science: May 2011 Archives

275x250.jpgResearchers say they've discovered an Amazonian tribe which has no abstract concept of time or dates.

This means the Amondawa people of Brazil don't have the linguistic structures that relate time and space and lack words for "time", "week", "month" or "year".

Instead they only have divisions of day and night and rainy and dry seasons. Also no-one in the tribe has an age and their name changes to reflect their life stage.

The result is that there's never a rush to get anything done and no-one is talking about what will be happening "tomorrow" or "next week".

A team of academics including linguists and anthropologists say they made the find after spending eight weeks living with the Amondawa… though the tribe say it felt like longer.




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