The Origin of Consciousness in the Breakdown of the Bicameral Mind

Author: Julian Jaynes

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

ISBN: 0547527543

Category: Science

Page: 512

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At the heart of this classic, seminal book is Julian Jaynes's still-controversial thesis that human consciousness did not begin far back in animal evolution but instead is a learned process that came about only three thousand years ago and is still developing. The implications of this revolutionary scientific paradigm extend into virtually every aspect of our psychology, our history and culture, our religion -- and indeed our future.
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Gods, Voices, the the Bicameral Mind

The Theories of Julian Jaynes

Author: Marcel Kuijsten

Publisher: Julian Jaynes Society

ISBN: N.A

Category: Psychology

Page: 322

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Does consciousness inevitably arise in any sufficiently complex brain? Although widely accepted, this view inherited from Darwin's theory of evolution is supported by surprisingly little evidence. Offering an alternate view of the history of the human mind, Julian Jaynes's ideas challenge our preconceptions of not only the origin of the modern mind, but the origin of gods and religion, the nature of mental illness, and the future potential of consciousness. The tremendous explanatory power of Jaynes's ideas force us to reevaluate much of what we thought we knew about human history. Gods, Voices, and the Bicameral Mind both explains Julian Jaynes's theory and explores a wide range of related topics such as the ancient Dark Age, the nature of dreams and the birth of Greek tragedy, poetic inspiration, the significance of hearing voices in both the ancient and modern world, the development of consciousness in children, vestiges of bicameralism and the transition to consciousness in early Tibet, the relationship of consciousness and metaphorical language, and how Jaynes's ideas compare to those of other thinkers.
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The Jaynes Legacy

Shining New Light Through the Cracks of the Bicameral Mind

Author: Lawrence Wile

Publisher: Andrews UK Limited

ISBN: 184540971X

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 250

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Julian Jaynes' 1976 book, The Origins of Consciousness in the Breakdown of the Bicameral Mind, continues to arouse an unsettling ambivalence. Richard Dawkins called it "either complete rubbish or a work of consummate genius, nothing in between". The present book suggests that the bicameral mind is a phantasm; the dating of the origin of consciousness contradicts archeological and literary evidence; and the theory contributes nothing toward explaining why some physical states are conscious while others are not because the nonconscious bicameral brain is neurophysiologically equivalent to the conscious brain. However, the author pays tribute to Jaynes's work as a work of "consummate genius" because it compels us to re-evaluate the significance of humankind's earliest traditions and texts that might shine light on the "very suspicious totem of evolutionary mythology" that consciousness has evolved continuously and gradually from worms to man. The present book suggests that the evolution of the relationship between consciousnesses, mass, energy, and spacetime radically changed nearly 6,000 years ago during the epigenetic, evolutionary degeneration of a little-known, threadlike structure originating from the center of the central nervous system called Reissner's fiber. The earliest Egyptian, Hebrew, Indian and Chinese traditions, buried beneath the dust of fallen Babel and thousands of years of distortions and disguisings, describe this process during the origin of religion and mystical traditions.
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Discussions With Julian Jaynes

The Nature of Consciousness and the Vagaries of Psychology

Author: Brian J. McVeigh

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781536100549

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Page: 70

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In 1976, the late Julian Jaynes of Princeton University published the groundbreaking The Origin of Consciousness in the Breakdown of the Bicameral Mind in which he argued that before the twelfth century BC, the minds of individuals were of a different neurocultural organisation. Rather than being consciously self-aware as people nowadays think of it, the behavior of our ancient predecessors was governed by religiously-inflected voices and visions. These were produced by a two-chambered or bicameral mentality: language areas in the right hemisphere (the ruler or god side) organised advice and admonishments and coded them into hallucinatory experiences that were conveyed over the anterior commissure to the left hemispheres corresponding language regions (the follower or person side). Brian J. McVeigh, a student of Julian Jaynes, took the opportunity in 1991 to record a series of informal, wide-ranging, and unstructured discussions with Jaynes, considered a controversial maverick of the psychology world. Weaving their way in and out of the discussions are the following themes: a clarification of the meaning of consciousness; the relation between linguistics, consciousness and language study as a crucial method to reveal this relation; the history of psychology and its prejudices (e.g., the marginalisation of consciousness as a research topic, ignoring socio-historical aspects of psyche, the significance of religion, the fraudulence of Freudianism, and the overuse, vagueness, and emptiness of cognitive); and some practical, therapeutic implications of Jayness ideas on consciousness. This book will appeal to anyone interested in the emergence of consciousness, language and cognition, cultural psychology, the history of psychology, and the neurocultural transformation of our species. A glossary of names provides useful historical context. Presenting a series of wide ranging and thought-provoking conversations with Julian Jaynes, who was one of the most insightful and original thinkers of the twentieth century, Discussions with Julian Jaynes constitutes an important contribution to the growing literature on Jaynes and his ideas.
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The Jaynesian

