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Book review: Don't Sleep, There Are Snakes (Daniel Everett)

My review of this book is now available on my website. Everett is an academic linguist who has lived for long periods with an Amazonian, people, the Pirahãs. He started as a missionary but failed to convert any of the people; instead, they converted him and he is now an atheist. The Pirahãs are unusual, if not unique, in lacking anything we would call a religion. This book is definitely one of the best I have read this year; it made me question my assumptions about many things.


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John Floyd on :

Thanks for bringing this one to our attention. "Snakes" was delightful reading. Not only did I learn a bit about threatened languages and why they should be of concern to us all, but it expanded my concept of "human" behavior and (non) belief.

By the way and FYI if you missed it. In addition to London Buses with the "There's probably no God" slogans ([1]http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/england/london/7681914.stm), Portland, Oregon has followed on my side of the Atlantic with its own twist:

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