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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When it is challenged it’s fun to watch and ponder. As the book moved towards the DNA link with Ayahuasca I was at first sceptical but the author wrote in a convincing manner and I felt that the extremely distant link was well-pointed out and certainly a possibility though I can see the scientists more easily dismissing ‘The Cosmic Serpent’ than perhaps the ancient medicine men who I would imagine would be more open-minded.

Religion, Science, Evolution, Physics, Cosmology, the Supern A brilliant and thought-provoking book that argues that perhaps the drug-induced trances of an Amazonian tribe and their creation myths are somehow related to modern genetics. Jeremy Narby is obviously intelligent. In a first-person narrative of scientific discovery that opens new perspectives on biology, anthropology, and the limits of rationalism, Th This adventure in science and imagination, which the Medical Tribune said might herald “a Copernican revolution for the life sciences,” leads the reader through unexplored jungles and uncharted aspects of mind to the heart of knowledge.

Jul 24, Nadine May rated it really liked it Shelves: The author begins in typical Ayahuasca tourist fashion, and undertakes you on his Amazonian journey with a shaman, partaking in the sacred Yage ceremony. Trained as an anthropologist, Narby spends two years in Peruvian amazon observing shamanic rituals in particular use of hallucinogens also experiments with them himself.

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Aug 04, Peter Baranovsky rated it did not like it. I read on, however, and the novel turned into a page-turning thriller. 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.


Narby notes how the botanical and medical knowledge of indigenous Amazonians can astonish western-trained scientists. This adventure in science and imagination, which the Medical Tribune said might herald “a Copernican revolution for the life sciences,” leads the reader through unexplored jungles and uncharted aspects of mind to the heart of knowledge.

fosmic He then catalogues the enormous number of mythologies across the world which speak of cosmic serpents being the origin or the creators of life – common in Amazonia, Mexico, Australia, Sumer, Egypt, Persia, India, the Pacific, Crete, Greece and Scandinavia, and which ascribe remarkably similar characteristics to the “creator-snake” – the master of transformation, of serpentine form which lives in water and can be both extremely long and very small, both single and double.

More than an cosmix account of how shaman use hallucination to find cures for disease, The Cosmic Serpent is a challenge to Western rationalism and modern science.

He wonders if this, in some way, is what is being represented in these mystical visions. My answer is speculative. I found this book very inspiring from a creative perspective, and tore through it Narby’s experience as an anthropologist in the Amazon leads him to believe that ancient indigenous tribes in South America, Nzrby, and Australia have common themes in their shammanistic csomic, imagery, and mythology that mirror the work being done by microbiologists today.

They and users of other plant-based hallucinogens frequently have visions about serpents intertwined. I especially liked his criticism of the fact that scientist termed that part of DNA cosmjc we do not understand with the pejorative term “junk DNA.

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.

The Cosmic Serpent DNA and the Origins of Knowledge

Even though his claims may be seen as unprovable at this point and possibly wronghe brings a fres Definitely a very out-of-the-box book! I highly recommend this book if you’re interested in exploring an outside-the-box view of humanity from an anthropological perspective. To make this drug one must cook it for a period of 72 hours exactly, and also not be anywhere near the boiling pot, as its fumes are extremely toxic and will kill if inhaled.


From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Sedpent 13, Nathaniel rated it liked it Shelves: How this intelligence operates is the question.

As the aperiodic crystal of DNA is shaped like two entwined serpents, two ribbons, a twisted ladder, a cord, or a vosmic, we see in our trances serpents, ladders, cords, vines, trees, spirals, crystals, and so on. 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.

First, he refers to several interesting studies that seem to lend plausibility to this idea that DNA itself is emanating light in visible wavelengths.

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.

The Cosmic Serpent, etc. 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.

My disappointment isn’t that his hypothesis is so unexpected which can be great! The author attempts to establish connections between modern science’s biomolecular understanding of DNA and the knowledge imparted on shaman by their ayahuasca-induced hallucinations.

Serpdnt certainly thought so in the beginning.

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Ayahuasca is a substance which does alter the mind in a tremendous way and I See true possibilities that it is what we call DNA triggering some of the visions. I mean, read it. Why is there such a consistent system of natural symbols in the world? Narby has written three books, a Jeremy Nargy is an anthropologist and writer.

Narby suggests that DNA itself is the source of shamans’ botanical and medicinal knowledge, attained only through “non-rational” states of consciousness – though its results are empirically verifiable.