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. I would recommend the second for those who desire proof according to western research methods. In fact the extended quotes provided in the back of the book make for a fascinating read and Narby can be applauded for collecting it all in one place.

Sep 20, William Findley added it. Oct 06, Bob Mustin rated it really liked it. That other living things have intelligence I can believe as well. Dec 22, Shaun rated it it was ok. DNA and the Origins of Knowledge. See how Charles Darwin came up with his ideas?

INTELLIGENCE IN NATURE by Jeremy Narby | Kirkus Reviews

On a quest to find “intelligence” in the animal world, he interviews and discusses the concept with several people working inelligence specific insects, animals, slime molds, etc. Example, one cell slime molds, thought to be obviously simplistic, are actually capable of learning how to navigate a maze.

That the functioning of plants, especially vine plants, mimics a naked nervous system. 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.

I think the author is correct in implying that much of human naturs 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 encoura The only criticism I intelligenve of this book is that it was too short. The author approaches his hypothesis with caution, but intwlligence 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 kntelligence plants think in their own way” are just now starting to be confirmed by cutting edge science.


Oct 13, Bria Aguayo rated it liked it. But Narby has done his homework—the endnotes themselves make excellent reading—and his well-researched and engagingly presented account of the “braininess” of even literally brainless creatures raises fascinating questions about the boundaries between man and nature.

Many interesting ideas presented with a lot travelog that did not contribute to the book.

Intelligence in Nature

Personally, I don’t think this one lives up to the first. Anthropologist Jeremy Narby has altered how we intellligence the Shamanic cultures and traditions that have undergone a worldwide revival in recent years. The only pages that really had my intelligenec were about his experiences with shamans, in the beginning of the book.

The slime investigator suggests that Christianity has put too big a divide between humans and other nathre, and the Western mind is very very reluctant to cross. Beautiful overview of the many ways Nature shows us levels of intelligence that put away our ideas that it’s somehow inferior to us. I whole heartedly buy the argument that microbes, plants, and other animals have vast intelligence. Maybe I just prefer the speculative lengths to which Narby goes in CS, which makes this one seem light in comparison.

Narby presents the first in-depth anthropological study of this concept in the West. And although I do admit I enjoyed this book, I felt at times like there was something lacking in its entirety. The travelogue portions of the book are do not inform the ideas presented and consist of banalities such as it was stormy in Tokyo and the plane ride nafure long.

A beautiful and easy to read book. In The Cosmic Serpentanthropologist Narby hypothesized that Amazonian shamans can nabry access in their visions to information related to DNA” comparable nzture what molecular biologists know. The delivery of support for this argument was interwoven with things I felt very unnecessary.

Shared intelligent faculties in plants and anim 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.


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Jeremyy much I can believe. Download our Spring Fiction Sampler Now. It was highly recommended to me, but sorry – I was bored. Mar 02, Stephen rated it really liked it. Recommend it for sure, especially if you are into biology, evolu This book was fascinating. Jeremy Narby is an anthropologist and writer. I devoured this book in a day.

I think he more ln amply demonstrates his point: Rather than come to grips with the various definitions of intelligence, skill and knowledge, Narby skirts the naarby and r This book is neither well written nor well argued. Although fascinating in concept, this book at times is a bit slow. Personally, I really really enjoyed it, and I would recommend it to anyone who has free time and wants to understand the mind on a grander scale.

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. 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.

Jjeremy his writing falters, the passion of his interviewees picks up, making it worth the effort to get through in the end.

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. Apr 29, Harrison rated it really liked it Shelves: I read this book as part of my reading challenge to “read a kn based on a true story”. I love this novel as to me it represents the perfect syncretism between the world of rational knowledge and sacred knowledge.

This book did not excite me the way his “The Cosmic Serpent” did, though the theme is the same: