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 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. These notes, then, often prove more edifying and entertaining than the text itself. That’s not to say it’s bad, however. 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. And although I do admit I enjoyed this book, I felt at times like there was something lacking in its entirety. This one is subtitled “An inquiry of Knowledge” and will appeal more to the western mind that is attracted to scientific research.

Intelligence is one of those concepts which is age old and essential, but being fundamentally rearticulated in modern times. 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.

Please try again later. In a controlled experiment, scientists asked people to draw cards from four decks, two of which were heavily skewed with penalties. Many interesting ideas presented with a lot travelog that did not contribute to the book. The follow-up to Narby’s earlier book, The Cosmic Serpent.

That the functioning of plants, especially vine plants, mimics a naked nervous system. In short, the current fad worldview of ‘scientific materialism’ isn’t all it’s made out to be. I’ve quoted parts of it in conversation. Even bees and lowly slime molds yes, slime molds can make intelligent decisions. View Full Version of PW. This book was fascinating. Sep 20, William Findley added it.


More By and About This Author. The author’s personal journey and reflections enrich the story further by encouraging us to also look within and consider the implications of the intelligence in nature all around us.

Two sides of the same coin. Intelligence in Nature presents overwhelming illustrative evidence that independent intelligence is not unique to humanity alone. 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 lntelligence in all forms of life.

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”. A little less cohesive than The Cosmic Serpent, but still chock-full of interesting information, some of which is only becoming publicly jereny now. Recommend it for sure, especially if you are into biology, evolu This book was fascinating.

Also by Jeremy Narby. 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.

After reading this book, you may look at insects and trees differently. Shared intelligent faculties inteligence plants and animals may be more common than humans realize and transcend the realm of purely instinctual mechanistic survival tasking. I just wish Narby’s writing was even half as engaging as the ideas he posits!

My ratings 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 intelligwnce 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 nagure a single digit.

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I would recommend this to someone skeptical of narby’s itelligence or interested in the process of an anthropologist’s entree to hard science. Open Preview See a Problem? Nov 08, Desiree rated it really liked it. I will read anything by Jeremy Narby. 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 inrelligence research.

Feb 16, Lynn Wilson rated it liked it.


Maybe I just prefer the speculative lengths to which Narby goes in CS, which makes this one seem light in comparison. Recommend it for sure, especially if you are into biology, evolution, genetics, or the spiritual mysteries.

Jeremy Narby is a well-established anthropologist, and this book sums up his time trying to understand native tribes and Shamanism.

What these researchers and informants have to relate is of interest, but how these ideas are related is not. The author approaches his hypothesis with caution, but an open mind and allows us to delight intdlligence his discoveri I read this book as part of my reading challenge to “read a book based on a true story”.

Be the first to ask a question about Intelligence in Nature. Sects and Violence in the Ancient World. Having a gut feeling is not just a metaphor. This book is neither well written nor well argued. Read it Forward Read it first. Apr 21, Steve Wiggins rated it it was amazing. 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.

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Of intelilgence, anyone who owns a cat already knows this. And while there are some fascinating pieces of information in this small book slime molds solve mazes? Sep 13, Elise rated it it was amazing. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.