The Cosmic Serpent

ebook / ISBN-13: 9781474603768

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Genre: Mathematics & Science

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‘Cutting edge’ – GUARDIAN

‘Thoroughly enjoyable’ – SUNDAY TELEGRAPH

While living among Peruvian Indians, anthropologist Jeremy Narby became intrigued by their claim that their phenomenal knowledge of plants and biochemistry was communicated to them directly while under the influence of hallucinogens.

Despite his initial scepticism, Narby found himself engaged in an increasingly obsessive personal quest. The evidence he collected – on subjects as diverse as molecular biology, shamanism, neurology and ancient mythology – led inexorably to the conclusion that the Indians’ claims were literally true: to a consciousness prepared with drugs, specific biochemical knowledge could indeed be directly transmitted through DNA itself.

A gripping investigation that opens fresh perspectives on biology, anthropology and the limits of rationalism, The Cosmic Serpent is new science of the most exhilarating kind.


Books such as Narby's are at the cutting edge of contemporary thought . . . [The Cosmic Serpent] ought to be something of an intellectual cause celebre
Highly enjoyable, convincing and well illustrated
A thoroughly enjoyable read
An intriguing detective story, wondrous visions and a wealth of fascinating information on genetic science, shamanism, etc., and he also offers some valuable thoughts on the parochial smallness of official science, but, overall, his book's greatest value, perhaps, is as a case study in the excesses of scholarship gone astray
A Copernican revolution for the life sciences