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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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 fhe of the Colombian rainforest. Darby certainly thought so in the beginning. 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”.

I read on, however, and the serprnt turned into a page-turning thriller. The concept and the first chapter hooked me, and then the downhill slide began.

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Nor does he rely except but for a fraction of the book on his own experience with Ayahuasca, which is very limited, and one cosmif the few things that I would have like This was a winner.

Penguin paperback cover, showing symbolic correspondence between an image of a snake and DNA.

Return to Book Page. 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. Pages to import images to Wikidata All stub articles. Using a narrative format, the book is also a story of Srpent own process serprnt self-atonement.

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

This was a slightly crazy book by an anthropologist who has taken too many hallucinogenic “ayahuasca journeys”. In some ways a new speculation in science gets an immediate dismissal from some but will sometimes gain a foothold for overall acceptance.

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Nature, to shamans, is conscious or “minded”, an idea unpopular to many western scientists. Do you think there is not only an intelligence based in our DNA but a consciousness as well? 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.

Why do people in reviews try to criticize his science when this is overall accepted as scientifically sound, even if its not a widely accepted theory? 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.

This is the story of an excellent thought experiment, and for this jeremmy I have learned much. Open your mind and read on. 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: I think we should attend to the words we use. Anyways, still worth a read though.


Trained as an anthropologist, Narby spends two years in Peruvian amazon observing shamanic rituals in particular use of hallucinogens also experiments with them himself. Narby’s insistence on conferring some kind of scientific framework onto his thinking is mind-numbingly dull.

DNA and the Origins of Knowledge, that the twin snake-shaped vital principle – representing the origin of life, or DNA by any other name – has been known to indigenous peoples across the world for thousands of years. I strolled into the Peruvian Amazon in for these rather theoretical reasons.

There were some pages with interesting perspective and information, but everything serent in this book is so far up the author’s own ego, its hard to take it seriously sometimes.

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This is often filed under the genre New Age. However, as a geneticist researcher myself, I have to say that Narby is an excellent anthropologist but a dirt poor biologist. He was very antagonistic to Western science, but still attempted to take advantage of it’s legitimacy to prop up his theories about nature. American jungle in accord srepent genuine shamanic practices of indigenous tribes and a little structural criticism of anthropology along with a grand theory for where all life in the universe comes from:

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