Intelligence in Nature has ratings and 59 reviews. Anthropologist Jeremy Narby has altered how we understand the Shamanic cultures and traditions that. Editorial Reviews. From Publishers Weekly. In The Cosmic Serpent, anthropologist Narby hypothesized that Amazonian shamans can “gain access in their. Intelligence in Nature: An Inquiry into Knowledge [Jeremy Narby] on Amazon. com. *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Continuing the journey begun in his.

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Intelligence in Nature: An Inquiry Into Knowledge by Jeremy Narby

After studying shamanism, Narby is interested to naryb out how western scientists approach this subject and if they are still all stuck on the intelliegnce of a mechanical animal. Of Darwin he says: Narby spent several years living with the Ashaninca in the Peruvian Amazon cataloging indigenous uses of rainforest resources to help combat ecological destruction.

Jul 23, Clark Hugo rated it it was amazing. Of course, anyone who owns a cat already knows this. Narby presents the first in-depth anthropological study of this concept in the West.

Sep 20, William Findley added it. Recommend it for sure, especially if you are into biology, evolution, genetics, or the spiritual mysteries. 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.

Intelligence in Nature: An Inquiry Into Knowledge

It also shows that the body plays a role in the reasoning process. Narby’s take on the blending of the metaphysical and grounded sciences is a unique perspective that could give to scientific experimentation the “soulfulness” that is has been seeking in modern times Now, in one naturs 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 ni all forms of life.

But since those were just prologue, I was left with an otherwise pretty unsatisfying read. Lists with This Book. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Those already convinced of nature’s intelligence will likely not find any of the content surprising. My ratings of books on Goodreads are solely a intelligejce ranking of their utility to me, and not an evaluation of literary merit, entertainment value, social importance, humor, insightfulness, scientific accuracy, creative narbyy, 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.


The book is an academic travelogue of which relates interviews Narby conducts with various researchers and informants. Narby grew up in Canada and Switzerland, studied history at the University of Canterbury, and received a doctorate in anthropology from Stanford University. He’s an anthropologist and his inspiration comes from shamans who see our kinship with other organisms, not our differences. Goodreads helps you keep jntelligence of books you want to read. Trivia About Intelligence in N What is of interest are the descriptions of researchers views about intelljgence and the capacity of seemingly simple organisms to perform complex tasks.

And Western languages may lack the appropriate concepts to think it through. So Narby takes a great approach, of simply asking people researching intelligence in other creatures what they think it is: There was a spark of wonder and even fervent curiosity in CS that I just find lacking here.

Account Options Sign intellgience. Paperbackpages. Stay in Touch Sign up. 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 a saner and more sustainable way of life.

Sep 03, Nephyr rated it it was ok. View all 3 comments. This book follows the account intelkigence an anthropologist as he searches for intelligence in nature among the work of scientists and the sacred knowledge of the tribes of the jungle.

I disapprove of the decisions made surrounding title and subtitle given that I think they eliminate a large swath of the intended audience intekligence may well pass it over thinking it anti-evolutionary. I’m at a loss to determine who’s the target audience of this. That much I can believe. We aren’t finding an outer boundary to what is intelligent yet.

Download our Spring Fiction Sampler Now. Anthropologist Jeremy Narby has altered how we understand the Shamanic cultures and traditions that 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. Thus interviews with Japanese and Eastern European scientists doing work in this field form the evidential support for the book.


Nothing terrible about it, in fact, some interesting stuff, but I just didn’t get the feeling that the author was really the right person to be writing about it. 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.

Even bees and lowly slime molds yes, slime molds can make intelligent decisions. Want to Read Currently Reading Read.

Intelligence in Nature

Narby does a great job of distilling a lot of science into a digestible and breezy read. So after reading a lot of books and articles, he takes the reader on trips Quite disappointing after his intellogence and interesting previous book “The cosmic serpent”.

You itnelligence think you’d like Jeremy Narby as you begin to read this book. Recommend it for sure, especially if you are into biology, evolu This book was fascinating.

Nov 28, Kate rated it it was ok. No trivia or quizzes yet. Perhaps I’ll try again someday – then again, there are an awful lot of books out there to read. Anthropologist Jeremy Narby has altered how we understand the Shamanic cultures and traditions that have undergone a worldwide revival in recent years. Anthropologist Jeremy Narby has altered how we Want to Read saving….

Apr 21, Steve Wiggins rated it it was amazing. Indeed, bacteria, plants, animals, and other forms of nonhuman life display an uncanny penchant for self-deterministic decisions, patterns, and actions. This book questions intentionality posed as “intelligence” in nature.