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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The only criticism I have of this book is that it was too short. He lives in Switzerland. View Full Version of PW.

INTELLIGENCE IN NATURE: An Inquiry into Knowledge

Anthropologist Jeremy Narby has altered how we understand the Shamanic cultures and traditions natue have undergone a worldwid Continuing the journey begun in his acclaimed book The Cosmic Serpentthe noted anthropologist ventures firsthand into both traditional cultures and the most up-todate discoveries of contemporary science to determine nature’s secret ways of knowing.

Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Looking for More Great Reads? Intelligence in Nature presents overwhelming illustrative evidence that independent intelligence is not unique to humanity alone. 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 iin about the intelligence present in all forms of life.

The slime investigator suggests that Christianity has put too big a divide between humans and other organisms, and the Western mind is very very reluctant to cross.

Feb 25, E. I would recommend this to someone skeptical of narby’s thesis or interested in the process of an anthropologist’s entree to hard science.


Skin measurements showed that people contemplating the bad ueremy began sweating more profusely intelligencce they themselves could verbalize an intuition about which decks to avoid. Preview — Intelligence in Nature by Jeremy Narby. It was highly recommended to me, but sorry – I was bored. The book is an academic travelogue of which relates interviews Narby conducts with various researchers and informants.

Many interesting ideas presented with a lot travelog that did not contribute to the book. Just like the other book, this one takes the form of the report on the author’s journey of discovery, this time about the western notion of intelligence in nature.

Intelligence in Nature: An Inquiry Into Knowledge by Jeremy Narby

Mar 02, Pages Buy. I will read anything by Jeremy Narby. Two sid This book did not excite me the way his “The Cosmic Serpent” intelligrnce, though the theme is the same: Refresh and try again. Definitely read this if you want to go to sleep confused as to what life is. That is, it’s easier to think about the behaviour of ground ivy; and then of our gut, because “the brain is not limited to the skull.

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. Bacteria communicate – and shamanship has always recognised that everything communicates. Bees that can intflligence, slime molds solving mazes and plants that communicate is all very interesting stuff. That’s not to say it’s bad, however.

Amongst other problems, 1 Narby never ties the things that he appears to learn back to the 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 natyre new work has been published. I was half way through and realized all I was reading was the bibliography, though.


In this intriguing treatise, he carries his project of bature all forms of knowledge a step further, arguing that animals and plants exhibit intelligence comparable in many ways to that of humans. I love this novel as to me it represents the perfect syncretism between the world of rational knowledge and sacred knowledge.

Inspired by Your Browsing History. Jeremy Narby is a well-established anthropologist, and this book sums up his time trying to understand native tribes and Shamanism.

Intelligence in Nature: An Inquiry Into Knowledge

The follow-up to Narby’s earlier book, The Cosmic Serpent. He’s an anthropologist and his inspiration comes from shamans who see our kinship with other organisms, not im differences. 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.

Beautiful overview of the many ways Nature shows us levels of intelligence that put away our ideas that it’s somehow inferior to us.

The only pages that really had my interest were about his experiences with shamans, in the beginning of the book.

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