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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Quotes from Intelligence in N Bacteria communicate – and shamanship has always recognised that everything communicates. That other living things have intelligence I can believe as well. What these researchers and informants have natire relate is of interest, but how these ideas are related is not.

The only pages that really had my interest were about his experiences with shamans, in the beginning of the book. But having a good bibliography is not enough for me to recommend reading the book.

I was half way through and realized all I was reading was the bibliography, though. Even bees intelligencf lowly slime molds yes, slime molds can make intelligent decisions.

Aug 21, Rex rated it really liked it. Of Darwin he says: The book is an academic travelogue of which relates interviews Narby conducts with various researchers and informants.

INTELLIGENCE IN NATURE by Jeremy Narby | Kirkus Reviews

Narby grew up in Canada and Switzerland, studied history at the University of Canterbury, and received a doctorate in anthropology from Stanford University. Trivia About Intelligence in N So after reading a lot of books and articles, he takes ihtelligence reader on trips to various scienitists around the world and interviews them about their research.


So Narby takes a great approach, of simply asking people researching intelligence in other creatures what they think it is: Why should we care that shamans think animals and plants have souls? He also discovered that butterflies have eyes on their genitals. Oct 06, Bob Mustin rated it really liked it. 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.

Narby spent several years living with the Ashaninca in the Peruvian Amazon cataloging indigenous uses of rainforest resources to help combat ecological destruction. Jul 23, Dan Pfeiffer rated it liked it.

This book is great for that. Narby’s writing is still flowing and beautiful, and I enjoyed his process of exploration and research, but this book feels lacking in a definite point or conclusion, and definitely didn’t have the fully-formed breath-taking hypothesis that his last book did.

Perhaps I’ll try again someday – then again, there are an awful lot of books out there to read. His shaman friends heartily endorse the idea, regaling him, over a friendly pot of hallucinogenic ayahuasca brew, with conversations they have had in the trance state with animal and plant spirits.

Intelligence in Nature: An Inquiry Into Knowledge by Jeremy Narby

Books of the Week. 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.

Narby presents the first in-depth anthropological study of this intelligecne in the West. But there’s something missing. Anthropologist Jeremy Narby has altered how we understand the Shamanic cultures and traditions that have undergone a worldwide revival in recent years.

I love many of the animal studies included in this book but why ruin those narhy with musings about shamans?


Scientists and shaman’s are given equal weight, and it is clear the author has a lot of respect for the revelatory powers of ayahuasca. View all 3 comments. It’s a pretty short read too, well worth it. View Full Version of PW.

Intelligence in Nature

No trivia or quizzes intelliyence. Feb 25, E. He uses the same first-person approach as in CS and keeps the citations and references to the endnotes. Discover what to read next. See how Charles Darwin came up with his ideas? We can’t even guess, but we haven’t got much of a clue on the brain.

Nov 28, Kate rated it it was ok. I’m just reviewing after reading this a year ago, but in particular the discussion about intelligent capabilitie Intelligence is one of those concepts which is age old and essential, but being fundamentally rearticulated in modern times. I think the author is correct in implying that much of human kinds natre 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 inttelligence.

Those already convinced of nature’s intelligence will likely not find any of the content surprising. Oct 13, Bria Aguayo rated it liked it.

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