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 10, Bryn Hammond rated it liked it Shelves: I narny enjoy it as much as Cosmic Serpent but I love the subject matter. He lives in Switzerland. I will read anything by Jeremy Narby.

I love many of the animal studies included in this book but why ruin those studies with musings about shamans? Not as revelatory as The Cosmic Serpent but still an interesting read on the prevalence of intellivence in plants and animals beyond the accepted traditional scientific evaluation of Western science.

Sep 03, Nephyr rated it it was ok. I’ve quoted parts of it in conversation. 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.

Intelligence in Nature

But having a good bibliography is not enough for me to recommend reading the book. That much I can believe. 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 first pages are rather neat, and definitely conform to the mind-altering experience that is a Narby book. I would recommend the second for those who desire proof according to western research methods. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Inspired by Your Browsing History.

Bacteria communicate – and shamanship has always recognised that everything communicates. Apr 21, Steve Wiggins rated it it was amazing.

Feb 16, Lynn Wilson rated it liked it. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Such research shows that emotions are a mix of brain states and body experiences, which include increased heart rate, hormonal activity, and input from the gut brain. 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 encourages that view. It’s main problem is that he didn’t go further.

Narby starts to use a Japanese term instead of intelligence; since, as the Japanese jature says to him, “I feel that behind this term, there is Western Christian culture, in which intelligence is a gift from the God to humans only. Still, the chase is what seems to sustain Narby, as it does the scientists he interviews and the people, like me, who read his books.

DNA intekligence the Origins of Knowledge. Books of the Week. 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

Narby presents the first in-depth anthropological study of this concept in the West. Mar 15, eliza rated it liked it. Be the first to ask a question about Intelligence in Nature.

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The author approaches his hypothesis with caution, but an open mind and allows us to delight in his discoveri I read this book as part of my reading challenge to “read a book based on a true story”. Still, I would say that this book is arguably worth a read if you’re into that kind of subject.

Intelligence in Nature: An Inquiry Into Knowledge

It was so fascinating. Instead, he asks the questions of scientists who do and some have been doing this intelligencd for a quarter-century. I’m just reviewing after reading this a year ago, but in particular the discussion about intelligent capabilitie Intelligence is one of those concepts which is age old and essential, but being fundamentally rearticulated in modern times.

That the functioning of plants, especially vine plants, mimics a naked nervous system. Sep 13, Elise rated it it was amazing. 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.

Books by Jeremy Narby. Recommend it for sure, especially if you are into biology, evolution, genetics, or the spiritual mysteries.

And while there are some fascinating pieces of information in this small book slime molds solve mazes? We are experiencing technical difficulties. Return to Book Page. Intelligence in Nature presents overwhelming illustrative evidence that independent intelligence is not unique to humanity alone.

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