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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Jeremy Narby is a well-established anthropologist, and this book sums up his time trying to understand native tribes and Shamanism. I appreciate much of Narby’s direction with this book, but his repetitive writing style is really tiresome. We can’t even guess, but we haven’t got much of a clue on the brain. He lives in Switzerland. 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.

Return to Book Page. May 07, Cole rated it liked it. Quotes from Intelligence in N Seeing as we are part of nature, and also self-evidently intelligent, should we be so surprised. Jeremy Narby is an anthropologist jrremy writer. Perhaps I’ll try again someday – then again, there are an awful lot of books out there to read.

Rather than come to grips with the various definitions of jereny, skill and knowledge, Narby skirts the issue and refuses to take any theoretical position other than this is all really complex stuff.

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. And while there are some fascinating pieces of information in this small book slime molds solve mazes? Books of the Week.

Nov 08, Desiree rated it really liked it. The author approaches his hypothesis with caution, but an open mind and allows us to delight in his discoveri I read this intelligennce as part of my reading challenge to “read a book based on a true story”.


Intelligence in Nature

This one is subtitled “An inquiry of Knowledge” and will appeal more to the western mind that is attracted to scientific research. Paperbackpages. This book is great for that. Rather than come to grips with the various definitions of intelligence, skill and knowledge, Narby skirts the issue and r This book is neither well written nor well argued.

The follow-up to Narby’s earlier book, The Cosmic Serpent. Narby has written three books, as well as sponsored an expedition to the rainforest for biologists and other scientists to examine indigenous knowledge systems and the utility of Ayahuasca in gaining knowledge.

The delivery of support for this argument was interwoven with things I felt very unnecessary. There definitely are some interesting parts here and there, but after finishing it I just wasn’t impressed with what I had learned.

Narby presents the first in-depth anthropological study of this concept in the West. Aug 21, Rex rated it really liked it. That is, it’s easier to think about the behaviour of ground ivy; and then of our gut, because “the brain is not limited to the skull.

Read it Forward Read it first. Dec 22, Shaun rated it it was ok. 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.

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. He also discovered that butterflies have eyes on their genitals.

It’s main problem is that he didn’t go further. Apr 29, Harrison rated it really liked it Shelves: Apr 13, Ard rated it it was ok Shelves: For further confirmation, he talks to Western scientists who have done remarkable research on cases of nonhuman intelligence, like bees with abstract reasoning, crows that manufacture standardized tools, pigeons that distinguish between the works of Van Gogh and Chagall about as well as college students do, octopuses that break out of and into their tanks and slime molds that solve mazes.


Jul 14, Andrew Sampson rated it liked it. Sep 13, Elise rated it it was amazing.

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What does he discover here? A beautiful and easy to read book. Instead, he asks the questions of scientists who do and some have been doing this research for a natture. View all 3 comments.

INTELLIGENCE IN NATURE by Jeremy Narby | Kirkus Reviews

My ratings of books on Goodreads are solely a crude ranking of their utility to me, and not an evaluation of literary merit, entertainment value, social importance, humor, insightfulness, scientific accuracy, creative vigor, suspensefulness of plot, depth of characters, vitality of theme, excitement of climax, satisfaction of ending, or any other combination of dimensions of value which we are expected to boil nnature through some fabulous alchemy into a single digit.

Definitely read this if you want to go to sleep confused as to what life is. But mostly the book only pages before notes is him digging up intelligence research in journals and visiting the scientists concerned. DNA and the Origins of Knowledge. He uses the same first-person approach as in CS and keeps the citations and references to the endnotes.

Amongst other problems, 1 Narby never ties the things that he appears to learn back to the shamanism that he opens with, 2 His attempt to answer the scientific criticism of his own work fails, 3 the book is dated in terms of the science he describes as most of that work has advanced and much new work has been published.