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About the Society

The Julian Jaynes Society is a scholarly society and publisher focused on exploring Julian Jaynes's theory of the origin of consciousness and the bicameral mind as well as the many topics related to the theory.

The primary goals of the Julian Jaynes Society are to foster discussion and a better understanding of the life, work, and theories of Julian Jaynes (1920-1997), the implications of his theory of consciousness and the bicameral mind, the topic of consciousness in general, and the relevance of auditory hallucinations to the human experience.

The society was formed in 1997 shortly after the death of Julian Jaynes, with the initial goals of bringing together those interested in his ideas and locating Jaynes's unpublished writings. Over the past decade, the Julian Jaynes Society has grown tremendously and now helps promote Julian Jaynes's theory in a variety of ways, including:

  • Publishing books and articles (both print and electronic) relevant to the topic of consciousness and the bicameral mind theory.
  • Publishing a newsletter, The Jaynesian, with relevant essays, book reviews, and announcements.
  • Publishing audio CDs of lectures by Julian Jaynes as well as others discussing his theory.
  • Maintaining a Member's Area with hard to find articles, e-books, conference videos, audio lectures, book reviews, member essays, and more.
  • Organizing Jaynes-related speaker sessions and workshops at consciousness conferences, such as the Toward a Science of Consciousness Conference in Tucson, Arizona.
  • Reviewing drafts of articles and manuscripts on Jaynes's theory for authors to help ensure their accuracy.
  • Helping to promote the biennial Julian Jaynes Conference on Consciousness organized by Prof. Scott Greer at the University of Prince Edward Island.
  • Maintaining a public Discussion Forum.

About the Executive Director

Marcel Kuijsten

Marcel Kuijsten is Founder and Executive Director of the Julian Jaynes Society.

He earned Bachelors degrees in both Psychology and English from California State University and spent a summer as an intern in the Engineering Department at Princeton University. After being accepted to the doctoral program in Behavioral Neuroscience at the University of Texas he then decided against a career in academia, instead earning a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. He is a certified in hypnosis by the American Academy of Hypnosis.

He is editor of the books The Julian Jaynes Collection and Reflections on the Dawn of Consciousness: Julian Jaynes's Bicameral Mind Theory Revisited and co-editor of and regular contributor to The Jaynesian, the newsletter of the Julian Jaynes Society. Interviews with Marcel Kuijsten have appeared on Red Ice Radio, the Evolution: This View of Life website, Astraea Magazine & Web Radio, Blood Rites by Jimmy Lee Shreeve and New Therapist magazine (Vol. 32, July/Aug. 2004). He has spoken on Jaynes's theory at the Toward A Science of Consciousness conference and the Julian Jaynes Conference on Consciousness.

Academic Advisors

Michael Carr

Michael Carr, Ph.D. (Sinology)
Otaru University of Commerce, Japan (retired)
Michael Carr retired from teaching at Otaru University of Commerce in Japan and works as a freelance translator in Hawaii. He has published extensively on Chinese and Japanese linguistics and lexicography, including the New Japanese-English Character Dictionary. He has also published a series of articles on the evidence for bicameralism in ancient China. His article "The Shi 'Corpse/Personator' Ceremony in Early China" appears in Reflections on the Dawn of Consciousness.

Scott Greer

Scott Greer, Ph.D. (Psychology)
Department of Psychology, University of Prince Edward Island
Scott Greer is Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Psychology at the University of Prince Edward Island. He is also Editor for the Canadian Psychological Association journal, the and Philosophy of Psychology Bulletin, and is coordinator for the Julian Jaynes Conference on Consciousness. Dr. Greer has published over a dozen articles on the history and theory of psychology, with particular emphasis on the history of self research and psychoanalysis. His article "A Knowing Noos and a Slippery Psyche" appears in Reflections on the Dawn of Consciousness and he organized the Julian Jaynes Conference of Consciousness in 2006 and 2008,

John Hainly

John Hainly, M.A. (Philosophy)
Department of English & Philosophy, Southern University
John Hainly is Instructor of Philosophy at Southern University. He specialized in Philosophy of History and is interested in Philosophy of Religion, Culture, Science & Technology, as well as Psychology of Religion. He has spoken on Jaynes's theory at the Julian Jaynes Conference on Consciousness as well as the Toward A Science of Consciousness Conference.

Brian J. McVeigh

Brian J. McVeigh, Ph.D. (Anthropology)
Department of East Asian Studies, University of Arizona
Brian J. McVeigh studied Asian Studies and Political Science at the State University of New York at Albany, from where he received his Master's degree. He received his Ph.D. in anthropology from Princeton University and was a student of Julian Jaynes. A psychological anthropologist and specialist on Japanese culture, he has lived and worked in Asia for almost 17 years. The author of seven books and numerous articles on spirit possession, religion, education, politics, nationalism, and popular culture, he now teaches in the Department of East Asian Studies at the University of Arizona. He is now researching the history of psychology in Japan and is also completing a book entitled The Propertied Self: Wealth, Progress, and Human Nature. His article "The Self as Interiorized Social Relations" appears in Reflections on the Dawn of Consciousness, and he has spoken on Jaynes's theory at the Julian Jaynes Conference on Consciousness as well as the Toward A Science of Consciousness Conference.

Jan Sleutels

Jan Sleutels, Ph.D. (Philosophy)
Department Philosophy, Leiden University, Netherlands
Jan Sleutels is Professor of Philosophy at Leiden University. His teaching and research interests include metaphysics, philosophy of mind, and media philosophy. His article "Greek Zombies" appears in Reflections on the Dawn of Consciousness, and he has spoken on Jaynes's theory at the Julian Jaynes Conference on Consciousness as well as the Toward A Science of Consciousness Conference.