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The Cosmic Serpent Audiobook

The Cosmic Serpent: DNA and the Origins of Knowledge

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Publisher's Summary

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

What the Critics Say

"[A]n intriguing detective story, wondrous visions and a wealth of fascinating information on genetic science, shamanism, etc...." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Diana 11-03-16
    Diana 11-03-16 Member Since 2013

    Practicing Idealist, Dabbling Realist ;)

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    "a light bulb moment of The Big Picture"

    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.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Jim Neely 04-11-16
    Jim Neely 04-11-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Interesting ideas"

    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).

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    asdf 09-30-16
    asdf 09-30-16
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    "Wow. A beautiful take on universal consciousness"

    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!

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    BearheartRaven 10-15-16 Member Since 2015
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    "A fascinating hypothesis"

    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.

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    Amazon Customer USA 08-31-16
    Amazon Customer USA 08-31-16
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    "Very interesting thoughts on the origins of DNA"

    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.

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    Adrian Czmielewski 04-13-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Eye opening book for an alternative world view"

    Many times in the modern age man is led to believe his society's common knowledge as absolute truth. This book shows the alternative view of the universe, and of ourselves, through the eyes of the shamans. Provided is evidence linking ancient knowledge to modern day science. As unbelievable as it sounds, many parallels exist, which are logically and scientifically accounted for in Narby's book. I would definitely recommend this book to challenge yourself to see just how open your mind is to alternative world views. In the process you might find some reconciliation between the two.

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    Bryce Kampwerth 03-21-17 Member Since 2016
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    "must read"

    I recommend having a notebook handy, you're going to have some amazing epiphanies. the way I see the world has immensely changed

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    A. Baldwin Victoria, BC, Canada 11-23-16
    A. Baldwin Victoria, BC, Canada 11-23-16 Member Since 2017
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    "an absolute must"

    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).

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    Dennis Lewis 04-27-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Great book!"

    It was a good choice to write this work as a narrative of self discovery. It best illustrates the convergence of science and ancient wisdom.

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    Jordon 04-24-17
    Jordon 04-24-17 Member Since 2015
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    "What a let up!"
    What made the experience of listening to The Cosmic Serpent the most enjoyable?

    The content. I sought this book out on audible when I first came across it at my local bookstore. So I knew what I was getting into, the content lived up to my expectations and so I was most pleased with that.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Jeremy Narby I guess. There were other characters in the book, but obviously as the reader/listener you spent the most time following Narby's narrative. And because I have similar ideas to him, I naturally liked him the best.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Jeremy's discription of his meeting with mother Ayahuasca


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    I mean it would likely be a documentary if anything, so probably something along the lines of "The sacred archive of knowledge" or something like that. I don't know, I spent three seconds thinking of that.


    Any additional comments?

    I say "Let up" because it's the opposite of a let down, ya know? I wanted to listen to this book after listening to Graham Hancock's "Supernatural" and not only do the two books go very well together, but this book in and of itself lived up to my expectation of it. It was a fantastic experience.

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