Don t Sleep There are Snakes

Don t Sleep  There are Snakes
Author: Daniel Everett
Publsiher: Profile Books
Total Pages: 327
Release: 2010-07-09
ISBN 10: 1847651224
ISBN 13: 9781847651228
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Don t Sleep There are Snakes Book Review:

Although Daniel Everett was a missionary, far from converting the Pirahs, they converted him. He shows the slow, meticulous steps by which he gradually mastered their language and his gradual realisation that its unusual nature closely reflected its speakers' startlingly original perceptions of the world. Everett describes how he began to realise that his discoveries about the Pirah language opened up a new way of understanding how language works in our minds and in our lives, and that this way was utterly at odds with Noam Chomsky's universally accepted linguistic theories. The perils of passionate academic opposition were then swiftly conjoined to those of the Amazon in a debate whose outcome has yet to be won. Everett's views are most recently discussed in Tom Wolfe's bestselling The Kingdom of Speech. Adventure, personal enlightenment and the makings of a scientific revolution proceed together in this vivid, funny and moving book.

Don t Sleep There are Snakes

Don t Sleep  There are Snakes
Author: Daniel Everett,Daniel Leonard Everett
Publsiher: Profile Books
Total Pages: 300
Release: 2009
ISBN 10: 1846680409
ISBN 13: 9781846680403
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Don t Sleep There are Snakes Book Review:

Although Daniel Everett was a missionary, far from converting the Pirah�s, they converted him. He shows the slow, meticulous steps by which he gradually mastered their language and his gradual realisation that its unusual nature closely reflected its speakers' startlingly original perceptions of the world.Everett describes how he began to realise that his discoveries about the Pirah� language opened up a new way of understanding how language works in our minds and in our lives, and that this way was utterly at odds with Noam Chomsky's universally accepted linguistic theories. The perils of passionate academic opposition were then swiftly conjoined to those of the Amazon in a debate whose outcome has yet to be won. Everett's views are most recently discussed in Tom Wolfe's bestselling The Kingdom of Speech.Adventure, personal enlightenment and the makings of a scientific revolution proceed together in this vivid, funny and moving book.

Don t Sleep There Are Snakes

Don t Sleep  There Are Snakes
Author: Daniel L. Everett
Publsiher: Vintage
Total Pages: 304
Release: 2008-11-11
ISBN 10: 0307377792
ISBN 13: 9780307377791
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Don t Sleep There Are Snakes Book Review:

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.

Language

Language
Author: Daniel Everett
Publsiher: Profile Books
Total Pages: 320
Release: 2012-03-22
ISBN 10: 1847654150
ISBN 13: 9781847654151
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Language Book Review:

Like other tools, language was invented, can be reinvented or lost, and shows significant variation across cultures. It's as essential to survival as fire - and, like fire, is found in all human societies. Language presents the bold and controversial idea that language is not an innate component of the brain, as has been famously argued by Chomsky and Pinker. Rather, it's a cultural tool which varies much more across different societies than the innateness view suggests. Fusing adventure, anthropology, linguistics and psychology, and drawing on Everett's pioneering research with the Amazonian Pirahs, Language argues that language is embedded within - and is inseparable from - its specific culture. This book is like a fire that will generate much light. And much heat.

How Language Began

How Language Began
Author: Daniel Everett
Publsiher: Profile Books
Total Pages: 330
Release: 2017-09-21
ISBN 10: 1782831282
ISBN 13: 9781782831280
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

How Language Began Book Review:

In his groundbreaking new book Daniel Everett seeks answers to questions that have perplexed thinkers from Plato to Chomsky: when and how did language begin? what is it? and what is it for? Daniel Everett confounds the conventional wisdom that language originated with Homo sapiens 150,000 years ago and that we have a 'language instinct'. Drawing on evidence from a wide range of fields, including linguistics, archaeology, biology, anthropology and neuroscience, he shows that our ancient ancestors, Homo erectus, had the biological and mental equipment for speech one and half million years ago, and that their cultural and technological achievements (including building ocean-going boats) make it overwhelmingly likely they spoke some kind of language. How Language Began sheds new light on language and culture and what it means to be human and, as always, Daniel Everett spices his account with incident and anecdote. His book is convincing, arresting and entertaining.

Light at the Edge of the World

Light at the Edge of the World
Author: Wade Davis
Publsiher: D & M Publishers
Total Pages: 224
Release: 2009-12-01
ISBN 10: 9781926706894
ISBN 13: 1926706897
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Light at the Edge of the World Book Review:

For more than 30 years, renowned anthropologist Wade Davis has traveled the globe, studying the mysteries of sacred plants and celebrating the world’s traditional cultures. His passion as an ethnobotanist has brought him to the very center of indigenous life in places as remote and diverse as the Canadian Arctic, the deserts of North Africa, the rain forests of Borneo, the mountains of Tibet, and the surreal cultural landscape of Haiti. In Light at the Edge of the World, Davis explores the idea that these distinct cultures represent unique visions of life itself and have much to teach the rest of the world about different ways of living and thinking. As he investigates the dark undercurrents tearing people from their past and propelling them into an uncertain future, Davis reiterates that the threats faced by indigenous cultures endanger and diminish all cultures.

