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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I just wish Narby’s writing was even half as engaging I appreciate much of Narby’s direction with this book, but his repetitive writing style is really tiresome. Narby presents the first in-depth anthropological study of this concept in the West.

Intelligence in Nature

Frequently in the book Narby finds solace in mundane ethical non-dilemmas of invertebrate rights and plant perception, but even on these issues he finds difficultly in taking and defending a position. Jeremy Narby is an anthropologist and writer. Bacteria communicate – and shamanship has always recognised that everything communicates.

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Intelligence in Nature: An Inquiry Into Knowledge by Jeremy Narby

Refresh and try again. Oct 06, Bob Mustin rated it really liked it. Narby has written three books, a Jeremy Narby is an anthropologist and writer. 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.

Mar 02, Stephen rated it really liked it. Ueremy try again later.

Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Trivia About Intelligence in N 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.

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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.

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.

These notes, then, often prove more edifying and entertaining than the text itself. Personally, I don’t think this one lives up natyre the first. Thanks for telling us about the problem. The follow-up to Narby’s earlier book, The Cosmic Serpent. 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. Amongst other problems, 1 Narby never ties the intelligejce that he appears to learn back to the shamanism that he opens with, 2 His attempt to answer the scientific criticism of jerey 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.

Read it Forward Read it first. I’m just reviewing after reading this a year ago, but jetemy 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.

Of course, anyone who owns a cat already knows this. But mostly the book only pages before notes is him digging up intelligence research in journals and visiting the scientists concerned. To ask other readers questions about Intelligence in Natureplease sign up.

The only pages that really had my interest were about his experiences with shamans, in the beginning of the book. It was highly recommended to me, but sorry – I was bored.


Apr 21, Steve Wiggins rated it it was amazing. Narby starts to use a Japanese term instead of intelligence; since, as the Japanese scientist 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.

Jan 23, Aaron rated it really liked it. The book is an academic travelogue of which relates interviews Narby conducts with various researchers and informants. Perhaps “an exploration into shamanism and ancient wisdom” or somesuch would have served it better!

Quotes from Intelligence in N Sects and Violence in the Ancient World. In a controlled experiment, scientists asked people to draw cards from four decks, two of which were heavily skewed with penalties.

Dec 22, Shaun rated it it was ok. Vines seem able of making decisions, or rather, choices, on finding food for survival. Now, in intdlligence 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.

Jul 14, Andrew Sampson rated it liked it. Example, one cell slime molds, thought to be obviously simplistic, are actually capable of intelliegnce how to navigate a maze.

We aren’t finding an outer boundary to what is intelligent yet. What does he discover here? It’s main problem is that he didn’t go further. I’ve quoted parts of it in conversation. Jeremy Narby is a well-established anthropologist, and this book sums up his time trying to understand native tribes and Shamanism. I think he more than amply demonstrates his point: