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.

Author: Jutaxe Sarisar
Country: Iraq
Language: English (Spanish)
Genre: Environment
Published (Last): 20 April 2008
Pages: 392
PDF File Size: 13.78 Mb
ePub File Size: 3.45 Mb
ISBN: 913-6-46763-517-6
Downloads: 34741
Price: Free* [*Free Regsitration Required]
Uploader: Gardalkis

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 This is the kind of book that can be an eye-opener.

cosmid Aug 04, Peter Baranovsky rated it did not like it. Narby calls into serious question the limits of the scientific process and how we come to know things int he industrialized world.

But the book just gets loopier after that. I also spend time with my jeremu, and with children in my community as a soccer coachI look after the plants in my garden, without using pesticides and so on. View all 4 comments.

Jan 20, Jacob rated it did not like it. To make this drug one must cook it for a period of 72 hours exactly, and also not be anywhere near the boiling pot, as its fumes are extremely toxic and will kill if inhaled. After finishing this book I wanted to create an entire series of childrens books rooted in a cosmology that borrows heavily from his theories. Tje is, in some sense, the enemy. I found this book very inspiring from a creative perspective, and tore through it Narby’s experience as an anthropologist in the Amazon 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.

A strand is only 10 atoms wide but the cossmic in a single cell would stretch out to about 3 meters 6 feet in length. Alex Jones for people with graduate degrees. I don’t think Narby provides anywhere near enough evidence to support his theory though to be fair, he makes a valiant effort and does indeed support his ideas better than I expected him to.

  BS 6349-2 PDF

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. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. The cosmic serpent was entertaining while it was informative.

The Cosmic Serpent – Wikipedia

Oct 30, Jenny rated it liked it Shelves: He comes by his thesis combining studies in a number of disciplines, from biochemistry to comparative mythology to his own field of anthropology, etc. However, as a geneticist researcher myself, I have to say that Narby is an excellent anthropologist but a dirt poor biologist.

Ayahuasca is a substance which does alter the mind in a tremendous way and I See true possibilities that it is what we call DNA triggering some of the visions. Aug 10, Kent Winward rated it liked it. I initially thought of the writings of Carlos Castaneda, but there is a scientific and intellectual rigor in Narby’s book that I can not find in Castaneda’s works. Though the book is based on academic research, it reads like a mystery novel as it unfolds each new chapter with clarity and discovery.

The snakes, he writes, communicate, or “teach” him. Why is there such a consistent system of natural symbols in the world? Aug 15, Laura rated it it was amazing. This article about a book on biology or natural history is a stub.

DNA is very similar visually to the intertwined serpents. The same three thoughts trotted out again and again.

Serpent’s tale | Society | The Guardian

She and other scientists were humbled by the extent of his knowledge, asking repeatedly how indigenous experts come by it. You have said comsic people are having trouble summing up your book.

Wow is it jereym big! Nature, to shamans, is conscious or “minded”, an idea unpopular to many western scientists. I picked up this book on the count of my deep love for the word “Cosmic,” thinking I would learn something tne about the Cosmos. As you can see, there are a lot of positive things about this book! This leads me to suspect that the cosmic serpent is narcissistic—or, at least, obsessed with its own reproduction, even in imagery.

Serpent’s tale

This is the story of an excellent thought experiment, and for this reason I have learned much. The clear answer is that more research is needed in consciousness, shamanism, molecular esrpent, and their interrelatedness.


The Cosmic Serpent is a thorough, entertaining, and enlightening exploration into the ancestral wisdom passed down through tribal knowledge–and how it meets or even exceeds Western understanding of human development and evolution. Narby’s path begins in the serpenh 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.

His investigations into comparative mythology and the preponderance therein of snakes and twins across cultures is interesting, if not already rather well known. Scientists chalk this up to “random” luck, even cismic in the particular case of curare, not only is the combination of plants exactly the right kind to create a drug that will kill the prey, but not poison its meat, and also relax the muscles so that, say, if a money is shot it will wrap its tail around a tree branch and the hunter will have to climb the tree to get it.

Ayahuasca, by the way, also grows in a serpentine shape. I like how Narby takes a deconstructionist approach to anthropology. The message I got from shamans was: Narby’s intellectual journey begins in the forests of the Peruvian Amazon, where he worked with the Ashaninca people for many years, and moves through research in anthropology and molecular biology.

Views Read Edit View history.

The Cosmic Serpent: DNA and the Origins of Knowledge

He then goes on to list some of the more amazing facts about DNA. But as I pored over thousands of pages of biological texts, I discovered a world of science fiction that seemed to confirm my hypothesis.

Civilization rests on millennia of Neolithicscience. Let me throw a bunch of huge numbers at you! Aug 21, Jonathanstray Stray rated it did not like it. 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.

This was a winner.