The Cosmic Serpent has ratings and reviews. D.M. said: Jeremy Narby’s Cosmic Serpent is a densely academic book that is 50% footnotes. This not. 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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Almost half the book is made up of end notes and bibliography, and Dr. This is the story of an excellent thought experiment, and for this reason I have learned much. As the book moved towards the DNA link with Ayahuasca I was at first sceptical but the author wrote in a convincing manner and I felt that the extremely distant link was well-pointed out coosmic certainly a possibility though I can see the scientists more easily dismissing ‘The Cosmic Serpent’ than perhaps the ancient medicine men who I would imagine would be more open-minded.

But examples of such random luck abound in the Amazon and the pharmaceutical industry, though quick to disparage its source, is also quick to capitalize on these drugs and their multiple uses in Western medicine.

The Cosmic Serpent DNA and the Origins of Knowledge

Open Preview See a Sserpent 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: Religion, Science, Evolution, Physics, Cosmology, the Supern Serepnt brilliant and thought-provoking book that argues that perhaps the drug-induced trances of an Amazonian tribe and their creation myths are somehow related to modern genetics.


Knowledge, he concludes, may be able to transmit itself though the ‘twin serpents’ or ‘Cosmic Serpent which is also DNA’ directly into human consciousness.

American jungle in accord with genuine shamanic practices of indigenous tribes and a little structural criticism of anthropology along with a grand theory for where all life in the universe comes from: I read on, however, and the novel t 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. This would be a rather bizarre premise except for the fact that Narby is a trained PhD.

The clear answer is that more research is needed in consciousness, shamanism, molecular biology, and their interrelatedness.

This not light reading, but on the other hand it is essential reading. Admittedly, I was on the lookout for anything unusual, as my investigation had led me to consider that DNA and its cellular machinery truly were an extremely sophisticated technology of cosmic origin.

Jeremy Narby is obviously intelligent.

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Jeremy Narby is an anthropologist and writer. Jan 09, AndrewR rated it it was amazing. Jun 03, Maisey Jay rated it really liked it. But as I pored over thousands of pages of biological texts, I discovered a world of science fiction that seemed to confirm my hypothesis. This Great point about modern science: Scientists chalk this up to “random” luck, even though in the particular case of curare, not only is the combination of plants exactly the right kind to create a drug that will kill the prey, but not poison its meat, and also relax the muscles so that, say, if a money is shot it will wrap its tail around a tree branch and the hunter will have to climb the tree to get it.

This book is written by an anthropologist desperately trying to shed anthropologies racist and colonial foundations. The author seepent to establish connections between modern science’s biomolecular understanding of DNA and the knowledge imparted on shaman by their ayahuasca-induced hallucinations.


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The Cosmic Serpent: DNA and the Origins of Knowledge

He challenges the preconceived notions and “blind spots” in anthropology and biology that prevent Western academia from truly appreciating the magnitude of the shaman’s visions.

You have a hypothesis of a hidden intelligence contained within DNA. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

Why is there such a consistent system of natural symbols in the world? Narby grew up in Canada and Switzerland, studied history at the University of Canterbury, and received a doctorate in anthropology from Stanford University. Refresh and try again.

My answer is speculative. Claude Levi-Strauss showed in his book, The Savage Mind, that human beings have been carefully observing nature and endlessly testing hypotheses for at least 10, years. Contact us here or email us directly at support unk.

Narby seems to realize as much as anyone that coincidences do not a medical revolution make, but he hopes his ideas inspire deeper scientific investigations. Narby’s discoveries form a fascinating account of the possibilities of myth, science and intelligence.

If for nothing else, this book would already be worth a reading. It starts from the idea that everything is explainable. View all 3 comments.

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