The Cosmic Serpent : DNA and the Origins of Knowledge, Paperback

The Cosmic Serpent : DNA and the Origins of Knowledge Paperback

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Whilst living amongst Peruvian Indians, anthropologist Jeremy Narby learned of their phenomenal knowledge of plants and biochemical interactions, gained under the influence of the hallucinogen ayahuasca.

Despite his initial scepticism, Narby found himself engaged in an increasingly obsessive quest.

He researched cutting-edge scholarship in subjects as diverse as molecular biology, shamanism, neurology and mythology, which led him inexorably to the conclusion that the Indians' claims were literally true: to a consciousness prepared with drugs, biochemical knowledge could indeed be transmitted, through DNA itself.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 272 pages, b&w line drawings
  • Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Drug-induced states
  • ISBN: 9780753808511



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Well researched, excellent synthesis of the shamanic and the scientific. Frustrating that he refuses to offer his personal perspective on the books central question "What is the origin of the DNA molecule?" Although he suggests that it did not spontainiously arise as the result of natural processes on earth.

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