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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Perhaps I’ll try again someday – then jerdmy, there are an awful lot of books out there to read. Feb 25, E. I’m at a loss to determine who’s the target audience of this. Apr 06, Ashley rated it really liked it Shelves: Discover what to read next. 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 nnarby is dated in terms of the science he describes as most of that work has advanced and much new work has been published.
He raises many examples of how animals, and even plants, exhibit intelligence.
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Instead, he asks the questions of scientists who do and some have been doing this jetemy for a quarter-century. The follow-up to Narby’s earlier book, The Cosmic Serpent.
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 ibtelligence up-todate discoveries of contemporary science to determine nature’s secret ways of knowing.
Shared intelligent faculties in plants and animals may be more common than humans realize and transcend the realm of purely instinctual mechanistic survival tasking. Two sid This book did not excite me the way his “The Cosmic Serpent” did, though the theme is the same: Anthropologist Jeremy Narby has altered how we understand the Shamanic cultures and traditions that have undergone a worldwide revival in recent nzture. Apr 13, Ard rated it it was ok Shelves: The author found a better term as the inteloigence of a visit to Japan where there in not such a distinction of man-vs-nature in the concept of chi-sei, which narbg 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.
Rather than come to grips with the various definitions of intelligence, skill and knowledge, Narby narure the issue and r This book is neither well written nor well argued.
The only criticism I have of this book is that it was too short. The travelogue portions of the book are do not inform the ideas presented and consist of banalities such as it was stormy in Tokyo and the plane ride was long.
It’s main problem is that he didn’t go further. 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.
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. Jul 14, Andrew Sampson rated it liked it. Shared intelligent faculties in plants and anim Not as revelatory as The Cosmic Serpent but still an interesting read on the prevalence of intelligence in plants and animals beyond the accepted traditional scientific evaluation of Western science.
More By and About This Author. The book is an academic travelogue of which relates interviews Narby conducts with various researchers and informants. Bees that can abstract, slime molds solving mazes and plants that communicate is all very interesting stuff.
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.
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. Nov 08, Desiree rated it really liked it. Return to Book Page. LitFlash The eBooks you want at the lowest prices.
Seeing as we are part of nature, and also self-evidently intelligent, should we be so surprised. Of course, anyone who owns a cat already knows this. Now, in one of his most extraordinary journeys, Narby travels the globe-from the Amazon Naturd to the Far East-to probe what traditional healers and pioneering researchers understand about the intelligence present in all forms of life.
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Of Darwin he says: This book questions intentionality posed as “intelligence” in ontelligence. He’s an anthropologist and his inspiration comes from shamans who see our kinship with other organisms, not our differences. 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 about the intelligence present in all forms of life. Intelligence in Nature intelligecne overwhelming illustrative evidence that independent intelligence is not unique to humanity alone.
So after reading a lot of books and articles, natute takes the reader on trips Quite disappointing after his original and interesting previous book “The cosmic serpent”. The first pages are rather neat, and definitely conform to the mind-altering experience that is a Narby book.
I devoured this book in a day.
Intelligence in Nature: An Inquiry Into Knowledge by Jeremy Narby
Open Preview See a Problem? Recommend it for sure, especially if you are into biology, evolu This book was fascinating.
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.
Rather than come 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. I would recommend the second for those who desire proof according to western research methods. That other living things have intelligence I can believe as well. In this intriguing treatise, he carries his project of syncretizing all forms of knowledge a step further, arguing that animals and plants exhibit intelligence comparable in many ways to that of humans.
Trivia About Intelligence in N Narby presents the first in-depth anthropological study of this concept in the West. View Full Version of PW. View all 3 comments. I really appreciate dr narby and his work; perhaps this book fell flat for me by no fault of its own but merely because I’m overly familiar with the subject.
What is of interest are the descriptions of researchers views about intelligence and the capacity of seemingly simple organisms to perform complex tasks.
Narby has written three books, a Jeremy Narby is an anthropologist and writer. Jeremy Narby is an anthropologist and writer.