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The Origin of Consciousness in the Breakdown of the Bicameral... by Julian Jaynes
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Oct 17, 10


I liked this: very thought provoking. Also maybe kinda crazy. The thesis is that consciousness arose mere thousands of years ago, that it's observable (or an inference you can draw at least) from the writing styles around the creation of the Iliad. People used to think of internal speech as messages from gods, had no sense of "I," Prophets (Moses, Muhammed, Delphi Oracle) were throwbacks who still heard voices in their heads, things like that. A very interesting digression into psychology of people who've had their corpus callosum (right-left brain connection) cut. Musings about (Incan, Mayan, Egyptian) societal structure as a consequence of people's obedient brains.
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