Newsletter of the Julian Jaynes Society (Volume 1, Issue 1)

Author: Marcel Kuijsten,Brian J. McVeigh

Publisher: Julian Jaynes Society

ISBN: N.A

Category: Psychology

Page: 22

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In this issue: Editor's Corner Announcements: The 2008 Julian Jaynes Conference on Consciousness; Origins: How We Became Human — An educational board game about the beginnings of humanity Book Review: Reflections on the Dawn of Consciousness Essays: "The Origin of Rhetoric in the Breakdown of the Bicameral Mind," by Ted Remington, Ph.D.; "Chinese Pictograms and the Bicameral Mind," by Masanori Ishimori, Ph.D. and Takashi X. Fujisawa, Ph.D.
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Muses, Madmen, and Prophets

Hearing Voices and the Borders of Sanity

Author: Daniel B. Smith

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 1101202122

Category: Psychology

Page: 272

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An inquiry into hearing voices-one of humanity's most profound phenomena Auditory hallucination is one of the most awe-inspiring, terrifying, and ill- understood tricks of which the human psyche is capable. In the age of modern medical science, we have relegated this experience to nothing more than a biological glitch. Yet as Daniel B. Smith puts forth in Muses, Madmen, and Prophets, some of the greatest thinkers, leaders, and prophets in history heard, listened to, and had dialogues with voices inside their heads. In a fascinating quest for understanding, Smith examines the history of this powerful phenomenon, and delivers a ringing defense of the validity of unusual human experiences.
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The Race That Should Be Human

The Cause of Violence, Hate and Racism

Author: Eleonora De Lennart

Publisher: Big Apple Vision Pub Incorporated

ISBN: 9780972432764

Category: Psychology

Page: 441

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The Breakdown of the Identification Phase with the Mother in the Breakdown of the Bicameral Mind, The Origin of Consciousness. ..."Without a doubt one of the most through provoking scholarly works of the 1990s. Its publication is timely as it addresses perhaps the most pressing need of the world today...A gold mine of revealing information that should be read by all. It is both prophetic and instructive and has broken new ground in its search for a better understanding of the problems facing the turbulent world today. There is no other published work like it. No library or educational institution should be without it..." (Professor Julian Jaynes, Princeton University.)
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The Fifth Floor

Author: Bob Mayer

Publisher: Cool Gus Publishing

ISBN: 9781621252993

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Page: 98

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"We cannot be conscious of what we are not conscious of." Julian Jaynes. The Origin of Consciousness in The Breakdown of the Bicameral Mind."Before there was just me now, there was a bunch of other stuff that I don't remember. People keep telling me I should remember, but maybe if you can't remember there is a reason." Thus begins Lara's story as she escapes from an apparent mental institution. Who is she? What reality should she believe? And did she escape in reality or just in her mind?In a crowded marketplace in Haifa, Lukas's body is wrapped in a bomb, his hand on the detonator. But then the young man has an awareness of all the lives of those around him, the possibilities, their hopes, their dreams and he doesn't detonate the bomb. Whisked away to a black site, the interrogators brutally try to find out why. Only to discover he has identical DNA with a patient in a mental institution in the United States: Lara.But this is impossible.A psychological thriller traveling into the intimate and infinite realm of time and parallel worlds, in the genre of Westworld.Is Lara's reality the one where she's holding a bloody knife and her family has been slaughtered? Is it the one where she's in the institution against her will, being experimented upon? Is it the one where's she working as a gardener for a woman who has secrets of her own? There's an even more frightening possibility with even more potential: That all of them are true. The powers-that-be think they can dig for the answer. By sending her to the Fourth Floor. That's a mistake. Because there is a Fifth.
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