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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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Thus interviews with Japanese and Eastern European scientists doing work in this field form the evidential support for the book. And although I do admit I enjoyed this book, I felt at times like there was something lacking in its entirety. Bees that can abstract, slime molds solving mazes nrby plants that communicate intleligence all very interesting stuff. Two sides of the same coin. Intelligence in Nature presents overwhelming illustrative evidence that independent intelligence is not unique to humanity alone.

Apr 13, Ard rated it it was ok Shelves: Instead, he asks the questions of scientists who do and some have been doing this research for a quarter-century. I read this book as part of my meremy challenge to “read a book based on a true story”. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.

Feb 25, E. Recommend it for sure, especially if you are into biology, evolution, genetics, or the spiritual mysteries. Open Preview See a Problem? To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

I’ve quoted parts of it in conversation. Amongst other problems, 1 Narby never ties the things that he appears to learn back to the shamanism that he opens with, 2 His attempt to answer the scientific criticism of his own work fails, 3 the book is dated in nwrby of the science he describes as most of that work has advanced and much new work has been published.


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Intelligenxe seem able of making decisions, or rather, choices, on finding food for survival. Narby spent several natire living with the Ashaninca in the Peruvian Amazon cataloging indigenous uses of rainforest resources to help combat ecological destruction. Apr 21, Steve Wiggins rated it it was amazing. We can’t even guess, but we haven’t got much of a clue on the brain. Personally, I don’t think this one lives up to the first.

Anthropologist Jeremy Narby has altered how we understand the Shamanic cultures and traditions that have undergone a worldwide revival in recent years.

Inhelligence his writing falters, the passion of his interviewees picks up, making it worth the effort to get through in the end. May 07, Cole rated it liked it. Many interesting ideas presented with a lot travelog that did not contribute to the book.

Dec 22, Shaun rated it it was ok. It was interesting and amazing that there were so many references but wish it was longer with a more cogent look at the intelligence and possibly the spiritual nature of being truly part of the natural world. So after reading a lot of books and articles, he takes the reader on trips Quite disappointing after his original and interesting previous book “The cosmic serpent”.

That’s not to say it’s bad, however. Mar 02, Stephen rated it really liked it. Indeed, bacteria, plants, animals, and other forms of nonhuman life display an uncanny penchant for self-deterministic decisions, patterns, and actions. Perhaps I’ll try again someday – then again, there are an awful lot of books out there to read. Discover what to read next. Feb 16, Lynn Wilson rated it intellifence it. My gut alone contains about one ejremy million neurons capable of learning, remembering, and responding to emotions, just like the larger brain in my head.


Even bees and lowly slime molds yes, slime molds can make intelligent decisions. Two sid This book did not excite me the way his “The Cosmic Serpent” did, though the theme is the same: No trivia or quizzes yet.

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It was so fascinating. The delivery of support for this argument was interwoven with things I felt very unnecessary. Jeremy Narby is an anthropologist and writer.

In The Cosmic Serpentanthropologist Narby hypothesized that Amazonian shamans can “gain access in their visions to information related to DNA” comparable to what molecular biologists know. In a controlled experiment, scientists asked people to draw cards from four decks, two of which narbu heavily skewed with penalties.


It’s main problem is that he didn’t go further. Trivia About Intelligence in N Apr 06, Ashley rated it really liked it Shelves: Why should we care that shamans think animals and plants have souls?

Inspired by Your Browsing History. Oct intslligence, Bob Mustin rated it really liked it. Jul 23, Clark Hugo rated it it was amazing.

Those already convinced of nature’s intelligence will likely not find any of the content surprising. Looking for More Great Reads? Please try again later. Nov 15, Ogi Ogas jature it it was ok.