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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INTELLIGENCE IN NATURE: An Inquiry into Knowledge

But having a good bibliography is not enough for me to recommend reading the book. Intelligence is one of those concepts which is age old and essential, but being fundamentally rearticulated in modern times. My gut alone contains about one hundred million neurons capable of learning, remembering, and responding to emotions, just like the larger brain in my head. Stay in Touch Sign up. Goodreads helps you keep jerrmy of books you want to read. Paperbackpages. Why should we care that shamans think animals and plants have intelligemce

Sep intel,igence, William Findley added it. I’m at a loss to determine who’s the target audience of this. Example, one cell slime molds, thought to be obviously simplistic, are actually capable of learning how to navigate a maze.


No trivia or quizzes yet. Want to Read saving…. Narby presents the first in-depth anthropological study of this concept in the West.

Thanks for telling us about the problem. 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 their research.

I’ve quoted parts of it in conversation. Having a gut feeling is not just a metaphor. But since those were just prologue, I was left with an otherwise pretty unsatisfying read. Of Darwin he says: But Narby has done his homework—the endnotes themselves make excellent reading—and his well-researched and engagingly presented account of the “braininess” of even literally brainless creatures raises fascinating questions about the boundaries between man and nature.

Intelligence in Nature: An Inquiry Into Knowledge

Intelligence in Nature presents overwhelming illustrative evidence that independent intelligence is not unique to humanity alone. Still, he a good enough writer to made the search interesting and sometimes downright funny. These notes, then, often prove more edifying and entertaining than the text itself.

We aren’t finding an outer boundary to what is intelligent yet. The follow-up to Narby’s earlier book, The Cosmic Serpent.

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Jeremy Narby is a well-established anthropologist, and this book sums up his time trying to understand native tribes and Shamanism. Looking for More Great Reads? It was highly recommended to me, but sorry – I was bored. Read it Forward Read it first.

What does he discover here?

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I’m just reviewing after reading intrlligence a year ago, but in particular the discussion about intelligent capabilities in plants, slime molds and simple cells still resonates. What is of interest are the descriptions of researchers views about intelligence and the capacity of seemingly simple organisms to perform complex tasks.

View all 3 comments. 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.

I love this novel as to me intelligeence represents the perfect syncretism between the world of rational knowledge and sacred knowledge.