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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My answer is speculative. It was clear that Narby had done a great deal of research on his hypothesis.

It was a similar process when a Catholic priest first suggested the “big bang” as first cause of the universe. Second, he pulls together a truly impressive litany of research into the creation myths of indigenous peoples around the world. In addition, the falsifiability of evolution has been satisfactorily addressed by numerous scientists and philosophers and it is indeed a “theory” in the classic sense.

This is often filed under the genre Cosmif Age. When I was twenty, I wanted to understand why some people are rich and others poor.

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This was a slightly crazy book by an anthropologist who has taken too many hallucinogenic “ayahuasca journeys”. Narby’s path begins in the jungles of South America where he learns from the shamans of the Ashaninca about Ayahuasca and the visions that have sustained their culture for thousands of years. In Narby’s case Materialism may be the ultimate winner, but that doesn’t keep it from getting a challenge now and then.

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: Cells send one another signals, in the form of proteins and molecules.

While many in the scientific world have scoffed at his theories, Jeremy Narby has succeeded at least in throwing a monkey wrench in the the more-myth-than-truth paradigm of science and has opened the door for inquiry into what may prove to jwremy the future of human knowledge.


It’s always a valuable reminder to pause, take a step back, and refocus. You explain how different scientific schools keep to themselves, and comic doing so, their discoveries and knowledge become limited. Contains 40 pages worth of interesting things to say.

How this intelligence operates is the question. Feb 25, D. This concept will require at least a decade or two for biologists to consider and test. By using this site, th agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Narby is a Stanford PhD in Anthropology who did his dissertation on these peoples, but this is not his dissertation.

He would have liked to see that aspect of it termed “mystery DNA” as that would admit the truth of it: Aug 04, Peter Baranovsky rated it did not like it. Though your more rational self may want to deny the reality of “altered states” of consciousness, the vividness of the experience won’t allow you to deny them entirely or to dismiss the possibility of them either.

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 a “twinned snake” the double helix structure of the DNA molecule.

The Cosmic Serpent: DNA and the Origins of Knowledge

The following quote can sum up the authors’ theory, he basically claims that shamans can access the DNA information of plants and that the shamans know about the DNA double helix and other biomolecuar concepts like the chromosome but without them knowing it if that makes sense: Jeremy Narby is an anthropologist and writer. Our own bodies are so complex that we are still a long way away from understanding how they work. You have said that people are having trouble summing up your book.

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.


Too much to list here, but I annotated about half of it: Questioning the scientific method as the only means of gaining knowledge is certainly reasonable. It starts from the idea that everything is explainable. 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”. His writing style is between personal and scientific, and surely an enjoyable book for those looking for something different!

Trained as an anthropologist, Narby spends two years in Peruvian amazon observing shamanic rituals in particular use of hallucinogens also experiments with them himself. The mythological twinned serpents are also connected to knowledge itself.

While in this hallucinogenic state, a person can communicate with their own DNA through images and music. One of the issues that keeps cropping up when I rhapsodize with reason is the enigma of DNA.

Jeremy Narby was doing anthropology field work with a community in the Peruvian Amazon called the Quirishari in the mids. Its patenting is the cultural equivalent of patenting the bread and wine of the holy communion or taking out a copyright on the Bible.

My disappointment isn’t that his hypothesis is so unexpected which can be great! Serpet went to bed early, closed my eyes, and watched the pretty colors some more. He draws connections between their experiences with Ayahuasca and similar themes that appear in cultures all over the world. This vision is the cosmix ayahuasca hallucination. Narby’s discoveries form a fascinating account of the possibilities of myth, science and intelligence.