2013 Julian Jaynes Society Conference on Consciousness and Bicameral Studies
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SPEAKERS

Keynote Speakers

Professor Roy F. Baumeister

ROY F. BAUMEISTER, Ph.D.
Department of Psychology, Florida State University

Roy F. Baumeister is currently the Eppes Eminent Professor of Psychology and head of the social psychology graduate program at Florida State University. He received his Ph.D. in social psychology from Princeton in 1978 and did a postdoctoral fellowship in sociology at the University of California at Berkeley. He spent over two decades at Case Western Reserve University. He has also worked at the University of Texas, the University of Virginia, the Max-Planck-Institute, the VU Free University of Amsterdam, the University of California at Santa Barbara, and Stanford's Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences.

Baumeister's research spans multiple topics, including self and identity, self-regulation, interpersonal rejection and the need to belong, sexuality and gender, aggression, self-esteem, meaning, and self-presentation. He has received research grants from the National Institutes of Health and from the Templeton Foundation. He has over 490 publications, including the New York Times bestseller Willpower: Rediscovering the Greatest Human Strength and The Cultural Animal: Human Nature, Meaning, and Social Life. The Institute for Scientific Information lists him among the handful of most cited (most influential) psychologists in the world. He has received lifetime achievement awards from the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, from the International Society for Self and Identity, and most recently the Association for Psychological Science's highest honor, the William James Award.


Dr. Dirk Corstens

DIRK CORSTENS, M.D.
Psychiatrist and Chair of Intervoice, Maastricht, Netherlands

Dirk Corstens works as a psychiatrist and psychotherapist in Maastricht the Netherlands at RIAGG Maastricht, an academic community mental health center. He was trained in psychodynamic, systems, and cognitive psychotherapy and adapted the Voice Dialogue approach to voice hearing. He is chair of the Intervoice Board, specializes in the treatment of voice hearers, and conducts research on that subject.

Dr. Corstens' recent publications include: D. Corstens & E. Longden, "The Origins of Voices: Links Between Life History and Voice Hearing in a Survey of 100 Cases," Psychosis: Psychological, Social and Integrative Approaches (2013); D. Corstens, E. Longden, & R. May, "Talking with Voices: Exploring What is Expressed by the Voices People Hear," Psychosis: Psychological, Social and Integrative Approaches (2012, 4); M. Romme, S. Escher, J. Dillon, D. Corstens, & M. Morris, Living with Voices: 50 Stories of Recovery (PCCS Books, 2009); D. Corstens, S. Escher, & M. Romme, "Accepting and Working with Voices: The Maastricht Approach," in A. Moskowitz (ed.) Psychosis, Trauma and Dissociation: Emerging Perspectives on Severe Psychopathology (Wiley & Sons., 2008); A. Moskowitz & D. Corstens, "Auditory hallucinations: Psychotic Symptom or Dissociative Experience?" Journal of Psychological Trauma (2007, 6).


Professor Merlin Donald

MERLIN W. DONALD, Ph.D.
Professor Emeritus, Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada

Merlin Donald was Professor and Head of Psychology at Queen's University, as well as Professor and Chair of Cognitive Science at Case Western Reserve University. He currently holds an Honorary Professorship in Culture and Cognition at Aarhus University, Denmark, and is a Fellow of the Canadian Psychological Association, the World Academy of Art & Science, and the Royal Society of Canada. He is the author of many scientific papers, and two influential books: Origins of the Modern Mind: Three Stages in the Evolution of Culture and Cognition and A Mind So Rare: The Evolution of Human Consciousness. His work has been translated into nine languages.

A cognitive neuroscientist with a background in philosophy, Donald did his early empirical work in the field of human cognitive and clinical neuroscience, before constructing a theory of human cognitive evolution that greatly influenced the recent growth of interdisciplinary studies of human mental origins. In 1997, a conference held at the University of Cambridge, UK, was dedicated to the pioneering theoretical work of Professor Donald. In his introduction to Cognition and Material Culture, the edited book that followed from that conference, the noted British archaeologist Colin Renfrew wrote: "Merlin Donald's Origins of the Modern Mind may be regarded as the most coherent statement which we yet have concerning the development of human cognitive abilities."

Donald's theory assigns to culture and technology a crucial co-evolutionary role in explaining the intellectual capacities of modern humans. He also claims that the refinement and expansion of primate conscious capacity was a key adaptation that enabled the emergence of the modern human cognitive system in its cultural Petri dish. He is currently trying to understand how the slow-moving biology of the brain can deal with the rapidly changing "cognitive ecology" provided by culture and technology. Humanity has been greatly concerned about changes in the physical ecology, but has largely ignored the massive changes taking place in our cognitive ecology, even though the latter will probably determine our future direction as a species.


