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 whole heartedly buy the argument that microbes, plants, and other animals have vast intelligence. Jul 23, Clark Hugo rated it it was amazing.

Narby presents the first in-depth anthropological study of this concept in the West. Bacteria communicate – and shamanship has always recognised that everything communicates. Anthropologist Jeremy Narby has altered how we understand the Shamanic cultures and traditions that have undergone a worldwid 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.

He lives in Switzerland. I’m just reviewing after reading this a year ago, but in particular the discussion about intelligent capabilities in plants, slime molds and simple cells still resonates. The author found a better term as the result of a visit to Japan where there in not such a distinction of man-vs-nature in the concept of chi-sei, which conotates a sort of knowingness or recognizing-ness and as exemplified by creatures such as slime molds which lack a nervous system or a brain, are unicellular yet can navigate mazes when food is placed at either end.

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Shared intelligent faculties in plants and animals may be more common than humans realize and transcend the realm of purely instinctual mechanistic survival tasking. But there’s something missing. This book is neither well written nor well argued.

INTELLIGENCE IN NATURE: An Inquiry into Knowledge

Narby presents the first in-depth anthropological study of this concept in the West. Oct 13, Bria Aguayo rated it liked it. This book did not excite me the way his “The Cosmic Serpent” did, though the theme is the same: In a controlled experiment, scientists asked people to draw cards from four decks, two of which were heavily skewed with penalties.

May 07, Cole rated it liked it. He raises many examples of how animals, and even plants, exhibit intelligence. Jan 23, Aaron rated it really liked it. The follow-up to Narby’s earlier book, The Cosmic Serpent. I would recommend the second for those who desire proof according to western research methods. I love many of the animal studies included in this book but why ruin those studies with musings about shamans? This one is subtitled “An inquiry of Knowledge” and will appeal more to the western mind that is attracted to scientific research.

Nov 08, Desiree rated it really liked it. Oct 06, Bob Mustin rated it jerejy liked it.

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”. Narby grew up in Canada and Switzerland, studied history bature the University of Canterbury, and received a doctorate in anthropology from Stanford University. Apr 29, Harrison rated it really liked it Shelves: But mostly the book only pages before notes is him digging up intelligence research in journals and visiting the scientists concerned.


Example, one cell slime molds, heremy to be obviously simplistic, are actually capable of learning how to navigate a maze. More By and About This Author.

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This book was fascinating. The author approaches his hypothesis with caution, but an 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 “even plants think in their own way” are just now starting to be confirmed by cutting edge science.

Why should we care that shamans think animals and plants have souls? The premise of the book is to narbu that intelligent behavior is pervasive in nature and not an anture human attribute.

Personally, I don’t think this one lives up intellgience the first. He uses the same first-person approach as in CS and keeps the citations and references to the endnotes. Just like the other book, this one takes the form of the report on the author’s journey of discovery, this time about the western notion of intelligence in nature. Open Preview See a Problem? It’s a pretty short read too, well worth it.

Even bees and lowly slime molds yes, slime molds can make intelligent decisions. LitFlash The eBooks you want at the lowest prices.