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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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read intelligdnce. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Refresh and try again. Open Intelligemce See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Intelligence in Nature by Jeremy Narby. 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.
Anthropologist Jeremy Narby has altered how we understand the Shamanic cultures and traditions that have undergone a worldwid 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 intepligence secret ways of knowing.
Anthropologist Jeremy Narby has altered how we understand the Shamanic cultures and traditions that have undergone a worldwide revival in recent years. 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 jremy the intelligence present in all forms of life. Intelligence in Nature presents overwhelming illustrative evidence that independent intelligence is not unique to humanity alone.
Indeed, inteligence, plants, animals, and other forms of nonhuman life display an uncanny penchant for self-deterministic decisions, patterns, and actions. Narby presents the first in-depth anthropological study of this concept in the West. He not intelligencd uncovers a mysterious thread of intelligent behavior within the natural world but also probes the question of what humanity can learn from nature’s economy and knowingness in its own search for a saner and more sustainable way of life.
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INTELLIGENCE IN NATURE: An Inquiry into Knowledge
Lists with This Book. Feb 01, Charlene rated it did not like it Shelves: I whole heartedly buy the argument that microbes, plants, and other animals have vast intelligence. The delivery of support for this argument was interwoven with things I felt very unnecessary.
Why should we care that shamans think animals and plants have souls? I love many of the animal studies included in this book but why ruin those studies with musings about shamans? Jul 10, Bryn Hammond rated it liked it Shelves: Of Darwin he says: But mostly the book only pages before notes is him digging up intelligence research in journals and visiting the scientists concerned.
Plants learn, remember and decide, without brains. 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. 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.
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.
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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. We can’t even guess, but we haven’t got much of a clue on the brain. Bacteria communicate – and shamanship has always recognised that everything communicates. He’s an anthropologist and his ingelligence comes from shamans who see our kinship with other organisms, not our differences.
Because, though the scientific harby has come in lately, “What may still be lacking among Westerners is a willingness to accept the consequences of this kinship. And Western languages may lack the appropriate concepts to think it through. The book’s too short and easy for the subject. Feb 25, E. This book is neither well written nor well argued. The book is an academic travelogue of which narny interviews Narby conducts with various researchers and informants. What these researchers and informants have to relate is of interest, but how these ideas are related is not.
Rather than come to grips with the various definitions nahure intelligence, skill and knowledge, Narby skirts the issue and r This book is neither well written nor well argued. Rather than keremy to grips with the various definitions of intelligence, skill and knowledge, Narby skirts the issue and refuses to take any theoretical position other than this is all really complex stuff.
Frequently in the book Narby finds solace in mundane ethical non-dilemmas of invertebrate rights and plant perception, but even on these issues he finds difficultly in taking and defending a position.
The travelogue portions of the book are do not inform the ideas presented and consist of banalities such as it was jerey in Tokyo and the plane ride was long. What is of interest are the naarby of researchers views about intelligence and the capacity of seemingly simple organisms to perform complex tasks. Bees that can abstract, slime molds solving mazes and plants that communicate is all very interesting stuff. In fact the extended quotes provided in the back of the book make for a fascinating read and Narby can be applauded for collecting it all in one place.
But having a good bibliography is not enough for me to recommend reading the book. Jul 14, Andrew Sampson rated it liked inteoligence. This book questions intentionality posed as “intelligence” in nature. The author found a better term as the intelligece of a visit to Japan where there in not such a distinction of man-vs-nature in the concept of chi-sei, which conotates a sort of knowingness or recognizing-ness and as exemplified by creatures such as slime molds which lack a nervous system or a brain, are unicellular yet can navigate mazes when food is placed at either end.
Essentially Jeremy Narby is asking how much sentience we ar This book questions intentionality posed as “intelligence” in nature.
Essentially Jeremy Narby is asking how much sentience we are willing to grant to nature and how we are going about doing just that as science probes deeper into living systems. Jul 23, Clark Hugo rated it it was amazing. I’m at a loss to determine who’s the target audience of this. Sep 20, William Findley added it. Do we truly understand reality consciously, or is it the unconscious nature of our own intelligence that understands it for us?
Jeremy Narby is a well-established anthropologist, and this book sums up his time trying to understand native tribes and Shamanism. The first pages are rather neat, and definitely conform to the mind-altering experience that is a Narby book. Personally, I really really enjoyed it, and I would recommend it to anyone who has free time and wants to understand the mind on a grander scale. Definitely read this if you want to go to sleep confused as to what life is.
This book is great for that. Oct 13, Bria Aguayo rated it liked it.
This book was fascinating. I was half way through and realized all I was reading was the bibliography, though. It was jntelligence and amazing that there were so many references but wish it was longer with a more cogent look at the intelligence and possibly the spiritual nature of being truly part of the natural world.
Intelligence in Nature
I didn’t enjoy it as much as Cosmic Serpent but I love the subject matter. I’ve quoted parts of it in conversation. Recommend it for sure, especially if you are into biology, evolu This book was fascinating.
Recommend it for sure, especially if you are into biology, evolution, genetics, or the spiritual mysteries. Nov 15, Ogi Ogas rated it it was ok. 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 natude dimensions of value which we are expected to boil down through some fabulous alchemy into a single digit.
Aug 25, Anne rated it it was amazing Shelves: I devoured this book in a day. It was so fascinating. I will read anything by Jeremy Narby. Aug 21, Rex rated it really liked it. Beautiful overview of the many ways Nature shows us levels of intelligence that put away our ideas that it’s somehow inferior to us. Apr 06, Ashley rated it really liked it Intelkigence A little less cohesive than Hature Cosmic Serpent, but still chock-full of interesting information, some of which is only becoming publicly well-known now.
Sep 13, Elise rated it it was amazing. After reading this book, you may look at insects and trees differently. A beautiful and easy to read book. Oct 06, Bob Mustin rated it really liked it. Instead, he asks the questions of scientists who do and some have been doing this research for a quarter-century.
Still, he a good enough writer to made the search interesting and sometimes downright funny. What does he discover here? That the functioning of plants, especially vine plants, mimics a naked nervous system. See how Charles Darwin came up with his ideas? Vines seem able of making decisions, or rather, choices, on finding food for survival.
Still, the chase is what seems to sustain Narby, as it does the scientists he interviews and the people, like me, who read his books.
These notes, then, often prove more edifying and entertaining than the text itself. Apr 13, Ard rated it it was ok Shelves: Quite disappointing after his original and interesting previous book “The cosmic serpent”. Just jeeremy the other book, this one takes the form of the report on the author’s journey of discovery, this time about the western notion of intelligence in nature.