Don t Sleep There are Snakes

Don t Sleep  There are Snakes
Author: Daniel Leonard Everett
Publsiher: Pantheon
Total Pages: 283
Release: 2008
ISBN 10: 0375425020
ISBN 13: 9780375425028
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Don t Sleep There are Snakes Book Review:

A linguist offers a thought-provoking account of his experiences and discoveries while living with the Pirahã, a small tribe of Amazonian Indians living in central Brazil and a people possessing a language that defies accepted linguistic theories and reflects a culture that has no counting system, concept of war, or personal property, and lives entirely in the present. 25,000 first printing.

The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes A Hunger Games Novel

The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes  A Hunger Games Novel
Author: Suzanne Collins
Publsiher: Scholastic Inc.
Total Pages: 528
Release: 2020-05-19
ISBN 10: 1338635182
ISBN 13: 9781338635188
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes A Hunger Games Novel Book Review:

Ambition will fuel him. Competition will drive him. But power has its price.

Dark Matter of the Mind

Dark Matter of the Mind
Author: Daniel L. Everett
Publsiher: University of Chicago Press
Total Pages: 394
Release: 2017-11-06
ISBN 10: 022652678X
ISBN 13: 9780226526782
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Dark Matter of the Mind Book Review:

Is it in our nature to be altruistic, or evil, to make art, use tools, or create language? Is it in our nature to think in any particular way? For Daniel L. Everett, the answer is a resounding no: it isn’t in our nature to do any of these things because human nature does not exist—at least not as we usually think of it. Flying in the face of major trends in Evolutionary Psychology and related fields, he offers a provocative and compelling argument in this book that the only thing humans are hardwired for is freedom: freedom from evolutionary instinct and freedom to adapt to a variety of environmental and cultural contexts. Everett sketches a blank-slate picture of human cognition that focuses not on what is in the mind but, rather, what the mind is in—namely, culture. He draws on years of field research among the Amazonian people of the Pirahã in order to carefully scrutinize various theories of cognitive instinct, including Noam Chomsky’s foundational concept of universal grammar, Freud’s notions of unconscious forces, Adolf Bastian’s psychic unity of mankind, and works on massive modularity by evolutionary psychologists such as Leda Cosmides, John Tooby, Jerry Fodor, and Steven Pinker. Illuminating unique characteristics of the Pirahã language, he demonstrates just how differently various cultures can make us think and how vital culture is to our cognitive flexibility. Outlining the ways culture and individual psychology operate symbiotically, he posits a Buddhist-like conception of the cultural self as a set of experiences united by various apperceptions, episodic memories, ranked values, knowledge structures, and social roles—and not, in any shape or form, biological instinct. The result is fascinating portrait of the “dark matter of the mind,” one that shows that our greatest evolutionary adaptation is adaptability itself.

Ransom

Ransom
Author: David Malouf
Publsiher: Random House
Total Pages: 240
Release: 2011-10-31
ISBN 10: 1448113342
ISBN 13: 9781448113347
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Ransom Book Review:

In this exquisite gem of a novel, David Malouf shines new light on Homer's Iliad, adding twists and reflections, as well as flashes of earthy humour, to surprise and enchant. Lyrical, immediate and heartbreaking, Malouf's fable engraves the epic themes of the Trojan war onto a perfect miniature - themes of war and heroics, hubris and humanity, chance and fate, the bonds between soldiers, fathers and sons, all brilliantly recast for our times.

Numbers and the Making of Us

Numbers and the Making of Us
Author: Caleb Everett
Publsiher: Harvard University Press
Total Pages: 312
Release: 2017-03-13
ISBN 10: 0674979141
ISBN 13: 9780674979147
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Numbers and the Making of Us Book Review:

Number concepts are a human invention developed and refined over millennia. They allow us to grasp quantities precisely: recent research shows that most specific quantities are not perceived in the absence of a number system. Numbers are not innate or universal; yet without them, the world as we know it would not exist.

The First Word

The First Word
Author: Christine Kenneally
Publsiher: Penguin
Total Pages: 368
Release: 2007-07-19
ISBN 10: 1101202394
ISBN 13: 9781101202395
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The First Word Book Review:

An accessible exploration of a burgeoning new field: the incredible evolution of language The first popular book to recount the exciting, very recent developments in tracing the origins of language, The First Word is at the forefront of a controversial, compelling new field. Acclaimed science writer Christine Kenneally explains how a relatively small group of scientists that include Noam Chomsky and Steven Pinker assembled the astounding narrative of how the fundamental process of evolution produced a linguistic ape-in other words, us. Infused with the wonder of discovery, this vital and engrossing book offers us all a better understanding of the story of humankind.

