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 vision is the commonest ayahuasca hallucination. I wrote the book because I felt that certain things needed saying.

The Cosmic Serpent DNA and the Origins of Knowledge

Anyways, still worth a read though. Alex Jones for people with graduate degrees. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Narby’s experience as an anthropologist in the Amazon leads zerpent to believe that ancient indigenous tribes in South America, Africa, coemic Australia have common themes in nxrby shammanistic traditions, imagery, and mythology that mirror the work being done by microbiologists today.

Furthermore, he claims that DNA itself is conscious and can talk to the DNA in any other life form through light waves, so when you establish contact with your own DNA, you also have access to all the knowledge in all the DNA in the world. Jul 16, Dani Catalina rated it it was amazing. Do you think there is not only an intelligence based in our DNA but a consciousness as well?

May 05, Bob Mustin rated it really liked it. He takes ayahuasca, which is extracted from a vine, and, like the shamans, describes seeing two gigantic snakes. I think zaney unexpected ideas in science are fascinating and can lead to unexpected breakthroughs and major paradigm shifts. It’s also a great way of learning about DNA which seems to become more mysterious the more science learns about it. After spending some time with the Indians of Peru as an anthropologist he goes back home where he starts writing about his experience.

Darby certainly thought so in the beginning. He proposes that DNA crystals in cells can receive information from biophotonic emissions and that all life is interacting in this way. 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.


Narby calls into serious question the limits of the scientific process and how we come to know things int he industrialized world. Aug 09, Kim rated it really liked it. This is the first audiobook where I want to keep a review short because I don’t want to post spoilers. Published April 5th by TarcherPerigee first published 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 think the science of shamans can complement modern science by helping make sense of the data it generates. You explain how different scientific schools keep to themselves, and in doing so, their discoveries and knowledge become limited. Registered Company Telephone: DNA and the Origins of Knowledge. 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.

Your email address is safe. 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.

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Those who drink the brew made from the ayahuasca experience several visual hallucinations that give them what they believe are deeper understandings of plants for medication found throughout the rainforest. 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. A book that changed the way I view reality, the universe and my place here.

You can coamic Wikipedia by expanding it. It was clear that Narby had done a great deal of research on his hypothesis.

The Cosmic Serpent: DNA and the Origins of Knowledge

I couldn’t just abandon it, though, because the material seemed so promising–this idea that shamans, through the practice of drinking ayahuasca, are connecting to life’s building blocks. I was very annoyed by this book. His journey starts with his experience in the Western Amazon basin where he was invited to try powerful hallucinogen nraby “ayahuasca”. The cosmic serpent was entertaining while it was informative. In the end he was able to make connections between consciousness and DNA and the phenomenon of life.


DNA and the Origins of Knowledge, that the twin snake-shaped vital principle – representing the origin of life, or DNA by any other name – has been known to indigenous peoples across the world for thousands of years.

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My hypothesis is that it is connected to the double helix of DNA inside virtually all living beings. Knowledge, he concludes, may be able to transmit itself though the ‘twin serpents’ or ‘Cosmic Serpent which is also DNA’ directly into human consciousness. As an apprentice ayahuasquero myself, who has studied exclusively on my own in the West, I think that there is a lot more to the DNA link than meets the eye.

This is pseudoscience and provides no evidence to support that this is how biophotons work. Reading Narby’s experience of taking hallucinogens was eerie, but I could relate to some of his sensations. The combination of spirituality and science feels like it’s on the right track to me, and I’ve always liked the idea of SOMETHING that connects all the living creatures on the planet let’s call it the over-soul, to borrow a term from Emersoneven if I’ve never actually felt such a nqrby myself.

I think the book highlights, not how much we know of science, but how little we know of ancient shamanism.