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By Jeremy Narby

This event in technology and mind's eye, which the Medical Tribune stated may well bring in "a Copernican revolution for the lifestyles sciences," leads the reader via unexplored jungles and uncharted facets of brain to the guts of knowledge.In a first-person narrative of medical discovery that opens new views on biology, anthropology, and the bounds of rationalism, The Cosmic Serpent unearths how startlingly diversified the area round us appears to be like once we open our minds to it.

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For estimates in regards to the present variety of species, see Wilson (1990, p. four, “most biologists agree that the particular quantity is at the very least three million and will simply be 30 million or more”) and Pollack (1994, p. a hundred and seventy, “five million to fifty million”). Wilson (1992, p. 346) additionally writes: “Even although a few 1. four million species of organisms were came upon (in the minimum feel of getting specimens accrued and formal medical names attached), the complete quantity alive in the world is someplace among 10 and a hundred million. ” eleven Wills (1991, p. 36). concerning the direct commentary of DNA’s propensity to wriggle (“like small snakes slithering via mud”), see Lipkin (1994, p. 293). Dubochet (1993) writes: “It isn't the enzyme that rotates alongside the DNA helix in the course of transcription, however the DNA that rotates on itself, whereas relocating like a supercoiled conveyor belt” (p. 2). 12 concerning the “paradoxical passage,” see Eliade (1964, p. 486). in regards to the serpent-dragon guarding the axis, see Eliade (1949, pp. 250-251), Chevalier and Gheerbrant (1982, p. 385), and Roe (1982, p. 118). thirteen to explain DNA’s shape, Pollack (1994, p. 22) talks of “twisted vines”; Calladine and Drew (1992, pp. 24, forty two, 123) of a “highly twisted ladder,” a “spiral staircase,” and a “snake”; Blocker and Salem (1994, p. 60) of a “spiral staircase”; Stocco (1994, p. 37) of a “ladder”; Frank-Kamenetskii (1993, p. 14) of a “rope ladder. ” The quote within the textual content (“like lianas”) is from Frank-Kamenetskii (1993, p. 92). concerning the genetic nature of melanoma, and the hot advances in clinical knowing of the phenomenon, see Sankarapandi (1994) and Jones (1993). 14 The quote is from Weiss (1969, p. 302). He additionally writes: “The Sky-Rope motif, which we now have already encountered one of the Campas and Machiguengas, and which we now locate current one of the Piros, seems to be fairly frequent one of the Tropical woodland tribes. it's pronounced, in a single shape or one other, for the Cashinahua, the Marinahua, the Jívaro, the Canelo, the Quijo, the Yagua, the Witoto, many of the Cuiana tribes (the Korobohana, Taulipang and Warrau), the Bacairi, the Umotina, the Bororo, the Mosetene, and the Tiatinagua; it's also suggested for the Lengua, Mataco, Toba, and Vilela of the Chaco region.... in actual fact comparable to the concept that of the Sky-Rope is that of the Sky-Ladder, said for the Conibo, the Tucuna and the Shipaya, and that of the Sky-Tree, suggested for the Sherente, the Cariri, the Chamacoco, the Mataco, the Mocoví, and the Toba—in each one case comprehended as having as soon as hooked up Earth with Sky. The distribution of this motif may be prolonged even additional if we care to acknowledge as similar the belief of a series of arrows to the sky, suggested for the Conibo, the Shipibo, the Jívaro, the Waiwai, the Tupinamba, the Chiriguano, the Guarayú, the Cumana, and the Mataco” (p. 470). Weiss additionally notes: “Of specific curiosity is the Taulipang identity of the Sky-Rope with an identical primarily stepped vine as that which the current author’s Campa informants mentioned as their very own inkíteca” (p.

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