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Intelligence in Nature
An Inquiry into Knowledge
In Intelligence In Nature, Jeremy Narby offers overwhelming evidence that bacteria, plants, animals, and other forms of nonhuman life display an uncanny proclivity for self-deterministic decisions, patterns, and actions. The book details his travels around the globe—from the Amazon basin to the Far East—to probe what traditional healers and pioneering researchers perceive about the intelligence present in all forms of life. Not convinced? Narby discovered that;
- Single-celled slime molds can solve mazes.
- Bees with brains the size of pinheads can handle abstract concepts.
- Macaws in the Peruvian Amazon ingest just enough clay to neutralize the toxic alkaloids in the seeds that make up most of their diet.
Parasitic plants called dodder can correctly assess the nutritional content of their victims and decide whether to stay or whether to move on.