The Cosmic Serpent: DNA and the Origins of Knowledge. Jeremy Narby, Author Putnam Publishing Group $ (p) ISBN Swiss-Canadian anthropologist Dr Jeremy Narby argues in his book, The Cosmic Serpent: DNA and the Origins of Knowledge, that the twin. This adventure in science and imagination, which the Medical Tribune said might herald “a Copernican revolution for the life sciences,” leads the reader.

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Since he’s a vetted scientist, this is no easy claim to make.

View all 3 comments. I think the book highlights, not how much we know of science, but how little we know of ancient shamanism. It’s also a great way of learning about DNA which seems to become more mysterious the more science learns about it.

Mystery is, in some sense, the enemy. Lists with This Book. My own experiences with shammanism were couched in a much more flexible environment, and I found the differences in our experiences and conclusions very compelling.

The author is quite brave to make some gutsy and creative claims but in my humble opinion he committed two cognitive fallacies in the elaboration of his theory: He would have jeremh to see that aspect of it termed “mystery DNA” as that would admit the truth of it: How has living in the Amazon and studying the shamans affected you?

In the end, what one takes from it depends on how open-minded one might be to face the world around us under different conceptual assumptions than those we westerners, particularly are mostly used.


That being said, I just. A brilliant and thought-provoking book that argues that xosmic the drug-induced trances of an Amazonian tribe and their creation myths are somehow related to modern genetics.

Intelligence in Nature which is not quite as One of My Landmark books: There seems to be a capacity to make choices operating inside each cell in our body, down to the level of individual proteins and enzymes. In such instances, the burden of proof will always be on the hypothesizer. Narby and three molecular biologists revisited the Peruvian Amazon to try to test the hypothesis, and their work is featured in the documentary filmNight of the Liana.

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The style of writing bothered me more than anything else. When I was twenty, I wanted to understand why some people are rich nxrby others poor. This is the observation that led me to investigate the cosmic serpent.

Aug 15, Laura rated it it was amazing. Narby notes how the botanical and medical knowledge of indigenous Amazonians can astonish western-trained scientists.

The Cosmic Serpent

The Quirishari believe that the plants they harvest often have symbolic shapes to help identify their uses, such as a plant used to counteract snake bites having fang-like structures on the leaves. But the book just gets loopier after derpent. At the Cambridge University social anthropology department’s fifth-world project, held last year, pharmaceutical microbiologist Ann Mitchell spoke of working with shamanic healer Noe Rodriguez Jujuborre, of the Muinane ethnic group of the Colombian rainforest.


This is pseudoscience jersmy provides no evidence to cosmlc that this is how biophotons work. The book has a promising start but it goes downhill from there. DNA is very similar visually to the intertwined serpents. I eagerly anticipated this book as I had heard it mentioned as a classic on Ayahuasca and as a good reference point in a number of other books and Ayahuasca and shamanism.

He was very antagonistic to Western science, but still serpenf to take advantage of it’s legitimacy This was a slightly crazy book by an anthropologist who has taken too many hallucinogenic “ayahuasca journeys”.

Serpent’s tale

But did I write a breathless book about it and pretend that non Look, the first time I took a hallucinogen, I too saw all of the natural world break apart and twist together and reveal to me its interlinked workings, its fundamental connectedness to me and every other living and non-living entity in the universe entire, I too saw into the deeper reality of the unified cosmic consciousness, and I alone?

It brings together so many of the issues that interest me: Must read it again to remember the book.

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