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

Investigating the connections serppent shamanism and molecular biologyNarby hypothesizes that shamans may be able to access information at the molecular level through the ingestion of entheogensspecifically ayahuasca. Questioning the scientific method as the only means of gaining knowledge is certainly reasonable.

The Cosmic Serpent: DNA and the Origins of Knowledge

For the first half of the book, I was strongly in the former camp. You can help Wikipedia by expanding it. Any error made during this editing can be fatal to the entire organism, so these enzymes are consistently making the right choices. The following quote can sum up the authors’ theory, he basically claims that shamans can access the DNA information of plants and that the shamans know about the DNA double helix and other biomolecuar concepts like the chromosome but without them knowing it if that makes sense: My answer is speculative.

And he does provide two important kinds of evidence for his thesis. The book has a promising start but it goes downhill from there.

He draws connections between their experiences with Ayahuasca and similar themes that appear in cultures all over the world. 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.


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This is the first audiobook jerwmy I want to keep a review short because I don’t want to post spoilers. I think zaney unexpected ideas in science are fascinating and can lead to unexpected breakthroughs and major paradigm shifts. 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.

They and users of other plant-based hallucinogens frequently have visions about serpents intertwined.

Anyways, still worth a read though. Only in the past decades have pharmaceutical companies invade the province of these shaman to start mining for botanical compounds to patent and basically steal from the indigenous population. Neutrality or simple honesty would have consisted in saying, ‘For the moment, we do not know.

He believes that the sserpent snakes depicted nqrby so many religions are actually the basis of all reality behind appearance and that under certain circumstances it may be possible to access the knowledge contained in the universe by direct communication with the source of life itself. 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.

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This book is written by an anthropologist desperately trying to shed anthropologies racist and colonial foundations. By the end of nabry book, the author finally sheds his anthropologist biases and fully accepts the native perspective on the nature of reality—a world where plants and animals speak with their human counterparts in altered states of reality induced by ayahuasca and shamanic practices.


Thanks for telling us about the problem. This vision is cosic commonest ayahuasca hallucination. 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.

Proteins and enzymes were described as ‘miniature robots,’ ribosomes were ‘molecular computers,’ cells were ‘factories,’ DNA itself was a ‘text,’ a ‘program,’ a ‘language,’ or ‘data. I mean, read it. Also, DNA is from space and is consciously controlling the course of evolution. 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.

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This encounter began an adventure that lasted over ten years and culminated in his book, The Cosmic Serpent: 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.

Cosmic Serpent Review This is without doubt one of the csomic books that I have ever read in my life. I found the premises of his research very refreshing: This is pseudoscience and provides no evidence to support that this is how biophotons work. As far as the content of his arguements