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Gods, Voices, and the Bicameral Mind: The Theories of Julian Jaynes

Gods Voices and the Bicameral Mind The Theories of Julian Jaynes 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 Offer

  • Title: Gods, Voices, and the Bicameral Mind: The Theories of Julian Jaynes
  • Author: Marcel Kuijsten
  • ISBN: 9780979074431
  • Page: 361
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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 gDoes 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, 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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    1. Marcel Kuijsten says:
      Marcel Kuijsten is Founder and Executive Director of the Julian Jaynes Society He has published three book on Julian Jaynes s theory of the origin of consciousness and the bicameral mind, which was recently featured on the HBO hit series Westworld Gods, Voices, and the Bicameral Mind The Theories of Julian Jaynes,The Julian Jaynes Collection, and Reflections on the Dawn of Consciousness Julian Jaynes s Bicameral Mind Theory Revisited He is co editor with Prof Brian J McVeigh of The Jaynesian, the newsletter of the Julian Jaynes Society Learn about Jaynes s ideas and sign up for the Julian Jaynes Society mailing list at julianjaynes and connect on Facebook facebook marcel.kuijsten and Twitter twitter MarcelKuijsten

    Comment 355 on “Gods, Voices, and the Bicameral Mind: The Theories of Julian Jaynes

    1. Paul says:
      Thought provoking new evidence for and discussion of Julian Jaynes theory on the origin of consciousness and the bicameral mind Highly recommend for both those familiar with and new to Jaynes fascinating ideas

    2. Roland Sassen says:
      Review of Gods, Voices and the Bicameral Mind, the theories of Julian Jaynes , first edition, 2016, 312 pages, edited by Marcel KuijstenFebruary 16th 2017 Reviewed by Roland Sassen sassen thinsia From voices to choicesSometimes in history a theory emerges which is widely ignored by academics Such an incredible theory about consciousness or conscious interiority, was proposed by Julian Jaynes in 1977.Bicameral Mind Bicameral means two chambers, the left and right hemispheres of our brain.What is [...]

    3. Shane Orr says:
      This was a follow up to the Jaynes book, The Origins of Consciousness in the Breakdown of the Bicameral Mind I nearly read this one first, but I m glad I didn t This is a collection of essays around topics relating to Jaynes theory about when consciousness came to be in humans and how early man s was much different than ours Many of the essays didn t really draw my interest and there was a lot of repetition I didn t get much out of this If the topic is of interest, I d skip this one and read the [...]

    4. Bhakta Jim says:
      I have not read The Origin Of Consciousness in the Breakdown of the Bicameral Mind, but I had read Snow Crash which uses the theory in its plot I had hoped that this book would be an easier introduction to the theory than the original book It may have been I have no way of knowing.I am writing a series of novels dealing with consciousness, specifically about machine consciousness, so I was very interested in the subject matter.The theory basically says that until a few thousands of years ago hum [...]


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