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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Scientists chalk this up to “random” luck, even though in the particular case of curare, not only is the combination of plants exactly the right kind to create a drug that will kill the prey, but not poison its meat, and also relax the muscles so that, say, if a money is shot it will wrap its tail around a tree branch and the hunter will have to climb the tree to get it.
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. It’s always a valuable reminder to pause, take a step back, and refocus. As the plot thickens, he hypothesizes that the shamans are perceiving reality at a sub-molecular level, and research carries him beyond his field into the realm of biology.
This book was phenomenally excellent in its scope, pacing and informative research. In fact, he’s guilty of the same “cowboy science” he criticizes. 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 Cosmic Serpent: DNA and the Origins of Knowledge
To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. But were they the first? Narby spent several years living with the Ashaninca in the Peruvian Amazon cataloging indigenous uses of rainforest resources to help combat ecological destruction.
Instead it is one of the most interesting and thought-provoking books I have ever read! I went to bed early, closed my eyes, and watched the pretty colors some more. Its patenting is the cultural equivalent of patenting the bread and wine of the holy communion or taking out a copyright on the Bible.
Finally, Narby’s narrative is compulsively readable. Many of the questions about DNA had already been asked, though not always answered.
Scientists and Shamans — Two sides of the same coin? Books by Jeremy Narby. Narby’s experience as an anthropologist in the Amazon leads heremy to believe that ancient indigenous tribes in South America, Africa, and Australia have common themes in their shammanistic traditions, imagery, and mythology that mirror the work being done by microbiologists today.
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DNA is serpeht actual vector through the electromagnetic fields of which human beings and other animals receive instructions about how to interact with serpenf world. 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”.
Humans have a tendency to see what they want to see, to hear what they want to hear and to believe what they want to believe and jere,y author is no different. Narby describes his descent into a rabbit-hole like a mystery novel or an adventure flick, so it’s a very edible read. For that reason—if no other—I plan on getting a physical copy of the book at some point I listened to the Audible version and seeing if I can look up some of the cited research to do a little extra digging of my own.
The Cosmic Serpent
He later learns that this direct transaction with the twin snakes is a common experience, and that much of the knowledge of the chemistry of active herbal agents in the rainforests was purportedly gained through such trance experiences. No trivia or quizzes yet. Lists with This Book. See 1 question about The Cosmic Serpent….
Jul 24, Nadine May rated it really liked it Shelves: Narby calls into serious question nrby limits of the scientific process and how we come to know things int he industrialized world. It was there he had his first experiences with a hallucinogen called ayahuasca. Civilization rests on millennia of Neolithicscience. Narby’s work could be commended simply for his approach. So we are moving towards a test of the hypothesis.
The Cosmic Serpent jeremj a wonderful read! The snakes, he writes, communicate, or “teach” him. From the snake in the Garden of Eden to the twin snakes of the cadacus and of Hinduism, snakes and dualism are all around us.
The author is quite brave to make some gutsy and creative claims but in my humble opinion he committed two cognitive fallacies in the elaboration of his theory: When I was twenty, I wanted to understand why some people are neremy and others poor.