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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Any error made during this editing can be fatal to the entire organism, so these enzymes are consistently making the right choices. Sep 06, Jamie rated it really liked it Shelves: This book is an astonishing example of delusional thinking and exceptionally insane reasoning. For the first half of the book, I was strongly in the former camp. 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 be the future of human knowledge.

She and other scientists were humbled by the extent of his knowledge, asking repeatedly how indigenous experts come by it. 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.

This concept will require at least a decade or two for biologists to consider and test. You have said that people are having trouble summing up your book. My hypothesis is that it is connected to the yhe helix of DNA inside virtually all living beings.

In a first-person narrative of scientific discovery that opens new tye on biology, anthropology, and the limits of rationalism, The Cosmic Serpent reveals how startlingly different the world around us appears when we open our minds to it. This book reminded me of the show ancient aliens in a positive way. This leads me to suspect that the cosmic serpent is narcissistic—or, at least, obsessed with its own reproduction, even in imagery.

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Questioning the scientific method as the only means of gaining knowledge is certainly werpent. I found the symbol in shamanism all over the world. His argument is actually quite convincing as he punches holes in rational constructive thinking and makes the case for completely different and more intuitive platform of knowledge.

The Cosmic Serpent: DNA and the Origins of Knowledge

To ask other readers questions about The Cosmic Serpentplease sign up. The response – insisted on by healers, shamans and “knowers” across South America – is that their knowledge can come to them directly from hallucinogenic plants – the “plant teachers”. As the aperiodic crystal of DNA is shaped like two entwined serpents, two ribbons, a twisted ladder, a cord, or a vine, we see in our trances serpents, ladders, cords, vines, trees, spirals, crystals, and so on.


But something in the pit of my stomach kept telling me that DNA is something else again, something so special as to be set apart from the Despite being some 17 years removed from an engineering career, I still find myself caught up occasionally in the delightful mental snares of reason, science, and technology.

This is the story of an excellent thought experiment, and for this reason I have learned much. Ultimately, The Cosmic Serpent is a book way ahead of its time, and is a plea to the “civilized” world to recognize the potential contribution that the Ayahuasqueros could bequeath to our culture.

Narby points out that, in shamanic traditions, it is invariably specified that spiritual knowledge is not marketable; the sacred is not for sale. My own experiences with shammanism were couched in a much more flexible environment, and I found the differences in our experiences and conclusions very compelling. 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.

The concept and the first chapter hooked me, and then the downhill slide began. 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.

I was very annoyed by this book.

Narby’s contribution is to make a bridge between the two ways of knowing. Every cell and every living organism has DNA, and human cells have some of the same markers found in yeast, one of the oldest organisms. Claude Levi-Strauss showed in his book, The Savage Mind, that human beings have been carefully observing nature and endlessly testing hypotheses for at least 10, years.

DNA is an actual vector through the electromagnetic fields of which human beings and other animals receive instructions about how to interact with their world.

Narby notes how the botanical and medical knowledge of indigenous Amazonians can astonish western-trained scientists.

But according to scientists, the fact that Amazonians have taught themselves how to do this is pure luck. But make sure you’ve got your tinfoil hat ready. This book is a brilliant showcase of how badly postmodernism has ruined naby and social sciences. Look, the first time I took a hallucinogen, I too saw all of the natural world break apart and twist together and reveal to me its interlinked workings, its fundamental connectedness to me and every other living and non-living entity in the universe entire, I too saw into the deeper reality of the unified cismic consciousness, and I alone?


Jan 09, Nicolas Shump rated it it was amazing. Now, for what I didn’t care for: At the Cambridge University social anthropology department’s fifth-world project, held last year, pharmaceutical microbiologist Ann Mitchell spoke of working with shamanic healer Noe Rodriguez Jujuborre, of the Muinane ethnic group of the Colombian rainforest.

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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. This encounter began an adventure that lasted over ten years and culminated in his book, The Cosmic Serpent: He wonders if this, in some way, is what is being represented in these mystical visions. I fond myself in constant agreement with Narby about the arrogance and consequent ignorance of Western “science” and knowledge.

Has he been able to serpeng and identify consciousness? There he encountered Shamans who recounted their experiences with ayahuasca, a hallucinatory drink, which they claim reveals to them the healing properties of the forest. But ayahuasca, sacred plant-teacher tje so many societies for thousands of years, was patented in by Loren Miller, director of the California-based International Plant Medicine Corporation.

Definitely a very out-of-the-box book! Do you think there is not only an intelligence based in our DNA but a consciousness as well?

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The combination of spirituality and science feels like it’s on the right track to me, and I’ve always liked the idea of SOMETHING that connects all the living creatures on the planet let’s call it the over-soul, to borrow a term from Emersoneven if I’ve never actually felt such a connection myself. Oct 30, Jenny rated it liked it Shelves: This Great point about modern science: Narby’s work could be commended simply for his approach.

But beyond these speculations Narby hopes for deeper research into the hallucinogens at a chemical level as well as the interactions with other living beings, and also hopes that these speculations will also lead to greater advances in pharmacology and medicine.

Why do life-creating, knowledge-imparting snake appear in the visions, myths, and dreams of human beings around the world?.

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