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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Narby presents the first in-depth anthropological study of this concept in the West. Two sides of the same coin. To intellugence other readers questions about Intelligence in Natureplease sign up. It’s main problem is that he didn’t go further.


Of course, anyone who owns a cat already knows this. 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 keremy yet can navigate mazes when food is placed at either end.

Dec 22, Shaun rated it it was ok.

Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Beautiful overview of jeremt many ways Nature shows us levels of intelligence that put away our ideas that it’s somehow inferior to us. Apr 06, Ashley rated it really liked it Shelves: In The Cosmic Serpentanthropologist Narby natute that Amazonian shamans can “gain access in their visions to information related to DNA” comparable to what molecular biologists know. 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.


Jereemy trivia or quizzes yet. Still, I would say that this book is arguably worth a read if you’re into that kind of subject.

A little less cohesive than The Cosmic Serpent, but still chock-full of interesting information, some of which is only becoming publicly well-known now. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. This book follows the account of an anthropologist as he searches for intelligence in nature among the work of scientists and the sacred knowledge of the tribes of the jungle. Essentially Jeremy Narby is asking how much sentience we are willing to grant to nature and how we are going about doing just that as science probes deeper into living systems.

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.

Maybe I just prefer the speculative lengths to which Narby goes in CS, which makes this natyre seem light in comparison. In short, the current fad worldview of ‘scientific materialism’ isn’t all it’s made out to be. That’s not to say it’s bad, however. Perhaps I’ll try again someday – then again, there are an awful lot of books out there to read.

Intelligence in Nature: An Inquiry Into Knowledge

Quotes infelligence Intelligence in N I was half way through and realized all I was reading was the bibliography, though. Jersmy, 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. Why should we care that shamans think animals and plants have souls? Return to Book Page. Refresh and try again. Where his writing falters, the passion of his interviewees picks up, making it worth the effort to get through in the end. Inspired by Your Browsing History.


I devoured this book in a day.

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Paperbackpages. Bees that can abstract, slime molds solving mazes and plants that communicate is all very interesting stuff. Still, the chase is what jermey to sustain Narby, as it does the scientists he interviews and the people, like me, who read his books. The only criticism I have of this book is that it was too short. DNA and the Origins of Knowledge.

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.

I’ve quoted parts of it in conversation. LitFlash The eBooks you want at the lowest prices. Jeremy Narby is an anthropologist and writer. Sep 13, Elise rated it it was amazing.