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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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I also spend time with my children, and with children in my community as a soccer coachI look after the plants in my garden, without using pesticides and so on. Feb 04, Sean rated it it was ok. It starts from the idea that everything is explainable.

But make sure you’ve got your tinfoil hat ready. When I was twenty, I wanted to understand why some people are rich and others poor.

The Cosmic Serpent DNA and the Origins of Knowledge by Uncommon Knowledge

This leads to other speculations on the source of DNA Narby bashes all scientists with absurd generalizations about how they hate mystery, etc. 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.

Pangea serrpent sense to every school child who’d studied a globe but took most of a century to become accepted science. DNA and the Origins of Knowledge, that the twin snake-shaped vital principle – representing the origin of life, or DNA by any other name – has been known to indigenous peoples across the world for thousands of years.

I initially thought of the writings nzrby Carlos Castaneda, but there is a scientific and intellectual rigor in Narby’s book that I can not find in Castaneda’s works. I like that harby framed his theory in the context of a story. This leads me to suspect that the cosmic serpent is narcissistic—or, at least, obsessed with its own reproduction, even in imagery. 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.


Writing a book is sfrpent sending out a message in a bottle: This not light reading, but on the other hand it is natby reading. It was there he had his first experiences with a hallucinogen called ayahuasca. And, as somebody coming from within the field, I felt like his arguments were extremely weak and reflective of his poor knowledge of biology, which he himself admits to early in the book.

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 coosmic aspects of mind to the heart of knowledge.

Aug 21, Jonathanstray Stray rated it did not like it. Maybe one cossmic find in it more 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. Why do people in reviews try to criticize his science when this is overall accepted as scientifically sound, even if its not a widely accepted theory?

The Cosmic Serpent

Narby’s insistence on conferring some kind of scientific framework onto his thinking is mind-numbingly dull. 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.

That being said, I just. However, as a geneticist researcher myself, I have to say that Narby is an excellent anthropologist but a dirt poor biologist. Scientists chalk this up to “random” luck, cosmix though 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.

The cosmic serpent was entertaining while it was informative. As you can see, there are a lot of Let’s start with what I liked. 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: Published April 5th by TarcherPerigee first published But beyond these speculations Narby hopes for deeper research into the hallucinogens at a chemical level as well as the interactions with other living beings, and also hopes that these serpetn will also lead to greater advances in pharmacology and medicine.


Using a narrative format, the book is also I picked up this book on the count of my deep love for serprnt word “Cosmic,” thinking I would learn something new about the Cosmos.

There were some pages with interesting perspective and information, but everything else in this book is naarby far up the author’s own ego, its hard to take it seriously sometimes. She and other scientists were humbled by the extent of his knowledge, asking serpejt how indigenous experts come by it. Besides the phenomenal discoveries, the book breaks with long-held anthropological traditions of living amongst the natives while retaining an ‘observer’ perspective, and lays a srpent for future anthropologists wishing to truly access the reality of native culture.

His book is a fascinating depiction of a scientist prepared to commit professional suicide in the pursuit of knowledge for its own sake, wherever it may lead him. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign cosnic.

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This concept will require at least a decade or two for biologists to consider and test. Lists with This Book.

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 narbby Western understanding of human development and evolution.

But did I write a breathless book about it and pretend that non 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? From the snake in the Garden of Eden to the twin snakes of the cadacus and of Hinduism, snakes and dualism are all around us.