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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Intelligence in Nature presents overwhelming illustrative evidence that independent intelligence is not unique to humanity alone. Sep 03, Nephyr rated it it was ok. This book was fascinating. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.

Recommend it bature sure, especially if you are into biology, evolution, genetics, or the spiritual mysteries. 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. Open Preview See a Problem?

Be the first to ask a question about Intelligence in Nature. Paperbackpages. Jul 14, Andrew Sampson rated it liked it. Narby has written three books, as well as sponsored an expedition to the rainforest for biologists and other scientists to examine indigenous knowledge systems and the utility of Ayahuasca in gaining knowledge.

Instead, he asks the questions of scientists who do and some have been doing this research for a quarter-century. But mostly the book only pages before notes is him digging up intelligence research in journals and visiting the scientists concerned.

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That much I can believe. Essentially Jeremy Narby is asking how much sentience we ar This book questions intentionality posed as “intelligence” in nature.

Narby grew up in Canada and Switzerland, studied history at the University of Canterbury, and received a doctorate in anthropology from Stanford University. We are experiencing technical difficulties.

Intelligence in Nature: An Inquiry Into Knowledge

Of course, anyone who owns a cat already knows this. Even bees and lowly slime molds yes, slime molds can make intelligent decisions. Trivia About Intelligence in N I read this book as part of my reading challenge to “read a book based on a true story”. Maybe I just prefer the speculative lengths to which Narby goes in CS, which makes this one seem light in comparison. A beautiful and easy to read book.


Nov 15, Ogi Ogas rated it it was ok. Stay in Touch Sign up. Also by Jeremy Narby. 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. We can’t even guess, but we haven’t got much of a clue on the brain.

Narby has written three books, a Jeremy Narby is an anthropologist and writer.

INTELLIGENCE IN NATURE: An Inquiry into Knowledge

Narby presents the first in-depth anthropological study of this concept in the West. Although fascinating in concept, this book at times is a bit slow. I appreciate much of Narby’s direction with this book, natufe his repetitive writing style is really tiresome. I whole heartedly buy the naby that microbes, plants, and other animals have vast intelligence. This book did not excite me the way his “The Cosmic Serpent” did, though the theme is the same: 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.

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. Narby does a great job of distilling a lot of science into a digestible and breezy read. The only pages that really had my interest were about naature experiences with shamans, in the beginning of the book. Amazonian Shamans, Narby tells us, are able to harness the medicinal properties of plants because the Shamans communicate with them while under the influence of ayahuasca.

We aren’t finding an outer nture to what is intelligent yet. See how Charles Darwin came up with his ideas? Want to Read Currently Reading Read. My jeeremy of books on Goodreads are solely a crude ranking of their utility to me, and not an evaluation of literary merit, entertainment value, social importance, humor, insightfulness, scientific accuracy, creative vigor, 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.


Scientists and shaman’s are given equal weight, and it is clear the author has a lot jerejy respect for the revelatory powers of ayahuasca. No trivia or quizzes intflligence. DNA and the Origins of Knowledge. Indeed, bacteria, plants, animals, and other forms of nonhuman life display an uncanny penchant for self-deterministic decisions, patterns, and actions.

So after reading a lot of books and articles, he takes the reader on trips to various scienitists around the world and interviews them about their research. For further confirmation, he talks to Western scientists who have done remarkable research on cases of nonhuman intelligence, like bees with abstract reasoning, crows that manufacture standardized tools, pigeons that distinguish between the works of Van Gogh and Chagall about as well as college students do, octopuses that break out of and into their tanks and slime molds that solve mazes.

Seeing as we are part of nature, and also self-evidently intelligent, should we be so surprised.

I was half way through and realized all I was reading was the bibliography, though. Not as revelatory as The Cosmic Serpent but still an interesting read on the prevalence of intelligence in plants and naure beyond the accepted traditional scientific evaluation of Western science.

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There definitely are some interesting parts here and there, but after finishing it I just wasn’t impressed with what I had learned. Books of the Week. Two sid This book did intflligence excite me the way his “The Cosmic Serpent” did, though the theme is the same: View Full Version of PW.