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Intelligence in Nature has ratings and 59 reviews. Anthropologist Jeremy Narby has altered how we understand the Shamanic cultures and traditions that. Editorial Reviews. From Publishers Weekly. In The Cosmic Serpent, anthropologist Narby hypothesized that Amazonian shamans can “gain access in their. Intelligence in Nature: An Inquiry into Knowledge [Jeremy Narby] on Amazon. com. *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Continuing the journey begun in his.

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

Account Options Sign in. 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. So after reading a lot of books and articles, he takes the reader on trips Quite disappointing after his original and interesting intelligenxe book “The cosmic serpent”.

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My library Help Advanced Book Search. Rather than come to grips with the various definitions of intelligence, skill and knowledge, Narby skirts the issue itnelligence refuses to take any theoretical position other than this is all really complex stuff. There are no discussion topics on this book yet.

LitFlash The eBooks you want at the lowest prices. May 19, Steve Paulson rated it liked it Shelves: DNA and the Origins of Knowledge.

I had the feeling that Narby had a much more interesting book in mind before he started research and writing, at least I did when I started reading it. Open Preview See nathre Problem? Want to Read Currently Reading Read. 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. Because, though the scientific data has come in lately, “What may still be lacking among Westerners is a willingness to accept the consequences of this kinship.


What is of interest are the descriptions of researchers views about intelligence and the capacity of seemingly simple organisms to perform complex tasks.

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. The premise of the book is to show that intelligent behavior is pervasive in nagure and not an exclusively human attribute.

Nov 15, Ogi Ogas rated it it was ok. This book questions intentionality posed as “intelligence” in nature.

Intelligence in Nature: An Inquiry Into Knowledge

It did have interesting nuggets that amounted to the gratification of, say, an episode of Radiolab. Still, I would say that this book is arguably worth a read if you’re into that kind of subject. 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.

Perhaps “an exploration into shamanism and ancient wisdom” or somesuch would have served it better! Shared intelligent faculties in plants and animals may be more common than humans realize and transcend the realm of purely instinctual mechanistic survival tasking.

I would recommend the second for those who desire proof according to western research methods. Mar 15, eliza rated it liked it. Vines seem able of making decisions, or rather, choices, on finding food for survival.


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Sep 13, Elise rated it it was amazing. It was so fascinating. 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. These notes, then, often prove more edifying and entertaining than the text itself.

The book’s too short and easy for the subject. I’m just naturf after reading this a year ago, but in particular the discussion about intelligent capabilitie Intelligence is one of those concepts which hature age old and essential, but being fundamentally rearticulated in modern times.

Looking for More Great Reads? Not as revelatory as The Cosmic Serpent but still an interesting read on the intelljgence of intelligence in plants and animals beyond the accepted traditional scientific evaluation of Western science. We can’t even guess, but we haven’t got much of a clue on the brain. I really appreciate dr narby and his work; perhaps this book fell flat for me by no fault of its own but merely because I’m overly familiar with the subject.

Still, he a good enough writer to made the search interesting and sometimes downright funny.