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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I would recommend the second for those who desire proof according to western research methods. It did have interesting nuggets that amounted to the gratification of, say, an episode of Radiolab. Recommend it for sure, especially if you are into biology, evolution, genetics, or the spiritual mysteries.

And Western languages may lack the appropriate concepts to think it through. 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.

Narby spent several years living with the Ashaninca in the Peruvian Amazon cataloging indigenous uses of rainforest resources to help combat ecological destruction.

We can’t even guess, but we haven’t got much of a clue intellifence the brain. 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.

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Mar 15, eliza rated it liked it. I disapprove of the decisions made surrounding title and subtitle given that I think they eliminate a large swath of the intended audience who may well pass it over thinking it anti-evolutionary.


It’s a pretty short read too, well worth it. Oct 06, Bob Mustin rated it really liked it. Now, in one of his most extraordinary journeys, Narby travels the globe-from the Amazon Basin to the Far East-to probe what traditional healers and pioneering researchers understand about the intelligence present in all forms of life. I didn’t enjoy it as much as Cosmic Serpent but I love the subject matter.

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To ask other readers questions about Intelligence in Natureplease sign up. Preview — Intelligence in Nature by Jeremy Narby. After studying shamanism, Narby is interested to find out how western scientists approach this subject and if they are still all stuck on the idea of a mechanical animal. Jul 23, Dan Pfeiffer rated it liked it. Return to Book Page. Essentially Jeremy Narby is asking how much sentience we are willing to grant to nature and how we are going about doing just that as science probes deeper into living systems.

It was so fascinating.

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This book is neither well written nor well argued. Open Preview See a Problem? Narby does a great job of distilling a lot of science into a digestible and breezy read.

There are no discussion topics on this book yet. I’m just reviewing after reading this a year ago, but in particular the discussion about intelligent capabilities in plants, slime molds and simple cells still resonates. He raises many examples of how animals, and even plants, exhibit intelligence. Rather than come to grips with the various definitions of intelligence, skill and knowledge, Narby skirts the issue and refuses to take any theoretical position other than this is all really complex stuff.


He uses the same first-person approach as in CS and keeps the citations and references to the endnotes. Download our Spring Fiction Sampler Now. Still, I would say that this ingelligence is arguably worth a read if you’re into that kind of subject. He not only uncovers a mysterious thread of intelligent behavior within the natural world but also probes the question of what humanity can learn from nature’s economy and knowingness in its own search for intelliigence saner and more sustainable way of life.

No trivia or quizzes yet. It was interesting and amazing that there were so many references but wish it was longer with a more cogent look at the intelligence and possibly the spiritual nature of being truly part of the natural world. His shaman friends heartily endorse the idea, regaling him, over a friendly pot of hallucinogenic ayahuasca brew, with conversations they have had in the trance state with animal and plant spirits.

The author approaches his hypothesis with caution, but an open mind and allows us to delight in his narb I read this book as part of my reading challenge to “read a book based on a true story”. May 07, Cole rated it liked it. View all 3 comments. This book questions intentionality posed as “intelligence” in nature. Two sides of the same coin.