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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He would have liked to see that aspect of it termed “mystery DNA” as that would admit the truth of it: One of My Landmark books: Narby points out that, in shamanic traditions, it is invariably specified that spiritual knowledge is not marketable; the sacred is not for sale. It brings together so many of the issues that interest me: It is also a forum for discussing intellectual property rights – the patenting of indigenous peoples’ plants and the indigenous knowledge of their uses. Mark Tyrrell Creative Director.

Aug 04, Peter Baranovsky rated it did not like it. Narby’s discoveries form a fascinating account of the possibilities of myth, science and intelligence.

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I am about to accompany three molecular biologists to Peru to meet three ayahuasca shamans. Under their influence, says Jujuborre, the diagnosis of an illness is made apparent to the healer, and the image of the plant which will cure it is “imprinted” on his mind.

Also, DNA is from space and is consciously controlling the course of evolution. I went to bed early, closed my eyes, and watched the pretty colors some more. From that point he starts srepent 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.


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I like how Narby takes a deconstructionist approach to anthropology. Sep 20, Wesley Gerrard rated it really liked it Shelves: Jun 03, Maisey Jay rated it really liked it.

The Cosmic Serpent DNA and the Origins of Knowledge

My disappointment isn’t that his hypothesis is so unexpected which can be great! She and other scientists were humbled by the extent of his knowledge, asking repeatedly how indigenous experts come by it. His book is a fascinating depiction of a scientist prepared to commit professional suicide in the pursuit of knowledge for its own sake, wherever it may serpfnt him. But according to scientists, the fact that Amazonians have taught themselves how to do this is pure luck.

To ask other readers questions about The Cosmic Serpentplease sign up. I can’t say I’m convinced but it is an interesting idea.

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Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. And it leads him all over the place. Narby spent several years living with the Ashaninca in the Peruvian Amazon cataloging indigenous uses of rainforest resources to help combat ecological destruction. Narby has written three books, as well as sponsored an expedition to the rainforest for biologists and other scientists to examine indigenous knowledge systems and the utility of Ayahuasca in gaining knowledge. Their knowledge, though, has been reached by shamanic ritual not lab work, by the perceptions of mythology and by what are termed “plant-teachers”, such as serlent hallucinogenic drug ayahuasca.


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.

I fond myself in constant agreement with Narby about cosnic arrogance and consequent ignorance of Western “science” and knowledge.

In some ways a new speculation in science gets an immediate dismissal from some but will sometimes gain a foothold for overall acceptance. His writing style is between personal and scientific, and surely an enjoyable book for those looking for something different!

Religion, Science, Evolution, Physics, Cosmology, the Supern A 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. Interesting concept about hallucinogenic drugs giving insight into molecular codmic, but little in substance other than comparative mythology coincidences. This adventure in science and imagination, which the Medical Tribune said might herald “a Copernican revolution for the life sciences,” leads the reader through unexplored jungles and uncharted aspects of mind to the heart of knowledge.

The snakes, he writes, communicate, or “teach” him.