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The cosmic serpent was entertaining while it was informative. It was clear that Narby had done a great deal of research on his hypothesis. I can totally imagine an experienced shaman retrieving information from DNA strands of a plant or a human being. How this intelligence srrpent is the question. I couldn’t just abandon it, though, because the material seemed so promising–this idea that shamans, through the practice of drinking ayahuasca, The concept and the first chapter hooked me, and then the downhill slide began.

Also, some good thoughts on the problems with anthropology, but in the end I was left wanting for a more thorough examination of the abilities of hallucinogens to change our ability to perceive the world.

I picked up this book on the count of my deep werpent for the word “Cosmic,” thinking I would learn something new about the Cosmos. But were they the first?

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. Questioning the scientific method as the only means of gaining knowledge is certainly reasonable. Each successive chapter makes a wilder claim, and as they say, extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence.

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. A book that changed the way I view reality, the universe and my place here. This is the kind of book almost designed to start arguments among scientists, and I’m sure those have happened over the past 18 years since the first publication.

Do you think there is not only an intelligence based in our DNA but a consciousness as well? However, as a geneticist researcher myself, I have to say that Narby is an excellent anthropologist but a dirt poor biologist.


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. The reflex reaction towards non-western thinking is pejorative, and the repeated testimonies of indigenous experts are scorned or disbelieved, even though they are, in effect, graduates of “indigenous universities” some 5, years old.

Narby bashes all scientists with absurd generalizations about how they hate mystery, etc.

The Cosmic Serpent

This concept will require at least a decade or two for biologists to consider and test. A true understanding of Ayahuasca and the power it harnesses, if well understood could drastically improve our world, if nothing less than to bind Western man back to his natural roots. American jungle in accord with genuine shamanic practices of indigenous tribes and a little structural criticism of anthropology along with a grand theory for where all life in the universe comes from: 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.

While many in the scientific world have scoffed at his theories, Jeremy Narby has 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. You can help Wikipedia by expanding it. 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.

So that gives you a sense of the thesis of the work and the overall weirdness of the writing. The so-called hallucinations these shamans experience talk to them, teach them things. I found this book very inspiring from a creative perspective, and tore through it in about 3 days. There he encountered Shamans who recounted their experiences with ayahuasca, a hallucinatory drink, which they claim reveals to them the healing properties of the forest.

Though the book is based on academic research, it reads like a mystery novel as it unfolds each new chapter with clarity and discovery.

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.

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But some astronauts did when they set out to explore the final frontier. For the second half, I began to slowly drown in the latter. A professor suggested I look into the situation of indigenous people.


Neutrality or simple honesty would have consisted in saying, ‘For the moment, we do not know. The author is quite brave to make some gutsy and creative claims but in my humble opinion he committed two cognitive fallacies in the elaboration of his theory: He looks for more similarities in science and ancient shammanism to create his own understanding of where we come from and why we are here.

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 it, I felt like I should have been keeping track of all the faulty evidence and logic throughout just to try and keep away from the later conclusions that rested on those early problems.

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The Cosmic Serpent: DNA and the Origins of Knowledge

Your mind is never the same after these types of experiences. Why did you write the book?

This means that it prefers pejorative, and even wrong, answers to admitting its own lack of understanding. In such instances, the burden of proof will always be on the hypothesizer. The nuances of black are outstanding….

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

I found the premises of his research very refreshing: But the book just gets loopier after that. Instead, what I discovered in reading The Cosmic Serpent totally caught me by coemic. Narby spent several years living with the Ashaninca in the Peruvian Amazon cataloging indigenous uses of rainforest resources to help combat ecological destruction.

Since then his name keeps reappearing and everytime I follow the trace I deeply resonate with what I find. The fifth-world project supports western scientists working with indigenous experts as equals, collaborating between different knowledge systems. The topic is absolutely fascinating: Jun 24, Stefan-Iulian Tesoi rated it liked it Shelves: I like how Narby takes a deconstructionist approach to anthropology.