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Intelligence in Nature

An Inquiry into Knowledge
Narrated by: James Patrick Cronin
Length: 4 hrs and 29 mins
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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 about 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, bacteria, 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 only 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.

©2005 Jeremy Narby (P)2017 Tantor

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Unifying

Narby bridges the gap between science and religion with a series a eloquent observations. His writings resonate with me and bring me hope for the future.

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Enchantingly informative

The story and the telling of it moves along swimmingly, cover much ground & sea to inform me about minds of our fellow Earthlings from both spiritual / shamanistic and scientific perspectives. I highly recommend giving this a good listen!

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Super!

Fascinating, inspiring, informative! Loved this book! looking forward to listening to it again. Thank you

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Favorite part was untrue :(

Great storytelling and performance. However my favorite part, regarding the walking palm, tyrned out to be unevidenced at best and patently untrue at worst. :(

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