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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It is a tremendously important book. Darby certainly thought so in the beginning. After spending some time with the Indians of Peru as an anthropologist he goes back home where he starts writing about his experience. 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.

For the second half, I began to slowly drown in the latter. May 05, Bob Mustin rated it really liked it. 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. He was very antagonistic to Western science, but still attempted to take advantage of it’s legitimacy This was a slightly crazy book by an anthropologist who has taken too many hallucinogenic “ayahuasca journeys”.

I think the book highlights, not how much we know of science, but how little we know of ancient shamanism.

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

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. You explain how different scientific schools keep to themselves, and in doing so, their discoveries and knowledge become limited.

By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. This is cowboy science and it is not as objective cosnic it claims.


Narby notes how the botanical and medical knowledge of indigenous Amazonians can astonish western-trained scientists. I like how Narby takes a deconstructionist approach to anthropology.

Serpnet and three molecular biologists revisited the Peruvian Amazon to try to test the hypothesis, and their work is featured in the documentary filmNight of the Liana. Nraby for telling us about the problem. 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.

Serpent’s tale

First, he refers to several interesting studies that seem to lend plausibility to this idea that DNA itself is emanating light in visible wavelengths. There were some pages with interesting perspective and information, but everything else in this book is so far up the author’s own ego, its hard to take it seriously sometimes. But were they the first? Are you taking the conclusions from your book further in your research? It was there he had his first experiences with a hallucinogen called ayahuasca.

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

The message I got from shamans was: Biophotons from DNA that somehow communicate agricultural information to people while they’re under the influence of hallucinogens??

How has living in the Amazon and studying the shamans affected you? From Narby’s interviews he realized that there were coincidences in the experience of many of the users Jeremy Narby was doing anthropology field work with a community in the Peruvian Amazon called the Quirishari in the mids.

In fact, the use of knowledge for the accumulation of personal power is the definition of black magic for many shamans and ayahuasqueros. 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.


He looks coemic more similarities in science and ancient shammanism to create his own understanding of where we come serpnt and why we are here. Sserpent make sure you’ve got your tinfoil hat ready.

However, as a geneticist researcher myself, I have to say that Narby is an excellent anthropologist but a dirt poor biologist. When it is challenged it’s fun to watch and ponder. Every cell and every living organism has DNA, and human cells have some of the same markers found in yeast, one of the oldest organisms.

Narby says it would be impossible for indigenous peoples to have discovered all the medicinal properties of the hundreds of thousands of plants around them through trial and error, and that direct communication through DNA knowledge – the ‘Cosmic Serpent’ actually seems more likely!

But something in the pit of my stomach kept telling me that DNA is something else again, something so special as to be set apart from the 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. Narby grew up in Canada and Switzerland, studied history at the University of Canterbury, and received a doctorate in anthropology from Stanford University.

Pages to import images to Wikidata All stub articles. In such instances, the burden of proof will always be on the hypothesizer. You won’t be disappointed. This means that it prefers pejorative and even wrong answers to admitting its own lack of understanding. I like that he framed his theory in the context of a story.

His argument is actually quite convincing as he punches holes in rational constructive thinking and makes the case for completely different and more intuitive platform of knowledge.