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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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But we must preserve their ancient knowledge by protecting their way of life, and esteem them as colleagues at the table of academic discourse. He comes by his thesis combining studies in a number of disciplines, from biochemistry to comparative mythology to his own field of anthropology, etc.

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I wrote the book because I felt that certain things needed saying. 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.

Jujuborre says the purpose of his knowledge is healing, which should never be done for a fee.

Investigating the connections between shamanism and molecular biologyNarby hypothesizes that shamans may be able to access information at the molecular level through the ingestion of entheogensspecifically ayahuasca. 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. I initially thought of the writings of Carlos Castaneda, but there is a scientific and intellectual rigor in Narby’s book that I can not find in Castaneda’s works.

Feb 04, Sean rated it it was ok. For the second half, I began to slowly drown in the latter. The same three thoughts trotted out again and again. Instead it is one of the most interesting and thought-provoking books I have ever read! 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 o I didn’t actually finish this.


This means somewhere in the seas these four nucleobases were formed, linked together in a way that encoded information, found a way into cells, found a handy enzyme to split the coils into identical halves once in a while to reproduce, and gradually came to inhabit the earth with living descendants.

Let’s start with what I liked. Let me throw a bunch of huge numbers at you!

Serpent’s tale

The fifth-world project supports western scientists working with indigenous experts as equals, collaborating between different knowledge systems. Its patenting is the cultural equivalent of patenting the bread and wine of the holy communion or taking out a copyright on the Bible.

The concept and cosmif first chapter hooked me, and then the cosmjc slide began. I couldn’t just abandon it, though, because the material seemed so promising–this idea that shamans, through the practice of drinking ayahuasca, are connecting to life’s building blocks.

Is his story complete? DNA and the Origins of Knowledge. Instead, what I discovered in reading The Cosmic Serpent totally caught me by surprise. It was there he had his first experiences with a hallucinogen called ayahuasca.

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He wonders if this, in some way, serpnt what is being represented in these mystical visions. 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.

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: Intelligence comes from the Latin inter-legere, to choose between.

Shamanism is like a reverse camera relative to modern science. Contains 40 pages worth of interesting things to say. For a time he lives with Peruvian Indians and his account of his own experience of drug induced trance and an encounter with two giant talking snakes is spell binding.

I strolled into the Peruvian Amazon in for these rather theoretical reasons. Narby spent several years living with the Ashaninca in the Peruvian Amazon cataloging indigenous uses of rainforest resources to help combat ecological destruction. I picked up this book on the count of my deep love for the word “Cosmic,” thinking I would learn something new about the Cosmos.


I also want to keep it short because I’m not entirely sure what to say. I can think of several people I know who would eat this up, so to them, I say go for it. The Cosmic Serpent is a powerful book synthesizing the spiritual, biological, and cosmic connections of the DNA through many civilizations, including Ancient Egypt, Australian, China, and the native societies of the Amazonia, to name a few. Narby seems to realize as much as anyone that coincidences do not a medical revolution make, but he hopes his ideas inspire deeper scientific investigations.

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

He goes to great lengths to provide evidence for the very extraordinary claims made here, but the evidence is so fraught with jarby 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 the faulty evidence and logic throughout just to try and keep away from the later conclusions that rested on those early problems.

I went to bed early, closed my eyes, and watched the pretty colors some more.

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.

He draws connections between their experiences with Ayahuasca and similar themes that appear in cultures all over the world. I think the science of shamans can complement modern science by helping make sense of the data it generates.

Not something I very often say about a book.