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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The Cosmic Serpent DNA and the Origins of Knowledge by Uncommon Knowledge

The Cosmic Serpent is a thorough, entertaining, and enlightening exploration into the ancestral wisdom passed down through tribal knowledge–and how it meets or even exceeds Western understanding of cosmicc development and evolution. The concept and the first chapter hooked me, and then the downhill slide began.

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 sedpent us through a simplified stream of consciousness as an xerpent evolves throughout the author’s investigative effort. Neutrality or simple honesty would have consisted in saying, ‘For the moment, we do not know. He proposes that DNA crystals in cells can receive information from biophotonic emissions and that all life is interacting in this way.

But the book just gets loopier after that.

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. Contains 40 pages worth of interesting things to say.

Mark Tyrrell Creative Director. It was there he had his first experiences with a hallucinogen called ayahuasca. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Sep 06, Jamie rated it really liked it Shelves: 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.

I like that he framed his theory in the context of a story. Interesting concept about hallucinogenic drugs giving insight into molecular biology, but little in substance other than comparative mythology coincidences. I’ve been intrigued by shamanism and the religious experiences associated with hallucinogens for years; I think there’s a lot there that we don’t understand. I don’t think Narby provides anywhere near enough evidence to support his theory though to be fair, he makes a valiant effort and does indeed support his ideas better than I expected him to.


Your email address is safe. I also spend time with my children, and with children in my community as a soccer coachI look after the plants in my garden, without using pesticides and so on.

Anthropology books books Shamanism of the Americas Molecular biology Entheogens Anthropology book stubs Biology book stubs. I fond myself in constant agreement with Narby about the arrogance and consequent ignorance of Western “science” and knowledge.

Shamanism is like a reverse camera relative to modern science. Ayahuasca is a substance which does alter the mind in a tremendous way and I See true possibilities that it is what we call DNA triggering some of the visions. Aug 10, Kent Winward rated it liked it. He was very antagonistic to Western science, but still attempted to take advantage of it’s legitimacy This was a slightly crazy book by an anthropologist who has taken too many hallucinogenic “ayahuasca journeys”.

This book reminded me of the show ancient aliens in a positive way. He draws connections between their experiences with Ayahuasca and similar themes that appear in cultures all over the world.

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The snakes, he writes, communicate, or “teach” him. After finishing this book I wanted to create an entire series of childrens books rooted in a cosmology that borrows heavily from his theories. Intelligence in Nature which is not quite as One of My Landmark books: For the second half, I began to slowly drown in the latter. The clear answer is that more research is needed in jsremy, shamanism, molecular biology, and their interrelatedness. The reflex reaction towards non-western thinking is pejorative, and the repeated testimonies of indigenous experts are scorned or disbelieved, even though they are, in effect, graduates of “indigenous universities” some 5, serrpent old.

This means somewhere in the seas these four nucleobases were formed, linked together in a way that encoded information, found a way into cells, found a handy enzyme to split the coils into identical halves once in a while to reproduce, and gradually came to inhabit the earth with living descendants. It is that the global network of DNA-based life emits ultra-weak radio waves, which are currently at the limits of measurement, but which we can nonetheless perceive i Cosmic Serpent Review This is without doubt one of the weirdest books that I have ever read in my life.


The Cosmic Serpent

I found this book very inspiring from a creative perspective, and tore through it in about 3 days. 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.

A brilliant and thought-provoking book that meremy that perhaps the drug-induced trances of an Amazonian tribe and their creation myths are somehow related to modern genetics. He looks for more similarities in science and ancient shammanism to create his own understanding of where we come from and why we are here.

Jan 31, Maze Martinez rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: I especially liked his criticism of the fact that scientist termed that part of DNA that we do not understand with the pejorative term “junk DNA.

It was clear that Narby had done a great deal of research on his hypothesis. One of My Landmark books: You can help Wikipedia by expanding it. 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.

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Oct 30, Jenny rated it liked it Shelves: I couldn’t just abandon it, though, because the material seemed so promising–this idea that shamans, through the practice of drinking ayahuasca, are connecting to life’s building blocks. This is often filed under the genre New Age.

This book is a brilliant showcase of how badly postmodernism has ruined humanities and social sciences.