The Origin of Consciousness in the Breakdown of the Bicameral Mind has ratings and reviews. Terence said: I am giving Julian Jaynes’ The Origin. In Julian Jaynes published his controversial book The Origins of Consciousness in the Breakdown of the Bicameral Mind, introducing the hypothesis of a. Overview of Julian Jaynes’s Theory in the controversial but critically acclaimed book The Origin of Consciousness in the Breakdown of the Bicameral Mind.

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Paperbackpages. Feb 13, George rated it it was amazing. Jaynes is was a true scholar. He provides a series of examples and then works up to the idea that metaphor is really the “language of the mind”.

We may not like what we read, but if we find that we cannot take sense of it, then the failure is wholly on our part. And that’s what makes this book particularly interesting, breakdoown how convincing a picture he builds. As Jaynes saw it, a great deal of what is happening to you right now does not seem to be part of brfakdown consciousness until your attention is drawn to it.

The lay reader has to take Jaynes’ word for it when he uses linguistic evidence from ancient Greek to claim that somatic metaphors in the Iliad should be interpreted literally, or draws detailed inferences from the size of eye sockets in ancient Mesopotamian statues. From to BC, the Assyrians had established themselves in a far-ranging breakdlwn of trade missions.

Could you feel the chair pressing against your back a moment ago?

All the while, he had been reading widely and pondering the question of what consciousness was and how it could have arisen. The new evidence for Jaynes’s model of auditory hallucinations arising in the right temporal-parietal lobe and being transmitted to the left temporal-parietal lobe that these neuroimaging studies provide was specifically pointed out by Olin [22] and by Sher Logic is how we ought to think if objective truth is our goal and the everyday world is very little concerned with objective truth I can’t help wondering, too, how much of the scepticism is a gut-reaction to Jaynes’ choice of the term ‘hallucinations’ a word which comes with a lot of baggage: Want to Read Currently Reading Read.


It was the kind of question that dogged him for the rest of his life, and the book he was working on would grip a generation beginning to ask themselves similar questions.

The thesis of the book goes something like this: He is an exchange station of material and spiritual, but always objective, causes. Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. Chapter 1 surveys theories about the origins of the CM: And so consciousness can seem to pervade all mentality when actually it does not. Inas his book was selling, Jaynes completed his Ph.

I tend to fall into camps 2 and 6 but Jaynes dismisses them all as inadequate and contends that its ujlian — indeed, it was our condition — to conceive of humans with all the traits of learning, reason, language, etc.

I was particularly struck by the following passage italics as in original: The primary flaw of ,ind work is his literary evidence for the claim that humans didn’t develop reflective consciousness until ca. According to the hypothesis, that’s how what we would now call decision making happened.

Julian Jaynes

It is one of those books that is either complete rubbish or a work of consummate genius; Nothing in between! He took an interdisciplinary approach, drawing data from many different fields. Nov 11, Teo rated it it was amazing Shelves: Introduction, critical edition, and cuneiform texts. It’s speculative power has made many a head spin, I think. I had to read it three times and it’s a bicaameral big book jylian order to grasp the fundamentals of what the author was saying.

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There is, too, the fact that we are only at the beginning of understanding the brain. The metaphor is based on the idea of lateralization of brain function although each half of a bicamrral human brain is constantly communicating with the other through the corpus callosum.

Then he presents an example: This ancient mentality is called the bicameral mind. The Bible in the British Museum. Jaynes contests that such theocracies were the only means for a bicameral civilization to survive.

The Origin of Consciousness in the Breakdown of the Bicameral Mind by Julian Jaynes

But it’s a fascinating read, as sort of creative nonfiction. Language existed thousands of years earlier, but ,ind could not have emerged without language.

Do I need any consciousneess to understand it? As for eugenics—creating smarter, stronger, more beautiful babies—he believes we have an ethical obligation to The gods, in other words, seemed entirely real to them and directed their lives; the resulting societies were authoritarian, rigidly stratified and stable, almost like those of social insects think Ancient Egypt.

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