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.
©1998 Jeremy Narby (P)2016 Tantor
"[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).
Practicing Idealist, Dabbling Realist ;)
I'm going to buy this book in hard copy format too so I can reference it. It's along the line of other books that interest me in the area of Who Are We? What? Why? Where? When? exploration and books about Consciousness.
A similar book (busting out from materialism,) even heavier on the biology/science that I am listening to (have to take breaks from it since it is too heavy on medical, chemical, anatomical and biological references) is the audio book titled Science and Reincarnation. It is not as easy-listening as The Cosmic Serpent, which is nicely framed as an autobiographical discovery and has some excitement threading through it.
Other authors that may interest "left-brainers" who are dipping into Consciousness or Spirituality are books by Bruce Lipton, Candace Pert, Graham Hancock, Rick Straussman, Rupert Sheldrake, Robert Monroe, and Tom Campbell (virtual reality). And Michael Newton, Brian Weiss, William Buhlman . . .
Loved this book - hope Jeremy Narby's other books will also become available in audio book format.
I'm not sure what led me to discover explore this particular book. I am happy that I did. As a person who is going through shamanic classes and has also been teaching biology at the college level I found this hypothesis and the autobiographical method used to illuminate this scientist development of their hypothesis thoroughly enjoy bowl and deserving additional questions and research on my own.
Inspiring. Creative. Provides a glimpse of the universal consciousness through a beautifully unique lens. His realization of the feed back loop between DNA and Consciousness and his logical progression to describe it is truly inspiring and genius. Carl Jung would be proud! His comparison between manifested symbols between distant cultures inspires wonder and is a fun anthropological journey. The presumption that we are essentially swimming in the micro-bio soup of our cells during deep meditations and hallucinations is ..strange.. but the analogues are baffling. Beautifully done. I will explore the phenomenon further through ayahuasca meditations. Thank you Jeremy!
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.
Interesting book, although one I probably could have passed up.
He raises some good question and points. However, his ending "hypothesis" is based on his own conjecture. It starts out really cool, then he comes up with a few interesting question. You're hoping it will go down an enlightening path. But, by about halfway through, the book it feels almost occult-esq.
That's why I'm giving it 3 stars. The really thought provoking points are muted by his reaching between information to construct his "hypothesis."
this rabbit hole goes DEEP. it's an incredible synthesis, with many insights about life. it requires an open mind, because it's like when finally someone said that Earth is round (a concept that would have been difficult to grasp when the world was thought to be flat).
I love this book. As someone who is currently on a journey to understand my inner shaman, I found great moments of confirmation that my experiences and theories are connected to others on the same path. I'm already recommending this book to my friends. The author did such a good job of connecting dots to biology and the mystic world of shamanism.
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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