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Cosmic Serpent: DNA and the Origins of Knowledge Illustrated Edition
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About the Author
- Item Weight : 8.5 ounces
- Paperback : 272 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0874779642
- ISBN-13 : 978-0874779646
- Dimensions : 5.49 x 0.75 x 7.98 inches
- Publisher : Jeremy P. Tarcher/Putnam; Illustrated edition (January 1, 1999)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #32,359 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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As he says; "My approach in this book starts from the idea that it is of utmost importance to respect the faith of others, no matter how strange, whether it is shamans who believe plants communicate or biologists who believe nature is inanimate." (p.145)
The hypothesis he comes up with, simultaneously far out and down to earth, is that the knowledge of shamanic experience is coming directly from DNA - that mysterious intersection of psyche and substance (spirit and sense) at the root of all Life. The implications of this intuitive and logical perspective are expansive, and ultimately are based in a vision of Life being a consciously driven (i.e. intentional) phenomena.
Much of what he says is a direct critique of science (and the blinders inherent to its Western form), and he obviously gives more respect and credence to the methodologies and conclusions of the Amazonian shamans than science is willing and able to. But he also is no naive new-age enthusiast. Again, Narby perceptively comments, "To my mind, a truly hallucinatory session is more like a controlled nightmare than a form of recreation and demands know-how, discipline, and courage." (p.148)
Here's to the hope that this know-how, discipline and courage stays vibrant and alive amongst the Amazonian shamans.
The only improvement I can imagine is to see him do an updated edition to incorporate what has been learned both in biology and anthropology, as well as what Mr. Narby has continued to learn in the last 15+ years.
Edit 12/19: Since reading this book, I have done 30 ayahuasca ceremonies in Peru. This is still my go-to recommendation for anyone interested in starting their journey, or simply curious about ayahuasca. I have reread it twice.
Frederic in Williamsburg
If there is any complaint, it's that the book is too short, but ultimately Narby's work here is simply the formulation of a hypothesis for further investigation and discovery.
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Something like this must be true, in as much as (many) animals seem to instinctively know poisons (shame this mechanism does not save us from sugar!) and our ancestors did appear to have strange knowledge without our modern scientific method.
Having partaken in similar mind altering experiments myself, a lot of this strongly resonated. However I am also aware that drug induced visions also can lead to delusions of epic scale.
The biggest problem in this book is that science is no where near proving the photons properties in consciousness. So while Jeremy Narby’s observations seem spot on, his explanation of how this might be possible seem slightly implausible. Especially if such arguments are used to counter Darwinism.
To my mind there is little doubt that consciousness is the fundamental element of physical reality. But all my proofs are subjective - like others I see Quantum physics and new scientific perspectives as allowing for such a view. But the mechanism remains allusive.
I recommend this book to open minded readers. If you dont like Rupert Sheldrake, or get cognitive dissonance when reading anything blending science and the mystical, this book is not for you. Or rather, if you want to laugh at how silly mystic perspectives can be, read Michael Hayes book instead.