Jeremy Narby relates his discovery that Peruvian Indians, among whom he lived for two years, hold a phenomenal knowledge of plants and biochemistry, and how they acquired this knowledge. Available for the first time in ebook.
A gripping investigation that opens fresh perspectives on biology and anthropology
'At the cutting edge of contemporary thought' GUARDIAN
'A thoroughly enjoyable read' SUNDAY TELEGRAPH
While living among Peruvian Indians, anthropologist Jeremy Narby became intrigued by their claim that their phenomenal knowledge of plants and biochemistry was communicated to them directly while under the influence of hallucinogens.
Despite his initial scepticism, Narby found himself engaged in an increasingly obsessive personal quest. The evidence he collected - on subjects as diverse as molecular biology, shamanism, neurology and ancient mythology - led inexorably to the conclusion that the Indians' claims were literally true: to a consciousness prepared with drugs, specific biochemical knowledge could indeed be directly transmitted through DNA itself.
A gripping investigation that opens fresh perspectives on biology, anthropology and the limits of rationalism, The Cosmic Serpent is new science of the most exhilarating kind.
A thoroughly enjoyable read - Sunday Telegraph
Books such as Narby's are at the cutting edge of contemporary thought . . . [The Cosmic Serpent] ought to be something of an intellectual cause celebre - Guardian
Highly enjoyable, convincing and well illustrated - Times Literary Supplement