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Cancel anytime. People who bought this also bought In a first-person narrative of scientific discovery that opens new perspectives on biology, anthropology, and the limits of rationalism, The Cosmic Serpent reveals how startlingly different the world around us appears when we open our minds to it.

Tafur helps us to understand why. Too often, the Western medical approach fails to address the emotional dimension of illness. This is where traditional plant medicines, with their ability to alter consciousness and open channels of communication to our emotions, offer so much promise.

Then, in a dramatic and electrifying change, described by scientists as "the greatest riddle in human history," all the skills and qualities that we value most highly in ourselves appeared already fully formed, as though bestowed on us by hidden powers. Less well known is that many Western peoples made this same assertion. There are, in fact, two modes of cognition available to all human beings - the brain-based linear and the heart-based holistic.

The heart-centered mode of perception can be exceptionally accurate and detailed


Intelligence in Nature: An Inquiry Into Knowledge

My sense has always been that he was acutely aware of the dangers of such a convincing weaving-together of the worlds of animism and science — that if too successful, the book may engender a muddy confluence of the two rather than a fruitful new relationship where the distinct values of each complement rather than lose their power in some swirling half-way meeting point. The Cosmic Serpent delved into the world of indigenous shamanism with the rather unscientific but fertile attitude that we should try taking the perspective of shamans at face value, to see where this led. Intelligence in Nature, positioning itself as something of a follow-up, something of a counter-balance, finds Narby travelling into the heart of the Western scientific tradition — literally into its labs and offices — in order to discover where our tradition is leading us with regard to the capacity for non-human organisms, both plant and animal, to intelligently adapt to the varied conditions of life. Many readers here will have ambiently absorbed, or perhaps followed with interest, the ever-flowing tide of recent scientific news revealing more and more hitherto undocumented examples of animal intelligence, most famously the tool-using crow and the maze-solving slime mold. Turning the eye of anthropology inwards towards Western science and academia always strikes me as a fascinating tactic, and Narby uses it here to good effect. Much less satisfying is the general arc of the book, and how it deals with its central arguments. Of course, Narby makes something of this precise point when, after being prompted by Western scientists, he pays a visit to the home of a disproportionate amount of research into non-human intelligence: Japan.


Intelligence in Nature




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