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The Cosmic Serpent von [Narby, Jeremy]
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This adventure in science and imagination, which the Medical Tribune said might herald "a Copernican revolution for the life sciences," leads the reader 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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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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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 2092 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 276 Seiten
  • Verlag: TarcherPerigee; Auflage: Reprint (5. April 1999)
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ASIN: B0049MPVJ0
  • Text-to-Speech (Vorlesemodus): Aktiviert
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  • Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 4.0 von 5 Sternen 21 Kundenrezensionen
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and will recommend it to my friends. Its bringing science and shamanism together in such a respectful, open mindet way. Im hoping that in 50 years this way of thinking will be normal in science. He is suggesting that currently scientists are positioning themselves very often on a superior position, for example assuming that shamans are just children living a phantasy, not taking them serious. assuming that life has been created by pure chance, instead of being open to not exclusively materialistic theories. (And not realizing that this bias of pure materialnes is not very scientific either.) One example, so that you know what im taking about: the author is stating that calling the parts of DNA which do not contain codes, but just long repetitions "Junk DNA" instead of "mystery DNA" is implementing the arrogance of some scientists. Just because we dont know what these parts of the DNA chains are good for, we obviously cant just say that its junk without being uncientific.
I found the book easy and compelling to read. Very informative, hopefully both for hardcore scientists who think that the spiritual world is all phantasy, as for hardcore hippies, who think that science is useless in answering any of the big questions of life. (Im rather one of the later ones and looking forward to hear what my super science atheist friends will say about this book) Another reason I enjoyed reading it so much is that its written autobiographically by a person who I feel is a nice person. (without knowing him) Jeremy Narby is not writing a pure scientific report, but also telling us the story behind the science, how he felt, how he found things out. Instead of trying to create a pseudo objective text he is telling us a story which is hopefully helping in making us realize that all living beings are connected.
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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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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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Schamanismus und Molekularbiologie sind näher zu einander, als man denkt. Ich freue mich, dass mehr Menschen die Brücken schlagen zwischen Wissenschaft und Spiritualität, und nicht als Gegensätze betrachten. Gut geschriebenes Buch, sehr empfehlenswert.
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