Intelligence in nature

    • Presentation speakers
      • Jeremy Narby, Amazonian projects director for the Swiss NGO, Nouvelle Planète

    An anthropologist first learns about the intelligence of plants and animals from indigenous people in the Amazon, then traces it in recent scientific research, only to find that words such as « intelligence » and « nature », skew our understanding, and that grasping the capacities of living organisms involves learning to see through the prejudices of our own culture. Indigenous people, who have long viewed non-human organisms as intelligent beings with specific intentions and personalities, have concepts that can stimulate the investigative imagination of scientists. Scientists, after all, are relatively new to the field of plant intelligence.  Taking the indigenous perspective into consideration can give scientists a ‘reverse angle’ from which to consider their research.