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 by Jeremy Narby

Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Of Darwin he says: 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 intelligencd 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. Intelligence in Nature presents overwhelming illustrative evidence that independent intelligence is not unique to humanity alone.

Narby starts to use a Japanese term instead of intelligence; since, as the Japanese scientist says to him, “I itnelligence that behind this term, there is Western Christian culture, in which intelligence is a gift from the God to humans only. Jul 23, Clark Hugo rated it it ni amazing. The follow-up to Narby’s earlier book, The Cosmic Serpent.

He lives in Switzerland. It’s a pretty short read too, well worth it.

Nov 28, Kate rated it it was ok. Nothing terrible about it, in fact, some interesting stuff, but I just didn’t get the feeling that the author was really the right person to be writing about it.


I appreciate much of Narby’s direction with this book, but his repetitive writing intelllgence is really tiresome. I was half way through and realized all I was reading was the bibliography, though. 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.

Most of what he learns doesn’t seem all that new, revolutionary or even surprising, and halfway through this book I lost all hope of the author living up to his interesting premise. The author approaches his hypothesis with caution, but an open mind and allows us to delight in his intslligence I read this book as part of my reading challenge ibtelligence “read a book based on a true story”.

I read this book as part of my reading challenge to “read a book based on a true story”. Books of the Week.


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. Many interesting ideas presented with a lot travelog that did not contribute to the book.

To ask other readers questions about Intelligence in Natureplease sign up. What is of interest are the descriptions of researchers views about intelligence and the capacity of seemingly simple organisms to perform complex tasks. And while there are some fascinating pieces of information in this small book slime molds solve mazes?

He’s an anthropologist and his inspiration comes from shamans who see our kinship with other organisms, not our differences. 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.


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.

The only criticism I have of this book is that it was too short. And although I do admit I enjoyed this book, I felt at times like there was something lacking in its entirety.

INTELLIGENCE IN NATURE by Jeremy Narby | Kirkus Reviews

Mar 02, Pages Buy. Plants learn, remember and decide, without brains. Narby spent several years living with the Ashaninca in the Peruvian Amazon cataloging indigenous uses of intel,igence resources to help combat ecological destruction. Sep 13, Elise rated it it was amazing. Quite disappointing after his original and interesting previous book “The cosmic serpent”.

It did have interesting nuggets that amounted to the gratification of, say, an episode of Radiolab. For further confirmation, he talks to Western scientists who have done remarkable research on cases of nonhuman intelligence, kn 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.

The slime investigator suggests that Christianity has put too big a divide between humans and other organisms, and the Western mind is very very reluctant to cross.