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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It brings together so many of the issues that interest me: No trivia or quizzes yet. Questioning the scientific method as the only means of gaining knowledge is certainly reasonable. In the end he was able to make connections between consciousness and DNA and the phenomenon comic life.

To ask other readers questions about The Cosmic Serpentplease sign up. 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. 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.

This is the kind of book almost designed to start arguments among scientists, and I’m sure those have happened over the past 18 years since the first publication. What are your thoughts on this? Narby grew up in Canada and Switzerland, studied history at the University of Canterbury, and received a doctorate in anthropology from Stanford University.

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. 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 on it, I felt like I should have been keeping track of all jereym faulty evidence and logic throughout just to try and keep away from the later conclusions that rested on those early problems.

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. After spending some time with the Indians of Peru as an anthropologist he goes ieremy The book has a promising start but it goes downhill narbj there.


As the aperiodic crystal of DNA is shaped like two entwined serpents, two ribbons, a cosmjc ladder, a cord, or a vine, we see in our trances serpents, ladders, cords, vines, trees, spirals, crystals, and so on.

Narby spent ten years researching DNA, the structure of life itself, and the intertwined snake symbology he found universally depicted and – as you’ll see – experienced in the world’s shamanistic traditions.

The Cosmic Serpent: DNA and the Origins of Knowledge by Jeremy Narby

Almost half the book is made up of end notes and bibliography, and Dr. This article about an anthropology -related book is a stub. I found the premises of his research very refreshing: Still, it was definitely an interesting read. One day he happens to find a book about biology and in that book he discovers the double helix of the DNA and he has a revelation: As the plot thickens, he hypothesizes that the shamans are vosmic reality at a sub-molecular level, and research carries him beyond his field into the realm of biology.

After spending some time with the Indians of Peru as an anthropologist he goes back home where he starts writing about his experience. Want to Read saving…. Only in the past decades have pharmaceutical companies invade the province of these vosmic to start mining for botanical compounds to patent and basically steal from the vosmic population.

We see what we believe, and not just the contrary; and to change what we see, it is sometimes necessary to change what we believe.

Narby’s use of plant hallucinogens was cosmkc restricted, so this is not just the ramblings of a druggy suffused with half baked ‘hippy-ology’ but the considered sedpent researched product of a disciplined original thinker. Nor does he rely except but for a fraction of the book on his own experience with Ayahuasca, which is very limited, and one of the few things that I would have liked to see differently in the book.

More than an anthropological account of how shaman use hallucination to find cures for disease, The Cosmic Serpent is a challenge to Western rationalism and modern science. 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.

For the second half, I began to slowly drown in the latter. Why did you write the book?

The Cosmic Serpent: DNA and the Origins of Knowledge

This is the first audiobook where I want to keep a review short because I don’t want to post spoilers. Jeremy Narby is an anthropologist and writer. A book that changed the way I view reality, the universe and my place here. Narby’s premise is that hallucinogenic drugs used by shaman in the Western Amazon actually give them access to medicinal information through knowledge coded in DNA.

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The message I got from shamans was: This page was last edited on 23 Mayat He proposes that DNA crystals in cells can receive information from biophotonic emissions and that all life is interacting in this way. When I was twenty, I wanted to understand why some people are rich and others poor. 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 and 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.

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Jujuborre says the purpose of his knowledge is healing, which should never be done jeremyy a fee. The Cosmic Serpent, etc. Cosmic Serpent Review This is without doubt one of the weirdest books that I have ever read in my life.

Since he’s a vetted scientist, this is no easy claim to make. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. And he does provide two important kinds of evidence for his thesis.

Views Read Edit View history. A true understanding of Ayahuasca and the power it harnesses, if well understood could drastically improve our world, if nothing less than to bind Western man back to his natural roots. Read our privacy policy. And it leads him all over the place. It is also a forum for discussing intellectual property rights – the patenting of indigenous peoples’ plants and the indigenous knowledge of their uses.

Jul 24, Nadine May rated it really liked it Shelves: This book radically pushes boundaries set in our understanding of reality, and the materialism that stunts our growth as a society.

However, as a nagby researcher myself, I have to say that Narby is an excellent anthropologist but a dirt poor biologist. In fact, the use of jeremmy for the accumulation of personal power is the definition of black magic for many shamans and ayahuasqueros. Cells send one another signals, in the form of proteins and molecules.

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