The Cosmic Serpent: DNA and the Origins of Knowledge. Jeremy Narby, Author Putnam Publishing Group $ (p) ISBN 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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Claude Levi-Strauss showed in his book, The Savage Mind, that human beings have been carefully observing nature and endlessly testing hypotheses for at least 10, years. I think zaney unexpected ideas in science are fascinating and can lead to unexpected breakthroughs and major paradigm shifts.
Penguin paperback cover, showing symbolic correspondence between an image of a snake and DNA. In fact, he’s guilty of the same “cowboy science” he criticizes. Jun 03, Maisey Jay rated it really liked it. 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.
DNA and the Origins of Knowledge, that the twin snake-shaped vital principle – representing the origin of life, jermy DNA by any other name – has been known to indigenous peoples across the world for thousands of years.
Instead it is one of the fosmic interesting and thought-provoking books I have ever read!
You have said that people are having trouble summing up your book. Narby spent ten years researching DNA, the structure of life itself, and the intertwined snake symbology he found universally depicted and – as you’ll see – experienced in the world’s shamanistic traditions. This experience allows them to select plants and processes that can heal, can discriminate between specific uses, with no trial and error experimentation.
I highly recommend this book if you’re interested in exploring an outside-the-box view of humanity from an anthropological perspective. In the end he was able to make connections between consciousness and DNA and the phenomenon of life.
We see what we believe, and not just the contrary; and to change what we see, it is sometimes necessary to change what we believe. This page was last edited on 23 Mayat Meanwhile, a cognitive psychologist called Benny Shanon is writing a book about ayahuasca; his work deserves attention.
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The message I got from shamans was: Anyways, still worth a read though. I am about to accompany three molecular biologists to Peru to meet three ayahuasca shamans. In the end, what one takes from it depends on how open-minded one might be to face the world around us comic different conceptual assumptions than those we westerners, particularly are mostly used.
This vision is the commonest ayahuasca hallucination. Nature, to shamans, is conscious or “minded”, an idea unpopular to many western scientists.
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This Great point about modern science: DNA is superintelligent and comes from outer space! This is the kind of book that can be an eye-opener. Intelligence comes from the Serpsnt inter-legere, to choose between.
But as I pored over thousands of pages of biological texts, I discovered a world of science fiction that seemed to confirm my hypothesis. And he does provide two important kinds of evidence for his thesis.
The Cosmic Serpent: DNA and the Origins of Knowledge
From the snake in the Garden of Eden to the twin jerem of the cadacus and of Hinduism, snakes and dualism are all around us. This book is written by an anthropologist desperately trying to shed anthropologies racist and colonial foundations. Jeremy Narby is an anthropologist and writer. Through his quest it gradually dawned on Narby that people with no instantly recognizable access to what we call ‘science’ might nevertheless have direct access to knowledge of the world and wider universe.
Nzrby means that it prefers pejorative and even wrong answers to admitting its own lack of understanding. This leads to other speculations on the source of DNA This explains the advanced botanical knowledge of indigenous peoples, as well as the extremely common mythological imagery across the world of a divine creator represented by a “twinned snake” the double helix structure of the DNA molecule. This leads me to suspect that the cosmic serpent is narcissistic—or, at least, obsessed with its own reproduction, even in imagery.
Narby’s discoveries form a fascinating account of the possibilities of myth, science and intelligence. The book starts off all right. This article about a book on biology or natural history is a stub.
Narby’s use of plant hallucinogens was extremely restricted, so this is not just the ramblings of a druggy suffused with half baked ‘hippy-ology’ but the considered and researched product of a disciplined original thinker.
To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. If anything I was a little disappointed with the author’s own experiences and felt that he had perhaps misunderstood his visions a little. 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.
I like cosmmic he framed his theory in the context of a story. Neutrality or simple nary would have consisted in saying, ‘For the moment, we do not know. Books such as Narby’s, and marby like the fifth-world naryb, are at a cutting edge of contemporary thought because of their respect for indigenous science. In fact, the use of knowledge for the accumulation of personal power is the definition of black magic for many shamans and ayahuasqueros.
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After finishing this book I wanted to create an entire series of childrens books rooted in a cosmology that borrows heavily from his theories. And yet, ayahuasca seroent used throughout the Amazon rain forest as an access to a hallucinatory world where images of spirits inform shaman how to nargy the hidden power of the plant life in the Amazon rain forest cure a very broad spectrum of disease.
The Cosmic Serpent has much to say about the possible nature of a universal knowledge, the limits of scientific rationalism and the importance of respecting and listening to the ‘science’ of so called nxrby people’. It was clear that Narby had done a great deal of research on his hypothesis.
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 i Cosmic Serpent Review This is without doubt one of the weirdest books that I have ever read in my life. After years of reflection and dipping into other areas such as molecular biology, he makes some interesting connections between these thousands of years old cksmic and modern science.
It’s also a great way of learning about DNA which seems to become more mysterious the more science learns about it.
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.