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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This leads to other speculations cosmicc the source of DNA Quotes from The Cosmic Serpen One can fill a book with correspondences between shamanism and molecular biology. I mean, read it.

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Why do life-creating, knowledge-imparting snake appear in the visions, myths, and dreams of human beings around the world?. I spend my time promoting land titling projects and bilingual education for indigenous people, and thinking about how to move knowledge forward and how to open up understanding between people. Why were you drawn to the Amazon? Want to Read cosmiic. Narby spent several years living jsremy the Ashaninca in the Peruvian Amazon cataloging indigenous uses of rainforest resources to help combat ecological destruction.

Almost half the book is made up of end notes and bibliography, and Dr.

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I especially liked his criticism of the fact that scientist termed that part of DNA that we do not understand with the pejorative term “junk DNA. Since he’s a vetted scientist, this is no easy claim to make. Though nabry book is based on academic research, it reads like a mystery novel as it unfolds each new chapter with clarity and discovery. Jul 16, Dani Catalina rated it it was amazing.

I think zaney unexpected ideas in science are fascinating and can lead to unexpected breakthroughs and major paradigm shifts. I can think of several people I know who would eat this up, so to them, I say go for it. But ayahuasca, sacred plant-teacher to so many societies for thousands of years, was patented in by Loren Miller, director of the California-based International Plant Medicine Corporation.

Reading Narby’s experience of taking hallucinogens was eerie, but I could relate to some of his sensations. Codmic Narby travelled to the Amazonian rain forest in to study the Ashanica Indians.


The same three thoughts trotted out again and again.

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

Jun 03, Maisey Jay rated it really liked it. 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, Africa, and Australia have common themes in their shammanistic traditions, imagery, and mythology that mirror the nnarby being done by microbiologists today.

Too much to list here, but I annotated about half of it: But according to scientists, the fact that Coosmic have taught themselves how to do this is pure luck. Humans have a tendency to see what they want to see, to hear what they want to hear and to believe what they want to believe and the author is no different.

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.

Not something I very often say about a book. Civilization rests on millennia of Neolithicscience.

Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. The message I got from serpeht was: 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. In fact, he’s guilty of the same “cowboy science” he criticizes. Jan 20, Jacob rated it did not like it.

Paperbackpages. How has living in the Amazon and studying the shamans affected you? He draws connections between their experiences with Ayahuasca and similar themes that ap This book was phenomenally excellent in its scope, pacing and informative research.

Narby’s intellectual journey begins in the forests of the Peruvian Amazon, where jerfmy worked with the Ashaninca people for many years, and moves through research in anthropology and molecular biology.

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: This compound, by itself is mystifying because it is made through a complex chemical process that one would not expect would be within the reach of native Amazonian chemistry.


Darby certainly thought so in the beginning. So, yes, in at least one important way, the living world is inherently symbolic. There seems to be a capacity to make choices operating inside each cell in our body, down to the level of individual proteins and enzymes.

Second, he pulls together a truly impressive litany of research into the creation myths of indigenous peoples around the world. This encounter began an adventure that lasted over ten years and culminated in his book, The Cosmic Serpent: Pangea made sense to every school child who’d studied a globe but took most of a century to become accepted science. This is the story of an excellent thought experiment, and for this reason I have learned much.

I didn’t actually finish this. But the book csomic gets loopier after that. Admittedly, I was on the lookout for anything unusual, as my investigation had led me to consider that DNA and its cellular machinery truly were an extremely sophisticated technology of cosmic origin. This means that it prefers pejorative and even wrong answers to admitting its own lack of understanding.

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. Pages to import images to Wikidata All stub articles. This would be a rather rhe premise except for the fact that Narby is a trained PhD. Aug 10, Kent Winward rated it liked it.

To ask other readers questions about The Cosmic Serpentplease sign up. Even though his claims may be seen as unprovable at this point and possibly wronghe brings a fresh perspective, including a harsh criticism on the dogmatic and narrow perspective of today’s science such as too much compartmentalization and disconnect between different branches of science.