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Ishmael is about a young scientist that can telepathically speak with a gorilla named Ishmael who will soon to be the teacher. Ishmael taught himself his education when he was able to talk to his owner telepathically to get him books. Ishmael helps the narrator realize that we can’t just take whatever we want from the environment and all of its resources. The narrator sees Ishmael for days in a row but ends up having to miss days to see him. He then finds Ishmael at a traveling carnival to finish the lesson they had. The narrator has an idea of buying Ishmael from the carnival owners and finally when he got enough money to buy the gorilla, Ishmael dies.

The narrator reads a newspaper and sees someone is offering education. We get to meet Ishmael, who is a gorilla that can telepathically talk to people. Ishmael is owned by a scientist named Walter Sokolow, who taught the gorilla to educate himself. Mr. Sokolow was jew, who’d parents died in the Holocaust. But
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Ishmael explains how the gods tricked the takers in three ways. One, is that they made the takers think the Earth revolves around them. Two, is that the humans think that they are above evolution and advanced. Three, is the humans aren’t excused from the laws of life. Ishmael explains to the narrator that the takers are eventually going to “crash and burn.”
During one of the lessons Ishmael asks the narrator to leave and think about the philosophy of leavers. Then the narrator believes once he finds this out he’ll know what Ishmael’s philosophy is and won’t need a teacher anymore. After a couple of days the narrator comes back to Ishmael to explain the basic laws of life. These laws were, to not exterminate the competition for food, do not destroy your competitors food supply to be able to grow your own, and do not deny access food to others. This then explains how diversity
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