Intelligence in nature: an inquiry into knowledge / Jeremy Narby. some difficulty with the possibility of both nonhuman intelligence and the subjective acquis-. Intelligence in Nature has ratings and 59 reviews. Anthropologist Jeremy Narby has altered how we understand the Shamanic cultures and traditions that. Intelligence in Nature: An Inquiry into Knowledge is a non-fiction book by Jeremy Narby. The book is an ethnographic work which continues Narby’s quest .

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Jul 14, Andrew Sampson rated it liked it. In fact the extended quotes provided in the back of the book make for a fascinating read and Narby can be applauded for collecting it all in one place. The first untelligence are rather neat, and definitely conform to the mind-altering experience that is a Narby book. Scientists and shaman’s are given equal weight, and it is clear the author has a lot of respect for the revelatory powers of ayahuasca.

Jeremy Narby is an anthropologist and writer. Bacteria communicate – and shamanship has always recognised that everything communicates.

Plants learn, remember and decide, without brains. Jeremy Narby is a well-established anthropologist, and this book sums up his time jeemy to understand native tribes and Shamanism. He uses the same first-person approach as in CS and keeps the citations and references to the endnotes.

The travelogue portions of the book are do not inform the ideas presented and consist of banalities such as it was stormy in Tokyo and the plane ride was long. My gut alone contains about one hundred million neurons capable of learning, remembering, and responding to emotions, just like the larger brain in my head. Jul 23, Clark Hugo rated it it was amazing.

In The Cosmic Serpentanthropologist Narby hypothesized that Amazonian shamans can “gain access in their visions to information related to DNA” comparable to what molecular biologists know. Shared intelligent faculties in plants and anim Not as revelatory as The Cosmic Serpent but still an interesting read on the prevalence of intelligence in plants and animals beyond the accepted traditional scientific evaluation of Western science.

Sep 20, William Findley added it. Quotes inelligence Intelligence in N But Narby has done his homework—the endnotes themselves make excellent reading—and his well-researched and engagingly presented account of the “braininess” of even literally brainless creatures raises fascinating questions about the boundaries between man and nature. Example, one cell slime molds, thought naeby be obviously simplistic, are actually capable intelligenfe learning how to navigate a maze.


Intelligence in Nature presents overwhelming illustrative evidence that independent intelligence is intelligebce unique to humanity alone. Sects and Violence in the Ancient World. Read it Forward Read it first. But having a good bibliography is not enough for me to recommend reading the book. Seeing as we are part of nature, and also self-evidently intelligent, should we be so surprised. In short, the current fad jermy of ‘scientific materialism’ isn’t all it’s made out to be.

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Maybe I just prefer the speculative lengths to which Narby goes in CS, which makes this one seem light in comparison. I read this book as part of my reading challenge to “read a book based on a true story”. Why should we care that shamans think animals and plants have souls? Apr 29, Harrison rated it really liked it Shelves: Even bees and lowly slime molds yes, slime molds can make intelligent decisions.

Jul 10, Bryn Hammond rated it liked it Shelves: My ratings of books on Goodreads are solely a crude ranking of their utility to me, and not an evaluation of literary merit, entertainment value, social importance, humor, insightfulness, scientific accuracy, creative vigor, suspensefulness of plot, depth of characters, vitality of theme, excitement of climax, satisfaction of ending, or any other combination of dimensions of value which we are expected to boil down through some fabulous alchemy into a single digit.

There was a spark of wonder and even fervent curiosity in CS that I just find lacking here. Bees that can abstract, slime molds solving mazes and plants that communicate is all very interesting stuff. Narby presents the first in-depth anthropological study of this concept in the West. The author’s personal journey and reflections enrich the story further by encouraging us to also look within and consider the implications of the intelligence in nature all around us.

But mostly the book only pages before notes is him digging up intelligence intelilgence in journals and jerey the scientists concerned. Amongst other jedemy, 1 Narby never ties the things that he appears to learn back to the shamanism that he opens with, 2 His attempt to intelligencf the scientific criticism of his own work fails, 3 the book is dated in terms of the science he describes as most of that work has advanced and much new work has been published.


So after reading a lot of books and articles, he takes the reader on trips to various scienitists around the world and interviews them about their research. May 07, Cole rated it liked it. The author found a better term as the result of a visit to Japan where there in not such a distinction of man-vs-nature in the concept of chi-sei, which conotates a sort of knowingness or recognizing-ness and as exemplified by creatures such as slime molds which lack a nervous system or a brain, are unicellular yet can navigate mazes when food is placed at either end.

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The delivery of support for this argument was interwoven with things I felt very unnecessary. LitFlash The eBooks you want at the lowest prices.

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These notes, then, often prove more edifying and entertaining than the text itself. Oct 13, Bria Aguayo rated it liked it. The slime investigator suggests that Christianity has put too big a divide between humans and other organisms, jeremu the Western mind is very very reluctant to cross.

Refresh and try again. Paperbackpages. The book is an academic travelogue of which relates interviews Narby conducts with various researchers and informants.

INTELLIGENCE IN NATURE: An Inquiry into Knowledge

I has written three books, as well as sponsored an expedition to the rainforest for biologists and other scientists to examine indigenous knowledge systems and the utility of Ayahuasca in gaining knowledge.

Aug 21, Rex rated it really liked it. It’s main problem is that he didn’t go further.

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