleos follow the philosophies of Daniel Quinn, Derrick Jensen, etc?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created April 16, 2011 at 4:45 AM

I've found that since reading Quinn, Jensen, and others my awareness of my food and eating paleo has increased dramatically and is very connected to what they're saying. Food isn't the biggest aspect of my "transformation" since reading these authors, but I do feel like eating paleo is the only way for me to support my beliefs about our culture/ world. Wondering if there's other people in the community who feel like this?

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I don't know if you're right, but +1 for an entertaining smackdown

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on April 17, 2011
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each to their own

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on April 16, 2011
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Cool, I'll add them to the book queue. Thanks!

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Ishmael and Derrick Jensen were recommended to me by the friend who first introduced me to paleo. I recommend Jensen. Endgame or A Language Older Than Words are good ones to start with.

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Thanks armadus. Ascent of Humanity looks interesting, I will check it out.

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on April 16, 2011
at 12:49 PM

I've not read either of them. I do, however, know a number of Objectivists (students of the philosophy of Ayn Rand) who eat Paleo. For us, it's more about taking a rational approach and not relying on Conventional Wisdom to make choices about how to live (or eat).

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on April 17, 2011
at 12:54 PM

each to their own

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on April 16, 2011
at 06:09 AM

Quinn tends to engage in debunked Malthusian fantasies. That's not to say he isn't a good writer; I rather enjoyed Ishmael. But, he falls short of reality, despite his own apparent view of himself as a herald of the apocalypse.

Jensen is even worse in regards to the "End is Near" prophesying. He appears to be completely unaware of reality at times and immensely paranoid. I found Endgame to be a tedious slog filled with half-baked fairy-tales and bad science. I don't know what anyone can get from this hyperbole. Maybe someone can enlighten me?

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on August 26, 2011
at 10:49 PM

I don't know if you're right, but +1 for an entertaining smackdown

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on April 16, 2011
at 10:28 AM

I loved Daniel Quinn...although Im not sure why everyone is stuck on Ishmael. The holy and The Story of B were my favorite. The largest problem I saw, though, was the same situation that tends to happen in the paleo world, crossfit, etc... some people see fit to elevate it, or the person, to a cult status and loose sight of what the importance of it really is. The Contiuum concept is also a great book that I think is relavent to paleo, by jean leadloff (think I spelled her name right)

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on April 16, 2011
at 05:35 AM

Discussing and then reading Ishmael is how I first discovered Paleo. Have yet to read any Jensen though. But it has been a part of my life ever since.

65430e39d7e9e9322718d016fe668051

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on April 16, 2011
at 05:40 AM

Ishmael and Derrick Jensen were recommended to me by the friend who first introduced me to paleo. I recommend Jensen. Endgame or A Language Older Than Words are good ones to start with.

4a13d5e9618b5e0aa1cd1d2d28eb5539

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on April 16, 2011
at 05:45 AM

Cool, I'll add them to the book queue. Thanks!

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on April 16, 2011
at 05:33 AM

I've read Ishmael and Endgame and found both inspiring in their own ways. I'd recommend Ascent of Humanity, which goes much deeper.

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on April 16, 2011
at 05:40 AM

Thanks armadus. Ascent of Humanity looks interesting, I will check it out.

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