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Despite his initial scepticism, Narby found himself engaged in an increasingly obsessive quest. He researched cutting-edge scholarship in subjects as diverse as molecular biology, shamanism, neurology and mythology, which led him inexorably to the conclusion that the Indians' claims were literally true: to a consciousness prepared with drugs, biochemical knowledge could indeed be transmitted, through DNA itself.
For two years he lived with the Ashaninca Indians in the Peruvian Amazon, studying their methods of using the forest's resources. He lives in switzerland with his wife and children. Rating details. Book ratings by Goodreads. Goodreads is the world's largest site for readers with over 50 million reviews. We're featuring millions of their reader ratings on our book pages to help you find your new favourite book.
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The Cosmic Serpent: DNA and the Origins of Knowledge
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. 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. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Book by Jeremy Narby. Intelligence in Nature.
The Cosmic Serpent
Since then his name keeps reappearing and everytime I follow the trace I deeply resonate with what I find. I really hope for a new generation of anthropologists of his kind. The topic is absolutely fascinating: Peruvian shamans may be able to access information at the molecular level through the ingestion of Ayahuasca. For some such a claim might sound very far-fetched. But the archetype of the serpent is ever present in the Ayahuasca realm and to me all of this sounds almost obvious. I can totally imagine an experienced shaman retrieving information from DNA strands of a plant or a human being. The rational approach start from the idea that everything is explainable and that mystery is in some sense the enemy.