Dark Matter of the MindThe Institute of Art and Ideas
What you'll learn on the course
- Daniel Everett
Daniel Everett is an author and academic best known for his study of the Amazon’s Pirahã people and their language. Professor Everett is one of the world’s leading and most original linguists, having spent much of his life living with the Pirahã, arguing that their language disproves the argument for a ‘Universal Grammar’, instead suggesting that language is a cultural tool.
Everett is Dean of Arts and Sciences at Bentley University, and is the author ofLanguage: The Cultural Tool, and Don’t Sleep, There Are Snakes: Life and Language in the Amazonian Jungle.
- Part One: Mind and MatterWhat makes our minds unique? How do structures of knowledge and culture build on the brain?
- Part Two: The Self and Non-SelfWhy do we experience a sense of self? Everett considers memory, culture, language and the body.
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