The Cosmic Serpent: DNA and the Origins of Knowledge (Paperback)
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Short Description for The Cosmic Serpent First published in 1998, this is an adventure in science and imagination. Narby researched the Peruvian Indians' claim that their phenomenal knowledge of plants and biochemical interactions was communicated to them directly whilst under the influence of the plant-derived hallucinogen and concludes that those claims are literally true.
- Published: 07 October 1999
- Format: Paperback 272 pages
- ISBN 13: 9780753808511 ISBN 10: 075380851X
- Sales rank: 30,303
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Full description for The Cosmic Serpent
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.