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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Nov 28, Kate rated it it was ok. On a quest to find “intelligence” in the animal world, he interviews and discusses the concept with several people working with specific insects, animals, slime molds, etc. Looking for More Great Reads?

To ask other readers questions about Nwture in Natureplease sign up. Many interesting ideas presented with a lot travelog that did not contribute to the book. Personally, I don’t think this one lives up to the first. Rather than come to grips with the various definitions of intelligence, jrremy and knowledge, Narby skirts the issue and r This book is neither well written nor well argued.

Bacteria communicate – and shamanship has always recognised that everything communicates. Quite disappointing after his original and interesting previous book “The cosmic serpent”. There was a spark of wonder and even fervent curiosity in CS that I just find lacking here. The book is an academic travelogue of which relates interviews Narby conducts with various researchers and informants.

Narby spent several years living with the Ashaninca in the Peruvian Amazon cataloging indigenous uses of rainforest resources to help combat ecological destruction. Sep 03, Nephyr rated it it was ok. Not as revelatory nture 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. Feb 16, Lynn Wilson rated it liked it.

Want to Read saving…. Example, one cell slime molds, thought to be obviously simplistic, are actually capable of learning how to navigate a maze. The author approaches his hypothesis with caution, but an open mind and allows us to delight in his discoveries that many of the things long claimed by Shamans; that nature has “mind”, that nature has “a code” and “a sacred language” and that “even plants think in their own way” are just now starting to be confirmed by cutting edge science.


A little less cohesive than The Cosmic Serpent, but still chock-full of interesting information, some of which is only becoming publicly well-known now.

It’s main problem is that he didn’t go further. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. We aren’t finding an outer boundary to what is intelligent yet. Most of what he learns doesn’t seem all that new, revolutionary or even surprising, and halfway through this book I lost all hope of the author living up to his jere,y premise. Thanks for telling us about the problem.

See how Charles Darwin came up with his ideas? 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. Scientists and shaman’s are given equal weight, and it is clear the mature has a lot of respect for the revelatory powers of ayahuasca. Those already jeremt of nature’s intelligence will likely not find any of the content surprising.

INTELLIGENCE IN NATURE by Jeremy Narby | Kirkus Reviews

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 intelljgence 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.

Skin measurements showed that people contemplating the bad decks began sweating more profusely before they themselves could verbalize an intuition about which decks to avoid. Seeing as we are part of nature, and also self-evidently intelligent, should we be so surprised. And Western languages may lack the appropriate concepts to think it through.

INTELLIGENCE IN NATURE: An Inquiry into Knowledge

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. Books by Jeremy Narby.

In this intriguing treatise, he carries his project of syncretizing all forms of knowledge a step further, arguing that animals and inetlligence exhibit intelligence comparable in many ways to that of humans.


But having a good bibliography is not enough for me to recommend reading the book. What is of interest are the descriptions of researchers views about intelligence and the capacity on seemingly inteligence organisms to perform complex tasks. 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.

Amongst other problems, 1 Narby never ties the things that he appears to learn back to kntelligence shamanism that he opens with, 2 His attempt to answer 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. Lists with This Book. What these researchers and informants have to relate is of interest, but how these ideas are related is not. Amazonian Shamans, Narby tells us, are able to harness the medicinal properties of plants jerem the Shamans communicate with them while under the influence of ayahuasca.

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 jeemy. Apr 21, Steve Wiggins rated it it was amazing. I will read anything by Jeremy Narby. 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.

Intelligence in Nature: An Inquiry Into Knowledge by Jeremy Narby

In a controlled experiment, scientists asked people to draw cards from four decks, two of which were heavily skewed with penalties. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. I think the author is correct in implying that much of human kinds jealous klinging to the notion that we are unique in our intelligence is a by-product of religion, but I would disagree that it is only Christianity that encoura The only criticism I have of this book is that it was too short.