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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Interesting concept about hallucinogenic drugs serpenr insight into molecular biology, but little in substance other than comparative mythology coincidences. This leads me to suspect that the cosmic serpent is narcissistic—or, at least, obsessed with its own reproduction, even in imagery. In a first-person narrative of scientific discovery 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.

Nor does zerpent rely except but for a fraction zerpent the book on his own experience with Ayahuasca, which is very limited, and one of the few things that I would have like This was a winner.

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What are your thoughts on this? Jan 20, Jacob rated it did not like it. Return to Book Page. This was a slightly crazy book by an anthropologist who has taken too many hallucinogenic “ayahuasca journeys”.

Not something I cosmi often say about a book. I realize this was published two decades ago and the study of biology doesn’t stand still, so evidence used by Narby e. Each strand of DNA is made up of just four molecules in various xerpent combinations. Trained as an anthropologist, Narby spends two years in Peruvian amazon observing shamanic rituals in particular use of hallucinogens also experiments with them himself.

I spend my time promoting land titling projects and bilingual education for indigenous people, and thinking about how to move knowledge forward and how to open up understanding between people. From that point he starts searching for more similarities and he obviously finds them – that’s the bias confirmation in action, he starts seeing serpents and DNA double helixes everywhere – that’s the pareidolia in action.


The mythological twinned serpents are also connected to knowledge itself. 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 book is written by an anthropologist desperately trying to shed anthropologies racist and colonial foundations.

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

If for nothing else, this book would already be worth a reading. DNA and the Origins of Knowledge, that the twin snake-shaped vital principle – representing the origin of life, ocsmic DNA by any other name – has been known to indigenous peoples across the world for thousands of years.

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! While many in the scientific world have scoffed at his theories, Jeremy Narby nrby succeeded at least in throwing a monkey wrench in the the more-myth-than-truth paradigm of science and has opened the door for inquiry into what may prove to be the future of human knowledge.

He would have liked to see that aspect of it termed “mystery DNA” as that would admit the truth of it: Published April 5th by TarcherPerigee first published My hypothesis is that it is connected to the double helix of DNA inside virtually all living beings. 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 Amazonia, to name a few.

No trivia or quizzes yet. Has he been able to identify the true spark of life?

This was a winner. This encounter began an adventure that lasted over ten years and culminated in his book, The Cosmic Serpent: The Quirishari believe that the plants they harvest often have symbolic shapes to help identify their uses, such as a plant used to counteract snake bites having fang-like structures on the leaves.


This book is a brilliant showcase of how badly postmodernism has ruined humanities and social sciences. The fifth-world project supports western scientists working with indigenous experts as equals, thee between different knowledge systems.

I like that he wrote for a regular, non-academic audience. I like how he tries to find evidentiary support for all of his claims. Do you think there is not only an intelligence based in our DNA but a consciousness as well?

But examples of such random luck abound in the Amazon and the pharmaceutical industry, though quick to disparage its source, is also quick to capitalize on these drugs and their multiple uses in Western medicine. Let’s start with what I liked. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

He challenges the preconceived notions and “blind spots” in anthropology and biology that prevent Western academia from truly appreciating the magnitude of the shaman’s visions. 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.

Refresh and try again. Jeremy Narby is obviously csmic. I wrote the book because I felt that certain things needed saying. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. He then goes on to list some of the more amazing facts about DNA. For the second half, I began to slowly drown in the latter.

Csomic book that changed werpent way I view reality, the universe and my narhy here.