The Cosmic Serpent

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The Cosmic Serpent: DNA and the Origins of Knowledge
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Penguin paperback cover, showing symbolic correspondence between an image of a snake and DNA
AuthorJeremy Narby
Original titleLe serpent cosmique, l'ADN et les origines du savoir
LanguageFrench
PublisherGeorg
Publication date
1998
Published in English
1998
Media typePrint
Pages257
ISBN2-8257-0495-4
OCLC34122475
Followed byIntelligence in Nature

The Cosmic Serpent: DNA and the Origins of Knowledge is a 1998 non-fiction book by anthropologist Dr. Jeremy Narby.

Research[edit]

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.

Hypothesis[edit]

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.[1] Biophysicist Jacques Dubochet criticized Narby for not testing his hypothesis.[1]

Documentary[edit]

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.[2]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Narby, Jeremy (2006). Intelligence in Nature. Penguin. pp. 1–2, 149–150. ISBN 1-58542-399-8.
  2. ^ Grant, John (2006). Discarded Science. Sterling Publishing. pp. 285–286. ISBN 1-904332-49-8.

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