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The Cosmic Serpent: DNA and the Origins of Knowledge

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

  • Title: The Cosmic Serpent: DNA and the Origins of Knowledge
  • Author: Jeremy Narby
  • ISBN: 9780874779646
  • Page: 155
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Cosmic Serpent: DNA and the Origins of Knowledge By Jeremy Narby 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.In a first person narrative of scientific discovery that opens new perspectives on biology, anthropology, and the limits of rationalism, ThThis 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.In a first person narrative of scientific discovery that opens new perspectives on biology, anthropology, and the limits of rationalism, The Cosmic Serpent reveals how startlingly different the world around us appears when we open our minds to it.
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    1. D.M. Kenyon on said:

      Jeremy Narby s Cosmic Serpent is a densely academic book that is 50% footnotes This not light reading, but on the other hand it is essential reading Narby s premise is that hallucinogenic drugs used by shaman in the Western actually give them access to medicinal information through knowledge coded in DNA This would be a rather bizarre premise except for the fact that Narby is a trained PhD in anthropology and his work is based an extensive survey of academic materials across numerous disciplines [...]

    2. John on said:

      For anyone interested in DNA, shamanism and the origins of life and knowledge, this book is a must read 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 Intrigued Open your mind and read on You won t be disappointed.

    3. Paperclippe on said:

      I have no idea what I just read.I m not sure if this is one of those cases of, When you have a hammer, everything looks like a nail, or something entirely different, but either this guy is really onto something here, or he s a complete and utter banana sandwich.For the first half of the book, I was strongly in the former camp For the second half, I began to slowly drown in the latter.This is the first audiobook where I want to keep a review short because I don t want to post spoilers I also want [...]

    4. Jonathanstray Stray on said:

      This book is an astonishing example of delusional thinking and exceptionally insane reasoning Seriously This ancient carving is X shaped, they must have been drawing chromosomes during mitosis

    5. Walter on said:

      This was a slightly crazy book by an anthropologist who has taken too many hallucinogenic ayahuasca journeys He has a thesis that ayahuasca allows shamans to communicate with nature via DNA He proposes that DNA crystals in cells can receive information from biophotonic emissions and that all life is interacting in this way I could have entertained his ideas if he presented them differently He was very antagonistic to Western science, but still attempted to take advantage of it s legitimacy to pr [...]

    6. Nicolas Shump on said:

      A brilliant and thought provoking book that argues that perhaps the drug induced trances of an ian tribe and their creation myths are somehow related to modern genetics Narby is a Stanford PhD in Anthropology who did his dissertation on these peoples, but this is not his dissertation Instead it is one of the most interesting and thought provoking books I have ever read It brings together so many of the issues that interest me Religion, Science, Evolution, Physics, Cosmology, the Supernatural, an [...]

    7. Jenny on said:

      Let s start with what I liked.I like how Narby takes a deconstructionist approach to anthropology I like how he fearlessly points out the cultural biases and confirmation bias of the scientific method I love Narby s cross cultural, interdisciplinary, big picture approach I like how he tries to find evidentiary support for all of his claims I like that he wrote for a regular, non academic audience I like that he framed his theory in the context of a story.As you can see, there are a lot of positi [...]

    8. Laura on said:

      This was a winner Exactly the right balance between scholarship and accessibility Almost half the book is made up of end notes and bibliography, and Dr Narby is brave, cautious, and eloquent stating his thesis that it is possible, and even likely, that DNA is sentient Since he s a vetted scientist, this is no easy claim to make Nor does he rely except but for a fraction of the book on his own experience with Ayahuasca, which is very limited, and one of the few things that I would have liked to s [...]

    9. Maze Martinez on said:

      This book was phenomenally excellent in its scope, pacing and informative research Though the book is based on academic research, it reads like a mystery novel as it unfolds each new chapter with clarity and discovery Narby s path begins in the jungles of South America where he learns from the shamans of the Ashaninca about Ayahuasca and the visions that have sustained their culture for thousands of years He draws connections between their experiences with Ayahuasca and similar themes that appea [...]

    10. Kim on said:

      Jeremy Narby was doing anthropology field work with a community in the Peruvian called the Quirishari in the mid 1980s It was there he had his first experiences with a hallucinogen called ayahuasca His experiences with the substance, and his talks with others in the community about their experiences, were a major source of many of the speculations found in the latter part of the book.From Narby s interviews he realized that there were coincidences in the experience of many of the users of the pl [...]

    11. travis lawrence on said:

      a great first person detailed account of his research in the studies of shamanic accounts of the great mythical serpent found in all religions and our modern notion of DNAhow they are the same story just told in different mannershow further discovery of DNA s role does nothing than exactly correlate with the poetic tales of the great cosmic serpenta quick readmaybe too quicki took it out on 2 3 sittingsstarts off a little slow by following his introduction and buildup of what he will shortly di [...]

    12. João Mendes on said:

      I picked up this book on the count of my deep love for the word Cosmic, thinking I would learn something new about the Cosmos Instead, what I discovered in reading The Cosmic Serpent totally caught me by surprise The Cosmic Serpent is a powerful book synthesizing the spiritual, biological, and cosmic connections of the DNA through many civilizations, including Ancient Egypt, Australian, China, and the native societies of the ia, to name a few Using a narrative format, the book is also a story of [...]

