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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My hypothesis is that it is connected to the double helix of DNA inside virtually all living beings. View all 12 comments.

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He goes to great lengths to provide evidence for the very extraordinary claims made here, but the evidence is so fraught with confirmation bias, simple misunderstandings of science, and giant leaps in logical thinking that by the point I gave up o I didn’t actually finish this.

And DNA itself is a symbolic Saussurean code. The style of writing bothered me more than anything else. But were they the first? I fond myself in constant agreement with Narby about the arrogance and consequent ignorance of Western “science” and knowledge. I loved how he talked about thespecies of plants in the Western Amazon and how the fact that native Amazonians were able to put together the right three plants out of theseto create a substance now called in pharmacology curare.

As an aside, biophotons appear to be released from the lipid membrane, which is the main area of cell-cell communication via visible light– not DNA. One can fill a book with correspondences between shamanism and molecular biology.

From that point he starts searching for more similarities and he obviously finds them – that’s the bias confirmation in action, he starts seeing serpents and DNA double helixes everywhere – that’s the pareidolia in action.

This book reminded me of the show ancient aliens in a positive way. I love Narby’s cross-cultural, interdisciplinary, “big picture” approach. 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.


And yet, ayahuasca is used throughout the Amazon rain forest as an access to a hallucinatory world where images of spirits inform shaman how to use the hidden power of the plant life in the Amazon rain forest cure a very broad spectrum of disease.

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This means that it prefers pejorative and even wrong answers to admitting its own lack of understanding. At times Narby seems to get too carried away with his part of the argument, but that also makes this book a very humane one, as it carries us through a simplified stream of consciousness as an idea evolves throughout the author’s investigative effort.

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You can help Wikipedia by expanding it. Narby’s insistence on conferring some kind of scientific framework onto his thinking is mind-numbingly dull. Lists with This Book. I find that Narby makes a compelling case for the unity or at least the synthesis of 20th century biology, DNA, and the indigenous knowledge and visions of serpsnt South American shamans.

Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Nor does he rely except but for a fraction of the book jeemy his own experience with Ayahuasca, which is very limited, and one of the few things that I would have like This was a winner.

The Cosmic Serpent: DNA and the Origins of Knowledge

The concept and the first chapter hooked me, and then the downhill slide began. One of My Landmark books: Through his quest it gradually dawned on Narby that people with no instantly recognizable access to what we call ‘science’ might nevertheless have direct access to knowledge of the world and wider universe. His investigations into comparative mythology and the preponderance therein of snakes and twins across cultures is interesting, if not already rather well known.

Interesting concept about hallucinogenic drugs giving insight into molecular biology, but little in substance other than comparative mythology coincidences. To ask other readers questions about The Cosmic Serpentplease sign up.

I wrote the book because I felt that certain things needed saying. Dec 03, Walter rated it did not like it Recommends it for: Furthermore, he claims that DNA itself is conscious and can talk to the DNA in any other life form through light waves, so when you establish contact with your own DNA, you also have access to all the knowledge in all the DNA in the world.


In a first-person narrative of scientific discovery that opens new perspectives on biology, anthropology, and the limits of rationalism, The Cosmic Serpent reveals how startlingly different the world around us appears when we open our minds to it.

Intelligence in Nature which is not quite as mind boggeling, but very interesting.

Many of the questions about DNA had already been asked, though not always answered. Narby is brave, cautious, and eloquent stating his thesis: This explains the advanced botanical knowledge of indigenous peoples, as well as the extremely common mythological imagery across the world of a divine creator represented by jefemy “twinned snake” the double helix structure of the DNA molecule.

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Also, some good thoughts on the problems with anthropology, but in the end I was left wanting for a more thorough examination of the abilities of hallucinogens to change our ability to perceive the world. Darby certainly thought so in the beginning. Pages to import images to Wikidata All stub articles. 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.

Besides the phenomenal discoveries, the book breaks with long-held anthropological traditions of living amongst the natives while retaining an ‘observer’ perspective, and lays a pathway for future anthropologists wishing to truly access the reality of native culture. This experience allows them to select plants and processes that can heal, can discriminate between specific uses, with no trial and error experimentation.