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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Their knowledge, though, has been reached by shamanic ritual not lab work, by the perceptions of mythology and by what are termed “plant-teachers”, such as the hallucinogenic drug ayahuasca. This Great point about modern science: One can fill a book with correspondences between shamanism and molecular biology. No trivia or quizzes yet.

How has living in the Amazon and studying the shamans affected you? As an aside, biophotons appear to be released from the lipid membrane, which is the main area of cell-cell communication via visible light– not DNA. But make sure you’ve got your tinfoil hat ready.

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One of the issues that keeps cropping up when I rhapsodize with reason is the enigma of DNA. In a first-person narrative of scientific yhe 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.

I loved how he talked about thespecies of plants in the Western Amazon and how the fact that native Amazonians were able to put together the right three plants out of theseto create a substance now called in pharmacology curare. Nature, to shamans, is conscious or “minded”, an idea unpopular to many western scientists.


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Has he been able to identify the true spark of life? It brings together so many of the issues that interest me: Jujuborre says the purpose of his knowledge is healing, which should never be done for a fee.

American jungle nraby accord with genuine shamanic practices of indigenous tribes and a little structural criticism of anthropology along with a grand theory for where serpsnt life in the universe comes from: This means that it prefers pejorative and even wrong answers to admitting its own lack of understanding.

The Cosmic Serpent is a wonderful read! We see what we believe, and not just the contrary; and to change what we see, it serent sometimes necessary to change what we believe. I eagerly anticipated this book as I had heard it mentioned as a classic on Ayahuasca and as a good reference point in a number of other books and Ayahuasca and shamanism. This is how animals and plants were domesticated.

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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.

While in this hallucinogenic state, a person can communicate with their own DNA through images and music. DNA and the Origins of Knowledge. A true understanding of Ayahuasca and the power it harnesses, if well understood could drastically improve our world, if nothing less than to bind Western man back to his natural roots. At times Narby seems to get too carried away with his part of the argument, but that also makes this book a very humane one, as it carries us through a simplified stream of consciousness as an idea evolves throughout the author’s investigative effort.

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I think the science of shamans can complement modern science by helping make sense of the data it generates. I read on, however, and the novel turned into a page-turning thriller.


Almost half the book is made up of end notes and bibliography, and Dr. Any error made during this editing can be fatal to the entire organism, so these enzymes are consistently making the right choices.

Writing a book is like sending out a message in a bottle: I fond myself in constant agreement with Narby about the arrogance and consequent ignorance of Western “science” and knowledge. The Cosmic Serpent is a thorough, entertaining, and enlightening exploration into the ancestral wisdom passed down through tribal knowledge–and how it meets or even exceeds Western understanding of human development and evolution.

In fact, the use of knowledge for the accumulation of personal power is the definition of black magic for many shamans and ayahuasqueros. I also spend time with my children, and with children in my community as a soccer coachI look after the plants in my garden, without using pesticides and so on. Scientists chalk this up to “random” luck, even though in the particular case of curare, not only is the combination of plants exactly the right kind to create a drug that will kill the prey, but not poison its meat, and also relax the muscles so that, say, if a money is shot it will wrap its tail around a tree branch and the hunter will have to climb the tree to get it.

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. Many of the questions about DNA had already been asked, though not always answered.