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
Author Jeremy Narby
Original title Le serpent cosmique, l'ADN et les origines du savoir
Language French
Publisher Georg
Publication date
Published in English
Media type Print
Pages 257
ISBN 2-8257-0495-4
OCLC 34122475
Followed by Intelligence in Nature

The Cosmic Serpent: DNA and the Origins of Knowledge is a 1998 non-fiction book by anthropologist Dr. 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.[1] Biophysicist Jacques Dubochet criticized Narby for not testing his hypothesis.[1]


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]

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  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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