Since then his name keeps reappearing and everytime I follow the trace I deeply resonate with what I find. I really hope for a new generation of anthropologists of his kind. The topic is absolutely fascinating: Peruvian shamans may be able to access information at the molecular level through the ingestion of Ayahuasca. For some such a claim might sound very far-fetched. But the archetype of the serpent is ever present in the Ayahuasca realm and to me all of this sounds almost obvious. I can totally imagine an experienced shaman retrieving information from DNA strands of a plant or a human being.

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Harry Potter. Popular Features. Home Learning. The Cosmic Serpent. Description 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. For two years he lived with the Ashaninca Indians in the Peruvian Amazon, studying their methods of using the forest's resources.

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The Cosmic Serpent: DNA and the Origins of Knowledge

Question: who "discovered" DNA? Well, not exactly. They popularised the discovery for the west, describing the essence of life as twin snakes, or the snaking ladder of the double helix. But were they the first?

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