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The Psychotropic Mind - The World According to Ayahuasca, Iboga, and Shamanism (Paperback): Jeremy Narby, Jan Kounen, Vincent... The Psychotropic Mind - The World According to Ayahuasca, Iboga, and Shamanism (Paperback)
Jeremy Narby, Jan Kounen, Vincent Ravalec
R400 R326 Discovery Miles 3 260 Save R74 (19%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Conversations on shamanism and mind-altering plants by filmmaker Jan Kounen, anthropologist Jeremy Narby, and writer/filmmaker Vincent Ravalec
- Explores how ayahuasca and iboga are tools for communicating with other life-forms
- Offers insights into the role this indigenous knowledge can play in solving the current problems facing the world
In the Amazon, shamans do not talk in terms of hallucinogens but of tools for communicating with other life-forms. Ayahuasca, for example, is first and foremost a means of breaking down the barrier that separates humans from other species, allowing us to communicate with them. The introduction of plant-centered shamanism into the Western world in the 1970s was literally the meeting of two entirely different paradigms. In "The Psychotropic Mind," three of the individuals who have been at the forefront of embracing other ways of knowing look at the ramifications of the introduction into our Western culture of these shamanic practices and the psychotropic substances that support them.
With rare sincerity and depth, noted anthropologist Jeremy Narby, filmmaker Jan Kounen, and writer/filmmaker Vincent Ravalec explore the questions of sacred plants, initiations, hallucinogens, and altered states of consciousness, looking at both the benefits and dangers that await those who seek to travel this path. Focusing specifically on ayahuasca and iboga, psychotropic substances with which the authors are intimately familiar, they examine how we can best learn the other ways of perceiving the world found in indigenous cultures, and how this knowledge offers immense benefits and likely solutions to some of the modern world's most pressing problems.

The Cosmic Serpent (Paperback, New Ed): Jeremy Narby The Cosmic Serpent (Paperback, New Ed)
Jeremy Narby 1
R257 R214 Discovery Miles 2 140 Save R43 (17%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

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.

Intelligence in Nature - An Inquiry Into Knowledge (Paperback): Jeremy Narby Intelligence in Nature - An Inquiry Into Knowledge (Paperback)
Jeremy Narby
R373 R303 Discovery Miles 3 030 Save R70 (19%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Continuing the journey begun in his acclaimed book "The Cosmic Serpent," the noted anthropologist ventures firsthand into both traditional cultures and the most up-todate discoveries of contemporary science to determine nature's secret ways of knowing.
Anthropologist Jeremy Narby has altered how we understand the Shamanic cultures and traditions that have undergone a worldwide revival in recent years. Now, in one of his most extraordinary journeys, Narby travels the globe-from the Amazon Basin to the Far East-to probe what traditional healers and pioneering researchers understand about the intelligence present in all forms of life.
"Intelligence in Nature" presents overwhelming illustrative evidence that independent intelligence is not unique to humanity alone. Indeed, bacteria, plants, animals, and other forms of nonhuman life display an uncanny penchant for self-deterministic decisions, patterns, and actions.
Narby presents the first in-depth anthropological study of this concept in the West. He not only uncovers a mysterious thread of intelligent behavior within the natural world but also probes the question of what humanity can learn from nature's economy and knowingness in its own search for a saner and more sustainable way of life.

The Cosmic Serpent - DNA and the Origins of Knowledge (Paperback, New edition): Jeremy Narby The Cosmic Serpent - DNA and the Origins of Knowledge (Paperback, New edition)
Jeremy Narby
R397 R322 Discovery Miles 3 220 Save R75 (19%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

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.

Intelligence in Nature - An Inquiry into Knowledge (Standard format, CD, Unabridged edition): Jeremy Narby Intelligence in Nature - An Inquiry into Knowledge (Standard format, CD, Unabridged edition)
Jeremy Narby; Narrated by James Patrick Cronin
R678 R529 Discovery Miles 5 290 Save R149 (22%) Out of stock
Intelligence in Nature - An Inquiry into Knowledge (MP3 format, CD, Unabridged edition): Jeremy Narby Intelligence in Nature - An Inquiry into Knowledge (MP3 format, CD, Unabridged edition)
Jeremy Narby; Narrated by James Patrick Cronin
R451 R362 Discovery Miles 3 620 Save R89 (20%) Out of stock
The Cosmic Serpent - DNA and the Origins of Knowledge (Standard format, CD, Unabridged edition): Jeremy Narby The Cosmic Serpent - DNA and the Origins of Knowledge (Standard format, CD, Unabridged edition)
Jeremy Narby; Narrated by James Patrick Cronin
R853 R655 Discovery Miles 6 550 Save R198 (23%) Out of stock
The Cosmic Serpent - DNA and the Origins of Knowledge (MP3 format, CD, Unabridged edition): Jeremy Narby The Cosmic Serpent - DNA and the Origins of Knowledge (MP3 format, CD, Unabridged edition)
Jeremy Narby; Narrated by James Patrick Cronin
R561 R443 Discovery Miles 4 430 Save R118 (21%) Out of stock
The Cosmic Serpent - DNA and the Origins of Knowledge (Hardcover): Jeremy Narby The Cosmic Serpent - DNA and the Origins of Knowledge (Hardcover)
Jeremy Narby
R326 R261 Discovery Miles 2 610 Save R65 (20%) Out of stock

This is an adventure in science and imagination which tracks a young French anthropologist through the Amazonian rain forests, the libraries of Europe and the world's most arcane scientific journals, following strange clues, intuitions and extraordinary coincidences, to reveal scientific data.;The beginning of Narby's exploration lay with the Peruvian Indians, who claim that their knowledge of chemistry has its origins in plant-induced hallucinations. He also demonstrates that indigenous and ancient peoples have known for millennia, and have even drawn, the double-helix structure, something conventional science discovered only in 1953. The book opens new perspectives on biology, anthropology and the limits of rationalism.

Shamans Through Time - 500 Years on the Path to Knowledge (Paperback): Jeremy Narby Shamans Through Time - 500 Years on the Path to Knowledge (Paperback)
Jeremy Narby
R405 R380 Discovery Miles 3 800 Save R25 (6%) Out of stock

A survey of five centuries of writings on the world's great shamans-the tricksters, sorcerers, conjurers, and healers who have fascinated observers for centuries.
This collection of essays traces Western civilization's struggle to interpret and understand the ancient knowledge of cultures that revere magic men and women-individuals with the power to summon spirits. As written by priests, explorers, adventurers, natural historians, and anthropologists, the pieces express the wonder of strangers in new worlds. Who were these extraordinary magic-makers who imitated the sounds of animals in the night, or drank tobacco juice through funnels, or wore collars filled with stinging ants?
"Shamans Through Time" is a rare chronicle of changing attitudes toward that which is strange and unfamiliar. With essays by such acclaimed thinkers as Claude LA(c)vi-Strauss, Black Elk, Carlos Castaneda, and Frank Boas, it provides an awesome glimpse into the incredible shamanic practices of cultures around the world.

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