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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One of My Landmark books: Let’s start with what I liked. This concept will require at least a decade or two for biologists to consider and test. This page was last edited on 23 Mayat Feb 25, D. He goes to great lengths to provide evidence for the very extraordinary claims made here, but the evidence is so fraught with confirmation bias, simple misunderstandings of science, and giant leaps nqrby logical thinking that by the point I gave up o I didn’t actually finish this.

The snakes, he writes, communicate, or “teach” him. 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.

He proposes that DNA crystals in cells can receive information from biophotonic emissions and that all life is interacting in this way. 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. 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.

It starts from the serpenh that everything is explainable. In Narby’s case Materialism may be the ultimate winner, but that doesn’t keep it from getting a challenge now and then.


Has he been able to identify the true spark of life? He then goes on to list some of the more amazing facts about DNA. When it is challenged it’s fun to watch and ponder. Those he was studying believe that the serpent is the ultimate life principal.

Any error made during this editing can be fatal to the entire organism, so these enzymes are consistently making the right choices. Jan 20, Jacob rated it did not like it.

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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.

Feb 04, Sean rated it it was ok. This would be a rather bizarre premise except for the fact that Narby is a trained PhD. Look, the first time I took a hallucinogen, I too saw all of the natural world break apart and twist together and reveal to sfrpent its interlinked workings, its fundamental connectedness to me and every other living and non-living entity in the universe entire, I too saw into the deeper reality of the unified cosmic consciousness, and I alone?

Darby certainly thought so in the beginning.

The Cosmic Serpent DNA and the Origins of Knowledge

The concept and the first chapter hooked me, and then the downhill slide began. How this intelligence operates is the question. Meanwhile, a cognitive psychologist called Benny Shanon is writing a book about ayahuasca; his work deserves attention.

For the second half, I began to slowly drown in the latter. Narby suggests how closely DNA corresponds to this description. They and users of other plant-based hallucinogens frequently have visions about serpents intertwined. After spending some time with the Indians of Peru as an anthropologist vosmic goes back The book has a promising start but it goes downhill from there.


Serpent’s tale

But this work has taken him tantalizingly close to all these ultimate answers. The mythological twinned serpents are also connected to knowledge itself. Jujuborre says the purpose of his knowledge is healing, which should never be done for a fee. Also, some good thoughts on the problems with anthropology, but in the end I was left comic for serpdnt more thorough examination of the abilities of hallucinogens to change our ability to perceive the world. Books such as Narby’s, and programmes like the fifth-world project, are at a cutting edge of contemporary thought because of their respect for indigenous science.

His writing style is between personal and scientific, and surely an enjoyable book for those looking for something different! Jeremy Narby is an anthropologist and cosmid. Mark Tyrrell Creative Director. Ultimately, The Cosmic Serpent is a book way ahead of its time, and is a plea to the “civilized” world to recognize the potential contribution that the Ayahuasqueros could bequeath to our culture.

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From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. They popularised the discovery narhy the west, describing the essence of life as twin snakes, or the snaking ladder of the double helix. This is the story of an excellent thought experiment, and for this reason I have learned much.