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Gods, Voices and the Bicameral Mind

Gods, Voices, and the Bicameral Mind: The Theories of Julian Jaynes
Marcel Kuijsten (ed.)
Julian Jaynes Society, 2016
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 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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Section 1: The Origin of Consciousness in the Breakdown of the Bicameral Mind

Section 2: Consciousness & Language

Section 3: Auditory Hallucinations in Adults

                    Schizophrenia

Section 4: The Early Greeks / Analysis of Homeric Literature

Section 5: The Dual Brain (Neuroscience, Brain Hemisphere Differences)

Section 6: Ancient Civilizations

                    Analysis of the Old Testament

Section 7: Pre-Modern and Pre-Literate Societies

Section 8: Neurotheology and the Origin of Religion

Section 9: Hypnosis: History, Theory, and Practice

                    Prophecy, Divination, Possession, and Trance States

Section 10: Dreams

Section 11: Hallucinations / Imaginary Companions in Children