Does It Fart

Does It Fart
Author: Nick Caruso,Dani Rabaiotti
Publsiher: Hachette Books
Total Pages: 144
Release: 2018-04-03
ISBN 10: 031648413X
ISBN 13: 9780316484138
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Does It Fart Book Review:

From the scientist duo behind True or Poo?, their original New York Times bestselling sensation--a scientifically precise, fully illustrated, utterly hilarious guide to animal flatulence. Dogs do it. Millipedes do it. Dinosaurs did it. You do it. I do it. Octopuses don't (and nor do octopi). Spiders might do it: more research is needed. Birds don't do it, but they could if they wanted to. Herrings do it to communicate with each other. In 2017 zoologist Dani Rabaiotti's teenage brother asked her a most teenaged question: Do snakes fart? Stumped, Rabaiotti turned to Twitter. The internet did not disappoint. Her innocent question spawned the hashtag #doesitfart and it spread like a noxious gas. Dozens of noted experts began weighing in on which animals do and don't fart, and if they do, how much, how often, what it's made of, what it smells like, and why. Clearly, the public demands more information on animal farts. Does it Fart? fills that void: a fully authoritative, fully illustrated guide to animal flatulence, covering the habits of 80 animals in more detail than you ever knew you needed. What do hyena farts smell especially bad? What is a fossa, and does it fart? Why do clams vomit but not fart? And what is a fart, really? Pairing hilarious illustrations with surprisingly detailed scientific explanations, Does it Fart? will allow you to shift the blame onto all kinds of unlikely animals for years to come.

Linguistic Categorization

Linguistic Categorization
Author: John R. Taylor
Publsiher: Oxford University Press
Total Pages: 308
Release: 2003-11-06
ISBN 10: 0199266646
ISBN 13: 9780199266647
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Linguistic Categorization Book Review:

This text provides a readable and clearly articulated introduction to the field of cognitive linguistics. It explores the far-reaching implications of Eleanor Rosch's seminal work on categorization and prototype theory, extending the application of prototype theory from lexical semantics to morphology, syntax and phonology. The third edition is fully revised and updated to include the considerable developments in cognitive linguistics since 1987. It covers contemporary research on polysemy, meaning relatedness and metaphors, as well as expanding the discussion of syntactic categories and the relevance of computer simulations.

Please Don t Wake the Animals

Please Don t Wake the Animals
Author: Mary Batten,Higgins Bond
Publsiher: Peachtree Publishers
Total Pages: 32
Release: 2008
ISBN 10: 9781561453931
ISBN 13: 1561453935
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Please Don t Wake the Animals Book Review:

An introduction to animal sleeping habits.

Internment

Internment
Author: Samira Ahmed
Publsiher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Total Pages: 400
Release: 2019-03-19
ISBN 10: 031652266X
ISBN 13: 9780316522663
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Internment Book Review:

An instant New York Times bestseller! "Internment sets itself apart...terrifying, thrilling and urgent."--Entertainment Weekly Rebellions are built on hope. Set in a horrifying near-future United States, seventeen-year-old Layla Amin and her parents are forced into an internment camp for Muslim American citizens. With the help of newly made friends also trapped within the internment camp, her boyfriend on the outside, and an unexpected alliance, Layla begins a journey to fight for freedom, leading a revolution against the camp's Director and his guards. Heart-racing and emotional, Internment challenges readers to fight complicit silence that exists in our society today.

Kaa s Hunting The First Jungle Book

Kaa   s Hunting  The First Jungle Book
Author: Rudyard Kipling
Publsiher: Strelbytskyy Multimedia Publishing
Total Pages: 329
Release: 2019-12-13
ISBN 10:
ISBN 13: PKEY:SMP2300000064728
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Kaa s Hunting The First Jungle Book Book Review:

During the time Mowgli was with the wolf pack, he is abducted by the Bandar-log monkeys to the ruined city. Baloo and Bagheera set out to rescue him with Kaa the python. Kaa defeats the Bandar-log, frees Mowgli, and hypnotises the monkeys and the other animals with his dance. Mowgli rescues Baloo and Bagheera from the spell. The Jungle Book (1894) is a collection of stories by English author Rudyard Kipling. The stories were first published in magazines in 1893–94. The original publications contain illustrations, some by Rudyard's father, John Lockwood Kipling. Kipling was born in India and spent the first six years of his childhood there. After about ten years in England, he went back to India and worked there for about six-and-a-half years. These stories were written when Kipling lived in Vermont. Famous stories of The Jungle Book Rudyard Kipling: Mowgli's Brothers, Kaa's Hunting, Tiger! Tiger!, The White Seal, Rikki-Tikki-Tavi, Toomai of the Elephants, Her Majesty’s Servants.

