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Book Club #6 (1 of 3): Don't Sleep, There Are Snakes

"Don't Sleep, There Are Snakes: Life and Language in the Amazonian Jungle" by Daniel L. Everett

Our next book focuses more on anthropology and should be an interesting read. Here is the description from Amazon:

"A riveting account of the astonishing experiences and discoveries made by linguist Daniel Everett while he lived with the Pirahã, a small tribe of Amazonian Indians in central Brazil. Daniel Everett arrived among the Pirahã with his wife and three young children hoping to convert the tribe to Christianity. Everett quickly became obsessed with their language and its cultural and linguistic implications. The Pirahã have no counting system, no fixed terms for color, no concept of war, and no personal property. Everett was so impressed with their peaceful way of life that he eventually lost faith in the God he'd hoped to introduce to them, and instead devoted his life to the science of linguistics. Part passionate memoir, part scientific exploration, Everett's life-changing tale is riveting look into the nature of language, thought, and life itself."

FIRST MEETUP: 12/1, beginning through Chapter 5

SECOND MEETUP: 12/15, Chapters 6 - 10

FINAL MEETUP: TBA, Chapters 11 through the end.

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Keep reading and stay skeptical!

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  • Diana

    Finished the "snakes" book. Easy read. Don't ask me to pronounce any Piraha words.

    1 · December 3, 2013

  • Terry C.

    I regret to say that I am going to need to withdraw from the book club. I have wayyyyyyyyyyy too many books in my iPad book queue that I've been trying to get to and simply cannot seem to get it done so until I get those whittled down I'm going to be doing my reading at home. My very best to the group and hope you enjoy great discourse discussing the books you are reading!!


    December 3, 2013

  • Penny

    It was good to see you all, guys. The interesting discussion gave some more food for thought.
    BTW, did I mention, introductory astronomy course starts on coursera this week.

    December 2, 2013

  • Maureen A. F.

    I'll be there too.

    November 29, 2013

  • sandi w.

    I'm going to try and make it. Haven't had much chance to read the book.

    November 29, 2013

  • Gail T.

    Yes, I plan to be there.

    1 · November 29, 2013

    • Penny

      I'll be also at this Sunday's meet.

      1 · November 29, 2013

  • Chris W.

    Everyone still in for Sunday?

    November 29, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I'm going to try.

      November 29, 2013

    • Chris W.

      Well, no one has changed the RSVP so we're still on. However gets there first, get that table by the back wall again.

      November 29, 2013

  • Carissa S.

    Two meetups or three? Description says three (FIRST, SECOND, FINAL)... but your note says two.

    November 25, 2013

    • Chris W.

      Three! The third will likely be delayed into January.

      November 29, 2013

  • Diana

    I enjoyed our discussion very much. What a refreshing group! Diana

    1 · November 3, 2013

    • Carissa S.

      Glad to have you join us!

      November 3, 2013

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