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.
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Instead, what I discovered in reading The Cosmic Serpent totally caught me by surprise.
For that reason—if no other—I plan on getting a physical copy of the book at some point I listened to the Audible version and seeing if I can serpeng up some of the cited research to do a little extra digging of my own.
The book starts off all right. Narby describes his descent into a rabbit-hole like a mystery novel or an adventure flick, so it’s a very edible read.
This book is written by an anthropologist desperately trying to shed anthropologies racist and colonial foundations. Aug 04, Peter Baranovsky rated it did not like it. The Cosmic Serpent, etc. View all 12 comments. This would be a rather bizarre premise except for the fact that Narby is a trained PhD.
If anything I was a little disappointed with the author’s own experiences and felt that he had perhaps misunderstood his visions a little.
The Cosmic Serpent
This is the observation that led me to investigate the cosmic serpent. Great point about modern science: There he encountered Shamans who recounted their experiences with ayahuasca, a hallucinatory drink, which they claim reveals to them the healing properties of jerey forest. When it is challenged it’s fun to watch and ponder. And DNA itself is a symbolic Saussurean code.
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Aug 15, Laura rated it it was amazing. How has living in the Amazon and studying the shamans affected you? But some astronauts did when they set out to explore the final frontier. This cosmicc allows them to select plants and processes that can heal, can discriminate between specific uses, with no trial and error experimentation.
Alex Jones for people with graduate degrees. So, yes, in at least one important way, the living world is inherently symbolic. Ayahuasca, by the way, also grows in a sfrpent shape. I was very annoyed by this book.
Narby seems to realize as much as anyone that coincidences do not a medical revolution make, but he hopes his ideas inspire deeper scientific investigations. His experiences with the substance, and his talks with others in the community about their experiences, were a major source of many of the speculations found in the latter part of the serpebt.
I loved how he talked about thespecies of plants in the Western Amazon and how the fact that native Cosnic were able to put together the right three plants out of theseto create a substance now called in pharmacology curare. Anyways, still worth a read though.
Oct 30, Jenny rated it liked it Shelves: Second, he pulls together a truly impressive litany of research into the creation myths of indigenous peoples around the world.
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.
The Cosmic Serpent is a wonderful read! DNA is very similar visually to the intertwined serpents. Jan 31, Maze Martinez rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: Contains 40 pages worth of interesting things to say.
Those he was studying believe that the serpent is the ultimate life principal. 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.
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. It was clear that Narby had done a great deal of research on his hypothesis.
Jan 09, Nicolas Shump rated it it was amazing. This is the first audiobook where I want to keep a review short because I don’t want to post spoilers. The mythological twinned serpents are also connected to knowledge itself. I think the book highlights, not how much we know of science, but how little we know of ancient shamanism.
I find that Narby makes a compelling case for the unity or at least the synthesis of 20th century biology, DNA, and the indigenous knowledge and visions of these South American shamans. Admittedly, I was on the lookout for anything unusual, as my investigation had led me to consider that DNA and its cellular machinery truly were an extremely sophisticated technology of cosmic origin. Narby grew up in Canada and Switzerland, studied history at the University of Canterbury, and received a doctorate in anthropology from Stanford University.
Trained as an anthropologist, Narby spends two years in Peruvian amazon observing shamanic rituals in particular use of hallucinogens also experiments with them himself.
Let me throw a bunch of huge numbers at you! In a first-person narrative of scientific discovery that opens new perspectives on biology, anthropology, and the limits of rationalism, The Cosmic Serpent reveals how startlingly different the world around us appears when we open our minds to it.
The cosmic serpent was entertaining while it was informative. It is a tremendously important book. The same three thoughts trotted out again and cosmjc.