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The author is quite brave to make some gutsy and creative claims but in my humble opinion he committed two cognitive fallacies in the elaboration of his theory: I didn’t actually finish this. The rational approach start from the idea that everything is explainable and that mystery is in some sense the enemy.

As the book moved towards the DNA link with Ayahuasca I was at first sceptical but the author wrote in a convincing manner and I felt that the extremely distant link was well-pointed out and certainly a possibility though I can see the scientists more easily dismissing ‘The Cosmic Serpent’ than perhaps the ancient medicine men who I would imagine would be more open-minded.

His esrpent starts with his experience in the Western Amazon basin where he was invited to try powerful hallucinogen called “ayahuasca”. So, yes, in at ueremy one important way, the living world is inherently symbolic.

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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?

It was clear that Narby had done a great deal of research on his hypothesis. In Narby’s case Materialism may be the ultimate winner, but that doesn’t keep it from getting a challenge now and then.


This is often filed under the genre New Age. Open your mind and read on. Narby describes his descent into a rabbit-hole like a mystery novel or an adventure flick, so it’s a very edible read. But this work has taken him tantalizingly close to all these ultimate answers. There seems to be a capacity to make choices operating inside each cell in our body, down to the level of individual proteins and enzymes.

Shamanism is like a reverse camera relative to modern science. As the aperiodic crystal of DNA is shaped like two entwined serpents, two ribbons, a twisted ladder, a cord, or a vine, we see in our trances serpents, ladders, cords, vines, trees, spirals, crystals, and so on.

I could have entertained his ideas if he presented them differently. Penguin paperback cover, showing symbolic correspondence between an image of a snake and DNA.

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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 natby as an idea evolves throughout the author’s investigative effort.

I couldn’t just abandon it, though, because the material seemed so promising–this idea that shamans, through the practice of drinking ayahuasca, are connecting to life’s building blocks. I wrote the book because I felt that certain things needed saying. Is the world inherently symbolic? Investigating the connections between jeemy and molecular biologyNarby hypothesizes that shamans may be able to access information at the molecular level through the ingestion of entheogensspecifically ayahuasca.

Maybe one can find in it more juice if one has already some inkling jeremu 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.

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. Aug 10, Kent Xerpent rated it liked it.


But make sure you’ve got your tinfoil hat ready. I realize this was published two decades ago and the study of biology doesn’t stand still, so evidence used by Narby e.

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 pathway for future anthropologists wishing to truly access the reality of cosimc culture.

Must read it again to remember the book. Views Read Edit View history. Sep 06, Jamie rated it really liked it Shelves: The mythological twinned serpents are also connected to knowledge itself. This leads me to suspect that the cosmic serpent is narcissistic—or, at least, obsessed with its own reproduction, even in imagery. Nor does he rely except but for a fraction of the book on his own experience with Ayahuasca, which seroent very limited, and one of the few things that I would have liked to see differently in the book.

Narby suggests how closely DNA nargy to this description. This book was phenomenally excellent in its scope, pacing and informative research.

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Lilly turned out to be a piece of wisdom that stood the test of time. I like how he tries to find evidentiary support for all of his claims. A strand is only 10 atoms wide but the strands in a single cell would stretch out to serpnet 3 meters 6 feet in length. Humans have a tendency to see what they want to see, to hear what they want to hear and to believe what they want to believe and the author is no different.