Consciousness Language and Self

Consciousness  Language  and Self
Author: Michael Robbins
Publsiher: Routledge
Total Pages: 166
Release: 2018-04-19
ISBN 10: 1351039601
ISBN 13: 9781351039604
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Consciousness Language and Self Book Review:

Consciousness, Language, and Self proposes that the human self is innately bilingual. Conscious mind includes two qualitatively distinct mental processes, each of which uses the same formal elements of language differently. The "mother tongue," the language of primordial consciousness, begins in utero and our second language, reflective symbolic thought, begins in infancy. Michael Robbins describes the respective roles the two conscious mental processes and their particular use of language play in the course of normal and pathological development, as well as the role the language of primordial consciousness plays in adult life in such phenomena as dreaming, infant-caregiver attachment, creativity, belief systems and their effects on social and political life, cultural differences, and psychosis. Examples include creative persons, extreme political figures and psychotic individuals. Five original essays, written by the author’s current and former patients, describe what they learned about their aberrant uses of language and their origins. This book sheds new light on several controversies that have been limited by the incorrect assumption that reflective representational thought and its language is the only conscious mental state. These include the debate within linguistics about whether language is the expression of a hardwired instinct whose identifying feature is recursion; within psychoanalysis about the nature of conscious and unconscious mental processes, and within cognitive philosophy about whether language and thought are isomorphic. Consciousness, Language, and Self will be of great value to psychoanalysts, as well as students and scholars of linguistics, cognitive philosophy and cultural anthropology.

Squeeze Me

Squeeze Me
Author: Carl Hiaasen
Publsiher: Vintage
Total Pages: 384
Release: 2021-05-11
ISBN 10: 052543528X
ISBN 13: 9780525435280
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Squeeze Me Book Review:

"If you could use some wild escapism right now, Hiaasen is your guy." --The New York Times From the author of Skinny Dip and Razor Girl, a hilarious, New York Times best-selling novel of social and political intrigues, set against the glittering backdrop of Florida's gold coast. WITH A NEW EPILOGUE At the height of Palm Beach's charity ball season, Kiki Pew Fitzsimmons, a prominent member of geriatric high society, suddenly vanishes during a swank gala. Kiki Pew was a founding member of the Potussies, a group of women dedicated to supporting the President, who spends half the year at the "Winter White House" just down the road. Meanwhile, Angie Armstrong, wildlife wrangler extraordinaire, is called to the island to deal with a monster-sized Burmese python that has taken residency in a tree. But the President is focused on the disappearance of Kiki Pew. Never one to miss an opportunity to play to his base, he immediately declares her a victim of rampaging immigrant hordes. This, it turns out, is far from the truth, which now lies in the middle of the road, where a bizarre discovery brings the First Lady's motorcade to a grinding halt. . . . Irreverent, ingenious, and uproariously entertaining, Squeeze Me perfectly captures the absurdity of our times.

Secrets of Snakes

Secrets of Snakes
Author: David A. Steen
Publsiher: Texas A&M University Press
Total Pages: 184
Release: 2019-09-23
ISBN 10: 1623497973
ISBN 13: 9781623497972
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Secrets of Snakes Book Review:

Snakes inspire extreme reactions. Love or hate these limbless reptiles, almost everyone is fascinated by them. Although snakes are widespread and frequently encountered, they may be more misunderstood than any other group of animals. From giant rattlesnakes to mating dances, there are dozens of myths and misconceptions about snakes. In Secrets of Snakes: The Science beyond the Myths, wildlife biologist David Steen tackles the most frequently asked questions and clears up prevailing myths. In a conversational style with a bit of humor, Steen presents the relevant biology and natural history of snakes, making the latest scientific research accessible to a general audience. When addressing myths about snakes, he explains how researchers use the scientific method to explain which parts of the myth are biologically plausible and which are not. Steen also takes a close look at conventional wisdom and common advice about snakes. For example, people are told they can distinguish coralsnakes from non-venomous mimics by remembering the rhyme, “red on black, friend of Jack, red on yellow, kill a fellow,” but this tip is only relevant to coralsnakes and two mimics living in the southeastern United States, and it does not always work with other species or in other countries. Enhanced by more than 100 stunning color photographs and three original drawings, Secrets of Snakes: The Science beyond the Myths encourages readers to learn about the snakes around them and introduces them to how scientists use the scientific method and critical thinking to learn about the natural world. Number Sixty-one: W. L. Moody Jr. Natural History Series