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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You have a hypothesis of a hidden intelligence contained within DNA.

This article about a book on biology or natural history is a stub. Jeeremy and three molecular biologists revisited the Peruvian Amazon to try to test the hypothesis, and their work is featured in the documentary filmNight of the Liana. Darby certainly thought so in the beginning. I also want to keep it short because I’m not entirely sure what to say. In fact, the use of knowledge for the accumulation of personal power is the definition of black magic for many shamans and ayahuasqueros.

As you can see, there are a lot of Let’s start with what I liked. So that gives you a sense of the thesis of the work and the overall weirdness of the jersmy. When I was twenty, I wanted to understand why some people are rich and others poor. This is the kind of book that can be an eye-opener.


And DNA itself is a symbolic Saussurean code. One of the issues that keeps cropping up when I rhapsodize with reason is the enigma of DNA. Narby has written three books, a Jeremy Narby is an anthropologist and writer. I especially liked ssrpent criticism of the fact that scientist termed that part of DNA that we do not understand with the pejorative term “junk DNA.

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

Narby calls into serious question the limits of the scientific process and how we come to know things int he industrialized world. His experiences with the substance, and his talks with others in the community about their experiences, were a major source of many of the speculations found in the latter part of the book.

If anything I was a little disappointed with the author’s own experiences and felt that he had perhaps misunderstood his visions a little. Interesting concept about hallucinogenic drugs giving insight into molecular biology, but little in substance other than comparative mythology coincidences. I like that he wrote for a regular, non-academic audience. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.


Narby also points to several coincidental religious icons featuring similar symbols, down to the medical caduceus which originated with the Greeks. Narby notes how the botanical and medical cosmoc of indigenous Amazonians can astonish western-trained scientists.

In a jereemy narrative of scientific discovery that opens new perspectives 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. Jeremy Narby is an anthropologist and writer.

My disappointment isn’t that his hypothesis is so unexpected which can be great! Cosmic Serpent Review This is without doubt one of the weirdest books that I have ever read in my life. Shamanism is like a reverse camera relative to modern science.

It is that the global network of DNA-based life emits ultra-weak radio waves, which are currently at the limits of measurement, but which we can nonetheless perceive in states of defocalization, such as hallucinations and dreams.

Are you taking the conclusions from your book further in your research? Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Narby describes his descent into a rabbit-hole like a mystery novel or an adventure flick, so it’s a very edible read. Geneticists Francis Crick and James Watson. In the end he was able to make connections between consciousness and DNA and the phenomenon of life. He proposes that DNA crystals in cells can receive information from biophotonic emissions and that all life is interacting in this way.

Intelligence in Nature which is not quite as One of My Landmark books: And yet, ayahuasca is used throughout the Amazon rain forest as an access to a hallucinatory world where images of spirits inform shaman how to use the hidden power of the plant life in the Amazon rain forest cure a very broad spectrum of disease. This article about an anthropology -related book is a stub. But this work has taken him tantalizingly close to all these ultimate answers.

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 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.


In such instances, the burden of proof will always be on the hypothesizer. Jul 16, Dani Catalina rated it it was amazing. But were they the first? Biophotons from DNA that somehow communicate agricultural information to people while they’re under the influence of hallucinogens??

The Cosmic Serpent: DNA and the Origins of Knowledge

The Cosmic Serpent is a thorough, entertaining, and enlightening exploration into the cos,ic wisdom passed down through tribal knowledge–and how it meets or even exceeds Western understanding of human development and evolution. Apr 30, Henrique Maia rated it really liked it. Want to Read saving….

The Quirishari believe that the plants they harvest often have symbolic shapes to help identify their uses, such as a plant used to counteract snake bites having fang-like structures on the leaves. It was clear that Narby had done a great deal of research on his hypothesis.

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Neutrality or simple honesty would have consisted in saying, ‘For the moment, we do not know. It was there he had his first experiences with a hallucinogen called ayahuasca.

Contains 40 pages sefpent of interesting things to say. For that reason—if no other—I plan on anrby 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. He comes by sdrpent thesis combining studies in a number of disciplines, from biochemistry to comparative mythology to his own field of anthropology, etc.

And, as somebody coming from within the field, I felt like his arguments were extremely weak and reflective of his poor knowledge of biology, which he himself admits to early in the book.