    13. Peter Baranovsky on said:

      Alex Jones for people with graduate degrees This book is a brilliant showcase of how badly postmodernism has ruined humanities and social sciences.

    14. Sean on said:

      Look, the first time I took a hallucinogen, I too saw all of the natural world break apart and twist together and reveal to me 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 learned that the funniest thing in all of creation is the taste of a 7 11 watermelon Slurpee.But did I write a breathless book about it and pretend that none o [...]

    15. WesleyGerrard on said:

      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 The author begins in typical Ayahuasca tourist fashion, and undertakes you on his ian journey with a shaman, partaking in the sacred Yage ceremony If anything I was a little disappointed with the author s own experiences and felt that he had perhaps misunderstood his visions a little I read on, however, and the novel turned int [...]

    16. Jamie on said:

      Narby s experience as an anthropologist in the 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 He looks for similarities in science and ancient shammanism to create his own understanding of where we come from and why we are here.I found this book very inspiring from a creative perspective, and tore through it in about 3 [...]

    17. Nicholas Lyell on said:

      I didn t actually finish this Not something I very often say about a book 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 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 in logical thinking that by the point I gave up on i [...]

    18. AndrewR on said:

      One of My Landmark books A book that changed the way I view reality, the universe and my place here This book is written by an anthropologist desperately trying to shed anthropologies racist and colonial foundations In the process he stumbles on spectacular revelations concerning ancient knowledge which of course is nothing new to the indigenous people he is living with and intelligence of species other than humans He has a second book titled Intelligence in Nature which is not quite as mind bog [...]

    19. Nadine May on said:

      Read it years ago and It s on my bookshelf Must read it again to remember the book.

    20. Nathaniel on said:

      Cosmic Serpent ReviewThis is without doubt one of the weirdest books that I have ever read in my life Here, I ll give you a snippet so you understand what I m talking about Why do life creating, knowledge imparting snake appear in the visions, myths, and dreams of human beings around the world My answer is speculative It is that the global network of DNA based life emits ultra weak radio waves, which are currently at the limits of measurement, but which we can nonetheless perceive in states of [...]

    21. Y. on said:

      Great point about modern science The rational approach tends to minimize what it does not understand It starts from the idea that everything is explainable Mystery is, in some sense, the enemy This means that it prefers pejorative and even wrong answers to admitting its own lack of understanding.The molecular biology that considers that 97% of the DNA in our body is junk reveals not only its degree of ignorance but the extent to which it is prepared to belittle the unknown This is cowboy science [...]

    22. Kent Winward on said:

      Interesting concept about hallucinogenic drugs giving insight into molecular biology, but little in substance other than comparative mythology coincidences Also, some good thoughts on the problems with anthropology, but in the end I was left wanting for a thorough examination of the abilities of hallucinogens to change our ability to perceive the world.

    23. Maisey Jay on said:

      This book reminded me of the show ancient aliens in a positive way The cosmic serpent was entertaining while it was informative I can t say I m convinced but it is an interesting idea.

    24. Bob Mustin on said:

      Despite being some 17 years removed from an engineering career, I still find myself caught up occasionally in the delightful mental snares of reason, science, and technology One of the issues that keeps cropping up when I rhapsodize with reason is the enigma of DNA We know all life is constructed from DNA, that it s prolific, intelligent, and indestructible But something in the pit of my stomach kept telling me that DNA is something else again, something so special as to be set apart from the cr [...]

    25. Emily on said:

      This is the story of an excellent thought experiment, and for this reason I have learned much However, as a geneticist researcher myself, I have to say that Narby is an excellent anthropologist but a dirt poor biologist His hypothesis is falsifiable and is therefore scientific but it is a poor hypothesis rooted in metaphor I realize this was published two decades ago and the study of biology doesn t stand still, so evidence used by Narby e.g whale evolution, lack of complex pre Cambrian fossil e [...]

    26. Henrique Maia on said:

      This is the kind of book that can be an eye opener Maybe one can find in it 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.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 throu [...]

    27. Jacob on said:

      The concept and the first chapter hooked me, and then the downhill slide began The style of writing bothered me than anything else Narby s insistence on conferring some kind of scientific framework onto his thinking is mind numbingly dull The same three thoughts trotted out again and again Contains 40 pages worth of interesting things to say I couldn t just abandon it, though, because the material seemed so promising this idea that shamans, through the practice of drinking ayahuasca, are connec [...]

    28. Menno on said:

      Anyone who is interested in DNA or shamanism or just wants to expend his view upon things, i really want you to pick up this book and read it It is a great book in several ways, but above all it teaches you how to look at other cultures and there history for answers we are looking for these days in western world.

    29. Stephanie on said:

      I came at this book all backwards I imagine myself sitting in the , brew of Ayahuasca in hand, reading a copy of Cosmic Serpent saying out loud yeah, Narby, yeah But as it is I m a Westerner, for better and worse, doing my best to get along with my shamanistic ideals Books like this make it easiera lot easier Thanks Mr Narby.

    30. jessica on said:

      For the beginner to genetics, this book provides an amazing introduction written by an anthropologist, in a lively language than much of science writing For anyone interested in sacred plants, DNA, the workings of the human brain and consciousness, and a fairly humble perspective on explorations into unknown cultures and phenomenon.

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