The Cosmic Serpent
|The Cosmic Serpent: DNA and the Origins of Knowledge|
Penguin paperback cover, showing symbolic correspondence between an image of a snake and DNA
|Original title||Le serpent cosmique, l'ADN et les origines du savoir|
|Published in English||1998|
|Media type||Print (book)|
|Followed by||Intelligence in Nature|
The Cosmic Serpent: DNA and the Origins of Knowledge is a 1998 non-fiction book by Jeremy Narby. Narby performed two years of field work in the Pichis Valley of the Peruvian Amazon researching the ecology of the Asháninka, an indigenous peoples in Peru.
Investigating the connections between shamanism and molecular biology, Narby hypothesizes that shamans may be able to access information at the molecular level through the ingestion of entheogens, specifically ayahuasca. Biophysicist Jacques Dubochet criticized Narby for not testing his hypothesis. Narby and three molecular biologists revisited the Peruvian Amazon to try to test the hypothesis, and their work is featured in the documentary film, Night of the Liana.
Further reading 
- Posner, Michael. (Jul/Aug 2006). "Plants with Soul". The Walrus. Summer Reading Issue.
- Shanon, Benny. (2002). Antipodes of the Mind: Charting the Phenomenology of the Ayahuasca Experience. Oxford University Press. ISBN 0-19-925292-0
- Stewart, Todd. "The Cosmic Serpent: An interview with Jeremy Narby". Ascent Magazine. 3: Body as a Spiritual Tool.
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