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Cosmic Serpent: DNA and the Origins of Knowledge (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 7. Oktober 1999


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  • Taschenbuch: 272 Seiten
  • Verlag: Phoenix House; Auflage: New Ed (7. Oktober 1999)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 075380851X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0753808511
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 13 x 2 x 19,8 cm
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Whilst living amongst Peruvian Indians, anthropologist Jeremy Narby learned of their phenomenal knowledge of plants and biochemical interactions, gained under the influence of the hallucinogen ayahuasca. 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.

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Jeremy Narby studied history at the University of Canterbury and received a Ph.D. in anthropology from Stanford University. 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.

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3 von 3 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich Von rareoopdvds am 11. März 2000
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I thoroughly enjoyed this book, and found the writing easy to get along with as its written in narrative form that. Anthropologist Jeremy Narby steps off the plane and into Amazonian country. Here he tries the commonplace hallucinagenic ayahuasca. This plant gives Narby incredible insight into the human soul, body and nature of life. The author then gives his experience in as much detail as he could remember, then passing along the rest of his trip with conversations and whatnot. From here, he sets out to write his book. Although the author does sort of jump to conclusions that the double serpents he sees all over ancient mythology is the double helix of DNA (i.e. the medical symbol caduceus). Although in some cases I tend to agree with his point of view, and I find much of the ancient symbols of the past to correlate strongly with our modern psychology, mathematical sciences and biology. However, in his search, he does not let go of the idea, which may or not not help his cause. The book would have received 5 stars, if he stayed on top of his subject. He began with hallucinagenics in the Amazon, then to DNA, then neurology and smoking ingredients. He writes humbly knowing what he believes wont be taken to heart very lightly. There are no answers in this book, however many questions, pertinent questions no less, which makes this such a valuble and enjoyable book. Definately reccomended. Fans of Joseph Campbell may really enjoy this one.
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2 von 2 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich Von lschoff@ibm.net am 8. Juli 1999
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Before stating my strong criticisms of Jeremy Narby's book, I would like to salute him for his original intentions of preserving indiginous habitat, his courage, and his enthusiasm.
Dr Narby developed a theory that Ayahuasqueros were actually seeing DNA in their hallucinations, DNA emits electromagnetic radiation in the visual spectrum, and that life on earth is of extraterestial origin. The latter two parts of the theory are poorly documented and don't generally follow the sequence of his arguement. The former (DNA visions) could have been stated in a 2-3 page essay. Also Dr Narby seems to have started with his theroy and then sought corroboration within the world of science; thereby superficially skimming relavant data and ignoring all the rest. For example his exploration of the tree of life, the axis mundi, and the snake/dragon images ignores the world of analytical psychiatry, the collective unconscious, and the multifaceted cross cultural mythological scholarship such as in the work of Joseph Campbell (only briefly alluded to in the text). Also, I believe that Dr. Narby underestimates the power of set and setting in the type of drug/plant experience derived.
My major disatisfaction with the text is that the "science" supporting his arguements is sort of tripped over in Dr. Narby's explorations, and not soundly appreciated as a foundation of serious inquirey. His sources for many important insights can be a conversation with a friend who happens to have a credential, or lesser known and obscure references.
Not enough time is spent on the Ayahuasca side of the equation, and the nature of this experience.
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1 von 1 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich Von Ein Kunde am 9. Juni 1998
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Narby is right to seize on the fact that certain hallucinogenic concoctions seem so complex in their preparation that it must be impossible that they were the product of trial and error. But he's silly to think that the common occurence of serpentine imagery/symbols in various mythologies should be seen as DNA. It seems much more probable that the serpent as a symbol of life giving reoccurs because of its phallic resemblance--a possibility that Narby seems to completely ignore.
I am glad that someone decided to look more closely at the mystery of how indigenous peoples have some complex knowledge of plant use, preparation and interaction. But Narby, whose knowledge of genetics and DNA is very spotty, is far too attracted to his DNA hypothesis. Readers who want a more scientifically-grounded look at hallucinogens and Amazon-river basin cultures should read Wade Davis's great ONE RIVER. Davis isn't asking the same sorts of questions that Narby is, but there is some overlap, and Davis is a much better scientist, thinker and writer.
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1 von 1 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich Von Zane Ivy am 21. Februar 2000
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Very interesting book. Anthropologists tend to project their own world views on the people they "observe." This book, which is basically a "story" - demonstrates how one Anthropologist, through his experiences in South America, has his own LAE (life altering experience) which enables him to examine his OWN culture...and its assumptions/metaphors. As a "Native" person, who went through the "mainstream" education system and wrestled with the hubris and fragmentation (let's disect everything!)...it was a pleasant breath of four winds' air to see him face up to his own field's shortcomings. I recommend the book.
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1 von 1 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich Von Richard Redmond am 24. November 1999
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I love to read books that move outside the flow of conventional thought; books that excite the imagination. Narby's passion for his subject is evident; you can almost hear him go Aha! at points in the narrative. Whether you end up agreeing or disagreeing with his remarkable conclusions, you are guaranteed to re-examine some of the most basic concepts that underlie the methods of Western science, and the conclusions those methods inescapably, and perhaps not always correctly, lead to.
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