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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.

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A fascinating and unique anthropological study.

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Jeremy Narby studied history at the University of Canterbury and received a Ph.D. in anthropology from Stanford University. For two years he lived with the Ashaninca Indians in the Peruvian Amazon, studying their methods of using the forest's resources. He lives in switzerland with his wife and children.

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