This adventure in science and imagination, which the Medical Tribune said might herald "a Copernican revolution for the life sciences", leads the listener through unexplored jungles and uncharted aspects of mind to the heart of knowledge. In a first-person narrative of scientific discovery that opens new perspectives on biology, anthropology, and the limits of rationalism, The Cosmic Serpent reveals how startlingly different the world around us appears when we open our minds to it.
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"[A]n intriguing detective story, wondrous visions and a wealth of fascinating information on genetic science, shamanism, etc...." (Publishers Weekly)
Well presented, if radical, theory. Presented for a non-scientist to follow, but makes some leaps in logic. A good companion to Behe's Inside Darwin's Black Box (on intelligent design).
Incredible insights here. I grabbed this to find out more about Ayahuasca, and while there isn't nearly as much about that in the book as information on DNA, I was not disappointed. Without a solid foundation of microbiology or any kind of general science knowledge, this can be a bit tricky to comprehend without rewinding a lot towards the second half. It definitely demands multiple listens to pick up on everything but is not dry or boring. Highly recommended.
Narrator was fine.
I was intrigued by the story of the anthropologist going on the hallucinogenic journey with the culture he was studying. But then he makes wild leaps as to the connections between these visions and the structure of DNA and the nature of consciousness. Woah, hey wow man. It also ends up advocating Intelligent Design and attempts to critique scientific method based on intoxicated visions where he thinks he's come up with a unified theory of biology and consciousness.
Woo woo. Dawkins would have a field day.
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