The Cosmic Serpent: DNA and the Origins of Knowledge. Jeremy Narby, Author Putnam Publishing Group $ (p) ISBN Comece a ler The Cosmic Serpent no seu Kindle em menos de um minuto. Jeremy Narby, Ph.D. is the author of The Cosmic Serpent: DNA and the Origins of . Swiss-Canadian anthropologist Dr Jeremy Narby argues in his book, The Cosmic Serpent: DNA and the Origins of Knowledge, that the twin.

Author: Zubar Zulkikinos
Country: Spain
Language: English (Spanish)
Genre: Automotive
Published (Last): 8 April 2016
Pages: 411
PDF File Size: 5.48 Mb
ePub File Size: 6.20 Mb
ISBN: 245-7-87826-600-3
Downloads: 22428
Price: Free* [*Free Regsitration Required]
Uploader: Akirg

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.

The snakes, he writes, communicate, or “teach” him. Isono is one of them and his love for the forest is very tangible.

The Cosmic Serpent – Wikipedia

I like how he fearlessly points out the cultural biases and confirmation bias of the scientific method. If you could glue these tiny strings end to end from all the cells in your body they would stretch million miles 1. 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.

Those he was studying believe that the serpent is the ultimate life principal. 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.

Sep 06, Jamie rated it really naryb it Shelves: But the urge to try is strong. My own experiences with shammanism were couched in a much more flexible environment, and I found the differences in our experiences and conclusions very narbby.

The author begins in typical Ayahuasca tourist fashion, and undertakes you on his Amazonian journey with a shaman, partaking in the sacred Yage ceremony. And DNA itself is a symbolic Saussurean code.


As you can see, there are a lot of positive things about this book!

The Cosmic Serpent

As an apprentice ayahuasquero myself, who has studied exclusively on my own in the West, I think that there is a lot more to the DNA link than meets the eye. You won’t be disappointed. Intelligence comes from the Latin inter-legere, to choose between. Published April 5th by TarcherPerigee first published I read on, however, and the novel t I eagerly anticipated this book as I had heard it mentioned as a classic on Ayahuasca and as a good reference point in a number of other books and Ayahuasca and shamanism.

Narby’s work could be commended simply for his approach.

As the plot thickens, he serrpent that the shamans are perceiving reality at a sub-molecular level, and research carries him beyond his field into the realm of biology. I didn’t actually finish this.

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

How has living in the Amazon and studying the shamans affected you? This Great point about modern science: I read on, however, and the novel turned into a page-turning thriller. Karl Blossfeldt was an attentive observers of nature, a teacher of contemplation.

I loved how he talked about thespecies of plants in the Western Amazon and how the fact that native Amazonians were able to put together the right three plants out of theseto create a substance now called in pharmacology curare.

The style of writing bothered me more than anything else. Books by Jeremy Narby. If you like first-hand accounts of hallucinations in the S. The fifth-world project supports western scientists working with indigenous experts as equals, collaborating between different knowledge systems. He would have liked to see that aspect of it termed “mystery DNA” as that would admit the truth of it: By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.


Narby’s contribution is to make a bridge between the two ways of knowing. Aug 10, Kent Winward rated it liked it. After spending some time with the Indians of Peru as an anthropologist he goes back The book has a promising start but it goes downhill from there.

My answer is speculative. Nor does he rely except but for a fraction of the book on his own experience with Ayahuasca, which is very limited, and one of the few things that I would have liked to see differently in the book. These people choose a life away from the cities, willing to abandon lifestyles based on performance, efficiency and consumption.

Penguin paperback cover, showing symbolic correspondence between an image of a snake and DNA. He draws connections between their experiences with Ayahuasca and similar themes that appear in cultures all over the world.

Serpent’s tale

Scientists chalk this up to “random” luck, even 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.

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. I think we should attend to the words we use. This is the first audiobook where I want to keep a review short because I don’t want to post spoilers.