Jeremy Narby, Ph.D.
Profile created October 22, 2007
Intelligence in Nature (2005)
Continuing the journey begun in his acclaimed book The
Cosmic Serpent, the 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
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.
Shamans Through Time: 500 Years On The Path To Knowledge (2001)
Francis Huxley and Jeremy Narby
of excerpts from 64 previously published works to illustrate how shamanism
has been perceived through the centuries. The essays are divided into
seven parts, each including an introductory essay that identifies the
prejudices of the researchers and shows how preconceived notions
influenced both their methodology and the evolution of the study of
shamanism. Many of the authors included in this anthology, such as Black
Elk and Claude Lévi-Strauss, are familiar to those interested in the
subject. What makes this work unique is that it also includes translations
of relevant materials that were previously available only in foreign
The Cosmic Serpent: DNA and the Origins of Knowledge
Francis Huxley and Jeremy Narby eds.
A personal adventure, a fascinating study of
anthropology and ethnopharmacology, and, most important, a revolutionary
look at how intelligence and consciousness come into being.
This adventure in science and imagination, which the Medical Tribune
said might herald "a Copernican revolution for the life sciences," leads
the reader through unexplored jungles and uncharted aspects of mind to the
heart of knowledge.
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.
Resource Development and Indigenous Peoples: A Comparative
Visionary Plant Consciousness: The Shamanic Teachings of the Plant World
(2007), J. P. Harpignies, ed.
23 leading experts reveal the ways that psychoactive plants
allow nature’s “voice” to speak to humans and what this communication
means for our future
Presents the specific “human-plant interconnection”
revealed by visionary plants
Explores the relevance of plant-induced visions and
shamanic teachings to humanity’s environmental crisis
With contributions from
Alex Grey, Andrew Weil,
Charles S. Grob,
Dennis McKenna, Edison Saraiva,
M.D., Ethan Nadelmann, Ph.D.,
Florencio Siquera de Caralho,
Francis Huxley, Jeffrey Bronfman, Jeremy
Narby, John Mohawk,
Kat Harrison, Katsi Cook,
Luis Eduardo Luna, Ph.D.,
Heart Williams, Michael Pollan,
Michael Stewartt, Paul Stamets,
and Wade Davis.
Visionary plants have long served indigenous peoples and
their shamans as enhancers of perception, thinking, and healing. These
plants can also be important guides to the reality of the natural world
and how we can live harmoniously in it.
In Visionary Plant Consciousness, editor J. P. Harpignies has
gathered presentations from the Bioneers annual conference of
environmental and social visionaries that explore how plant
consciousness affects the human condition. Twenty-three leading
ethnobotanists, anthropologists, medical researchers, and cultural and
religious figures present their understandings of the nature of
psychoactive plants and their significant connection to humans. What
they reveal is that these plants may help us access the profound
intelligence in nature--the “mind of nature”--that we must learn to
understand in order to survive our ecologically destructive way of life.
Hallucinogens: A Reader (2002) by
It's been forty years since Timothy Leary sat beside a
swimming pool in Cuernavaca, Mexico, ingested several grams of the genus
Stropharia cubensis, and experienced a dazzling display of visions that led
him to herald the dawning of a New Age. And yet, from the counterculture
movement of the 1960s, through the War on Drugs, to this very day, the world
at large has viewed hallucinogens not as a gift but as a threat to society.
In Hallucinogens, Charles Grob
surveys recent writings from Donald M.
Glenn H. Shepard,
Jeremy Narby, Lawrence Bush,
Myron J. Stolaroff,
Rick J. Strassman,
Terence McKenna, and
Thomas Riedlinger -- illustrating
that a reevaluation of the social worth of hallucinogens-used
intelligently-is greatly in order.
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