Reflections on the Dawn of Consciousness: Julian Jaynes's Bicameral Mind Theory Revisited
Why are gods and idols ubiquitous throughout the ancient world? What is the relationship of consciousness and language? How is it that oracles came to influence entire nations such as Greece? If consciousness arose far back in human evolution, how can it so easily be altered in hypnosis and "possession"? Is modern schizophrenia a vestige of an earlier men...more
What you won't get though is any idea of how well written the original is - there's some fair ...more
I first read Jaynes’ book, “The Origin of Consciousness in the Breakdown of the Bicameral Mind,” about 10 years ago. Jaynes puts forth the theory that consciousness (as he carefully defines it) ...more
Frequently, when we read masterpieces in fields not our own, we are tortured by suspicion... are we overlooking the obvious clues this is a gigantic fraud? Or is it a wonderwork? Or is it both?
This collection of essays takes the "wonderwork" position. It's a one-sided review, so we should take care in reaching grand conclusions about Jay ...more
if you're not a Jaynes fan, this will be tough, sluggish going. it's mostly recap. and while the glimmers and gleamings of various tech and philosophic writings grant a lot of credibility to Jayne's ideas almost 30 years after their initial and oft controversial debuts, REFLECTIONS ON THE DAWN OF CONSCIOUSNESS is actually, well... less reflective and more like a ...more
I do plan on reading it in the very near future...such as in the next month or two...
What I have learned about this whole ...more
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