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Human Nature Odyssey

Human Nature Odyssey

Human Nature Odyssey: a new podcast about humanity, civilization, and the fate of the world.

You are living the latest chapter in a 10,000 year story. Join storyteller Alex Leff on a search for better ways to understand and more clearly experience the incredible, terrifying, and ridiculous world we live in.

The first stop on our quest through a landscape of ideas and stories is the 1992 novel Ishmael by Daniel Quinn about a telepathic gorilla with great hope for humanity.

Recent Episodes

Dec. 14, 2023

08 A Conversation with Rennie MacKay Quinn (wife of author Daniel Quinn)

In this very special episode, author Daniel Quinn’s wife Rennie Mackay Quinn joins us for her first ever interview: sharing untold stories, new insights, and reflections on her life and journey with her beloved late husband …
Nov. 16, 2023

07 After "Ishmael" by Daniel Quinn

Thank you to Honan and Dylan for their voice acting. Music: Celestial Soda Pop By: Ray Lynch From the album: Deep Breakfast Courtesy Ray Lynch Productions © Ⓟ 1984/BMI All rights reserved. 1. Amazon: Celestial Soda Pop http…
Oct. 5, 2023

06 A Civilization That Flies

Is it possible to build a civilization that flies? (metaphorically speaking of course) How did we eventually learn to fly? It wasn’t by defying gravity and disobeying aerodynamics but by learning how to work with them. Danie…
Sept. 7, 2023

05 Adam, Eve, and the Agricultural Revolution

Who first told the story of the Garden of Eden? Could it have been a way to explain the unfolding Agricultural Revolution from the perspective of the people who were there? The Garden of Eden has been told and retold for tho…
Aug. 10, 2023

04 Takers and Leavers

In this episode we take a step back from Ishmael to better view the philosophical context it was written in. We explore the history of the terms “civilized” and “primitive” and how their definitions have evolved over time. T…
July 6, 2023

03 Imaginary Games for Grown Ups

Taker Mythology is the grand sweeping narrative playing out behind the scenes of our culture, and in this episode we tell the full story out loud…