The Cosmic Serpent: DNA and the Origins of Knowledge (Paperback)

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Against astronomical odds, Indigenous people living in the Peruvian rainforest know how to combine specific plant species, out of an uncounted array, to produce medicine. They averred that the plants themselves told them how, in dreams. Anthropologists dismissed them—until this author took them at their word, beginning an intellectually honest attempt to hybridize one view of the world with another long ignored.

— From Garrett


"A Copernican revolution for the life sciences."—Medical Tribune

Unlock the mysteries of biology, anthropology, and ancient civilizations in this thought-provoking read where science and spirituality intersect.

Through Jeremy Narby′s travels and research in the Amazon, he discovered that shamans were able to use hallucinogens to tap into knowledge and insights that rival our discoveries using modern scientific methods, particularly with regards to DNA and molecular biology. Drawing on visionary experiences, indigenous knowledge, and pharmacology, Narby challenges conventional understanding, unraveling the connections between consciousness, serpent symbolism, and the origins of life itself. This enlightening book blends science, anthropology, and mysticism into a captivating narrative that will expand your mind.

About the Author

Jeremy Narby, Ph.D. is the author of The Cosmic Serpent: DNA and the Origins of Knowledge. He lives in Switzerland.

Product Details
ISBN: 9780874779646
ISBN-10: 0874779642
Publisher: TarcherPerigee
Publication Date: April 5th, 1999
Pages: 272
Language: English