Keynote speaker biography

Jeremy Narby

Ph.D., Author, Anthropologist and Activist

Jeremy Narby, is a leading author, anthropologist, activist, and investigator of the traditional knowledge systems of indigenous Amazonian people. He has been working since 1989 for the NGO Nouvelle Planète, backing initiatives by and for the indigenous peoples of Amazonia, including land titling, bilingual education, and sustainable resource use, preservation of plant knowledge and environmental monitoring of petroleum companies.

He is the author of several important books about shamanic and western scientific knowledge systems, including: Intelligence In Nature
The Cosmic Serpent: DNA and the origins of knowledge
The Psychotropic Mind: The World According to Ayahuasca, Iboga, and Shamanism (with Jan Kounen and Vincent Ravalec)

He is also the author of the collection of translated essays:
Shamans Through Time (co-edited with Francis Huxley).

Conference session

Intelligence in Nature

The renowned anthropologist presents from his intensive field explorations how indigenous people in the Amazon engage with plants and animals as intelligent beings, and view the natural world as suffused with intelligence.

In this presentation, Jeremy explains what traditional healers and pioneering researchers understand about the intelligence present in all forms of life. In this talk he presents well-researched and revealing evidence that independent intelligence is not a characteristic unique to humanity alone, and how bacteria, plants, animals, and other forms of non-human life display a fascinatingproclivity for self-deterministic decisions, patterns, and actions. In his presentation Jeremy raises important questions about the relationship between man and nature.