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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Could it be that the true knowledge of the world is hiding from us? It was clear that Narby had done a great deal of research on his hypothesis. This Great point about coxmic science: Jeremy Narby is obviously intelligent. The concept and the first chapter hooked me, and then the downhill slide began. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.

For the second half, I began to slowly drown in the latter. Questioning the scientific method as the only means of gaining knowledge is certainly reasonable. Penguin paperback cover, showing symbolic correspondence between an image of a snake and DNA. 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!

Narby’s insistence on conferring some kind of scientific framework onto his thinking is mind-numbingly dull. In seprent end he was able to make connections between consciousness and DNA and the phenomenon of life.

While in this hallucinogenic state, a person can communicate with their own DNA through images and music. There was enough there to cause a text exchange between a friend and me, and the friend quickly presented the paper to me in book form. Those he was studying believe vosmic the serpent is the ultimate life principal.

The Cosmic Serpent

Scientists and Shamans swrpent Two sides of the same coin? Alex Jones for people with graduate degrees. Narby’s contribution is to make a bridge between the two ways of knowing. 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.


They and users of other plant-based hallucinogens frequently have visions about serpents intertwined. I didn’t actually finish this. There he encountered Shamans who recounted their experiences with ayahuasca, a hallucinatory drink, which they claim reveals to them the healing properties of the forest.

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narvy This leads to other speculations on the source of Fosmic 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: There were some pages with interesting perspective and information, but everything else in this book is so far up the author’s own ego, its hard to take it seriously sometimes.

The book has a promising start but it goes downhill from there.

View all 12 comments. In fact, he’s guilty of the same “cowboy science” he criticizes.

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Aug 15, Laura rated it it was amazing. This is pseudoscience and provides no evidence to support that this is how biophotons work. I mean, read it. 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. But beyond these speculations Narby hopes for deeper research into the hallucinogens at a chemical level as well as the interactions with other living beings, and also hopes that these speculations will also lead to greater advances in pharmacology and medicine.

Narby’s premise is that hallucinogenic drugs used by shaman in the Western Amazon actually give them access to medicinal information through knowledge coded in DNA. This book was phenomenally excellent in its scope, pacing and informative research. Must read it again to remember the book.

Jan 31, Maze Martinez rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: Pangea made sense to every school child who’d studied a globe but took most of a century to become accepted science. Retrieved from ” https: The mythological twinned serpents are also connected to knowledge itself. Maybe one can find in it more juice if one has already some inkling about psychedelic experiences and studies, or if you have had some experience with hallucinatory substances, especially ayahuasca, which is central to the thesis of the book.


Each successive chapter makes a wilder claim, and as they say, extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence. I like how he fearlessly points out the cultural biases and confirmation bias of the scientific method. Narvy Preview See a Problem? 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 work being done by microbiologists today.

Oct 13, Nathaniel rated it liked it Jerwmy Second, he pulls together a truly impressive litany of research into the creation myths of indigenous peoples around the world.

The Cosmic Serpent: DNA and the Origins of Knowledge

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. Return to Book Page. Do you think there is not only an intelligence based in our DNA but a consciousness as well? He has a second book titled: 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.

I love Narby’s cross-cultural, interdisciplinary, “big picture” approach. 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 This is the kind of book that can be an eye-opener.

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