Losing Religion to the Amazonian Piraha Tribe – Daniel Everett

Complete video at: fora.tv Linguistics professor Daniel Everett explains the idea of “xibipiio,” a way of life he encountered while studying the language of the Amazonian Piraha tribe. Everett, a former Christian missionary, was challenged to rethink his faith after learning the Piraha’s concept of experiential liminality. —– Professor Daniel Everett, author of Don’t Sleep, There Are Snakes, discusses the importance of preserving dying languages. He describes his experience living with the Piraha people in Brazil, and explores what Piraha, both the people and the language, can teach us about human nature. – The Long Now Foundation Daniel Leonard Everett (born 1951 in Holtville, California) is a linguistics professor best known for his study of the Amazon Basin’s Piraha people and their language. He currently serves as Chair of the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures at Illinois State University in Normal, Illinois. He previously taught at the University of Manchester and is former Chair of the Linguistics Department of the University of Pittsburgh.
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15 Responses to Losing Religion to the Amazonian Piraha Tribe – Daniel Everett

  1. Salere Roshuna says:

    Highly recommended counterpoint to this video: youtube.com / watch?v=J3jWI4cPRMg – an independent interview with two Pirahã, who see things a bit differently from Daniel Everett.

  2. acmsindia says:

    BIble have onely one big evidence That is as follows.Father(GOD) talk with jesus in 1200 place the word of Father(GOD) is changed that means that places are filled with the word ” jesus” ,so we can not under stand the bible .If anybody want to under stand bible kindly connect the “JEGOVA WITNESS” they teach you how to identify that.so we can read and under stand bible in proper way. As per bible JESUS is not a god . He also not only one son of god.(MORE THEN 4 Persons available)

  3. blicksflicks says:

    Waldeinburg, I’ve been through a lot with Jesus, the Bible and all that stuff. I’ve read that whole Bible. I grew up in South Georgia, and was trained and taught that Jesus was the only way to Father. I was taught Jesus was God in the flesh, and that he died for every single person on the entire planet. However, I never really questioned things until later. When I did, I opened up a can of worms. I found out many things I was taught were lies. It was sad. That’s why I’m a Deist now.

  4. blicksflicks says:

    Josephus’ Antiquity of the Jews is filled with interpolations about Jesus. Even his Biblical chronology doesn’t match up with the Bible. It’s as if he were reading an entirely different Bible than we read today. You can’t use Josephus as historical evidence for Jesus. It just doesn’t work. Also, the quick rise of the Jesus movement is no different than the rise of Buddhism, Hinduism or any other religion.

  5. Waldeinburg says:

    You can’t compare Krishna and Buddha. The former is a deity, the latter is a human, who btw might actually have existed. And you can’t compare ancient Sanskrit writings, whose textual history is uncertain, with the gospels, which are written within 30 to 70 years after the death of the person they claim to speak about. (Well, whatever, we agree that Jesus is historical.) As for Antiquity, only the part about Jesus being the son of God is likely to be an interpolation.

  6. blicksflicks says:

    Well, by your estimations, Krishna existed and Buddha existed, too. I mean, after all, you have to account for the quick rise of Hinduism and Buddhism, right? There have been many gods created by mankind that never existed at all. Personally, I think Jesus was a historical figure, but that doesn’t make him the Son of God. As for Josephus, those interpolations in Antiquity of the Jews. They can’t be trusted as historically reliable.

  7. Waldeinburg says:

    The gospels are not the only evidence. The jewish historian, Josephus, briefly mentioned him. Also, if you claim that Jesus did not exist you have to account for the quick rise of the “Jesus movement” in another reasonable way. That does not mean you’ll have to accept all aspects of the account of the gospels (that’s another discussion), but claiming that Jesus from Nazareth did not exist is silly.

  8. blicksflicks says:

    What evidence is there that Christianity is historical? We have absolutely no evidence Moses was even in the desert. We have no evidence for King Solomon’s existence. We have no evidence for Noah’s flood. We have absolutely no evidence for the existence of Jesus Christ with the exception of four small gospel account that could have been written by anyone. I could go on and on. How can you say there is evidence for the Biblical events in the Bible? There’s none. We have absolutely no evidence.

  9. Hokumanga says:

    Obviously you haven’t read the book, pretentious ass. Shut up.

  10. Surfxeo says:

    I see what really happened was that the guy who claimed to be a missionary had absolutely zero knowledge of the claims of Christianity from which they are based on. He doesn’t know what the real evidence of history was that makes Christianity the strongest evince of anything from the ancient world. He should have been asked for “What was the evidence for Julius Caesar, Augustus, Alexander. Saying “Did you know his father”. Does not fly with real scholarship. All claims “must” have evidence.

  11. ultraxmusic says:

    They focus only on now and demand evidence? Sounds like Zen Buddhism would be more compatible with them.

  12. islandbuoy4 says:

    PhDuh mushrooms? close guess both jesus and mushrooms grow best in the dark…. hey plato can ya help out an ignorant humanity understand bible therapies? hey plato can you make the ignorant understand when jesus says he came to bring war not peace it is because when you put an ignorant fuck in front of a MIRROR, he is blind to the wanker he sees… its that simpleton jesus is your fucking shadow .. but most sheeple prefer mushrooms and DMT to facing their ewe inner… baa baa baa

  13. ExN1hilo says:

    A people with no history, no memory, no way of knowing there is an outside world. The ultimate empiricists? No. The ultimate solipsists. Sad.

  14. rosmarinusofficialis says:

    Being interested in linguistics I found his book fascinating, and as an atheist I cheered when he became one, too.

  15. MrDoremouse says:

    I’ve never taken psychedelics (ok apart from a quite low dose of mushrooms that wasn’t really very radical in it’s effects) as I’m quite highly strung, and the thought lingers that I’m missing out (the idea of someone going thru life never having a visionary psychedelic experience HORRIFIED Terence McKenna).Um, I suppose there’s non drug mysticism.

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