Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Luhrmann on cultural differences in sleep

This NYT op-ed (?) is a bit of a teaser for Luhrmann's research.

Her book When God Talks Back, which is an ethnography (sorta) by a linguistic anthropologist of a Christian sect (the Vineyard church) that places a strong emphasis on communicating with God, is one of the most fascinating books I have ever read. That book, which I highly recommend, considers in more detail some of the same themes raised in the op-ed, such as how people perceive things that should not happen, such as hearing the voices of beings not physically present.

Luhrmann is high on my list of people it would be really fun to have a long lunch with.

Hat tip on the op-ed and the book: Jessica Lowen.

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