Invited Speakers


Rabbi James Cohn

RABBI JAMES COHN
Temple Israel & Marshall University

James Cohn is Rabbi of Temple Israel, a hosting sponsor of the 2013 Conference. He wrote Minds of the Bible: Reflections on the Evolution of Human Consciousness, published by the Julian Jaynes Society. He received his M.A. in Hebrew and Cognate Languages and Literatures from Hebrew Union College. He teaches a Jaynes-related religion course at Marshall University, titled "The Brain, the Self, the Voice of God."


John Hainly

JOHN HAINLY
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 and the Toward A Science of Consciousness Conference.


Professor Martin J. Kommor

MARTIN J. KOMMOR, M.D.
Department of Behavioral Medicine and Psychiatry, West Virginia University

Martin J. Kommor is a graduate of University of Louisville School of Medicine. He chairs the Department of Behavioral Medicine and Psychiatry at West Virginia University (Charleston Division), where he has taught the psychodynamic curriculum for almost 30 years. In addition to teaching, Dr. Kommer provides psychotherapy and medication consultation, conducts research, and is active in mental health and psychiatric associations. He has provided stress debriefing to community and state paramedics, firemen and police, and is co-author of The Anxiety Answer Book: Professional, Reassuring Answers to Your Most Pressing Questions. Of late he has been curious about the process of self reflection, its development in life, its role in the development of psychopathology and its resolution, its neurological correlates, and its development over the course of one's medical training. He is currently on a 6 month sabbatical in Denver with the University of Colorado Psychiatry Department along with the Denver Institute of Psychoanalysis to explore answering these questions. His talk will address his findings.


Marcel Kuijsten

MARCEL KUIJSTEN
Julian Jaynes Society

Marcel Kuijsten is the Founder and Executive Director of the Julian Jaynes Society. He has published two books on Jaynes's theory, The Julian Jaynes Collection and Reflections on the Dawn of Consciousness: Julian Jaynes's Bicameral Mind Theory Revisited, and is co-editor of and regular contributor to The Jaynesian, the newsletter of the Julian Jaynes Society. He has degrees in Psychology, English, and Business.


Professor Clay McNearney

CLAY McNEARNEY, Ph.D.
Department of Religious Studies, Marshall University

Clayton L. McNearney is Professor and Chair, Department of Religious Studies, Marshall University, Huntington, West Virginia. He received his Ph.D. in 1970 from the University of Iowa in American Religious History. Academic year 1976-77 he held a National Endowment Fellowship to study the Literature of the American Revolution at Columbia University. His publications include articles on 18th century preacher George Whitefield, and the First Great Awakening in the America's Colonial period. Teaching areas include the Sociology of Religion, music and other aspects of popular culture and religion in America, as well religious revivals and awakenings from the Colonial period to the present. Current research and writing addresses the phenomenon of road memorials and ritual in our time.


Professor Brian J. McVeigh

BRIAN J. McVEIGH, Ph.D.
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.


Carole Brooks Platt

CAROLE BROOKS PLATT, Ph.D.
Houston, Texas

Carole Brooks Platt uses neuroscience, attachment theory and literary analysis to explain how great poets of the 19th and 20th centuries used inner voices, dreams and dissociative techniques to access right-hemispheric creativity. Now in the final stages of writing a book on the subject, she has been previously published in literary journals, Gnosis, The Jaynesian, Clio's Psyche and the Journal of Consciousness Studies and has presented her research at the 2010 Toward a Science of Consciousness conference.


Bill Rowe

BILL ROWE
UC Santa Cruz

Bill Rowe retired from the University of California Santa Cruz where he worked for 27 years as a staff research associate for the Santa Cruz Institute for Particle Physics. Since retiring he has worked as an independent consultant for medical device companies developing models and neural implants for various neurological disorders. His four part article, "Retrospective: Julian Jaynes and the Origin of Consciousness in the Breakdown of the Bicameral Mind" was published in the American Journal of Psychology in 2012.


Professor Jan Sleutels

JAN SLEUTELS, Ph.D.
Faculty of Humanities, 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.


Gary Williams

GARY WILLIAMS
Department of Philosophy, Washington University

Gary Williams is a doctoral student at Washington University in St Louis' Philosophy-Neuroscience-Psychology program. His research primarily involves consciousness studies, but he is interested in the philosophy of psychology broadly construed. Gary is also interested in reviving Julian Jaynes' theory of consciousness by integrating it with the latest research in the mind sciences. He has published a paper on Jaynesian theory in Phenomenology and the Cognitive Sciences, "What is it like to be nonconscious? A defense of Julian Jaynes."


Contributed Speakers


TERRYL ATKINS

Terryl Atkins, received her honours BFA (with distinction) and MFA from the University of Victoria and is currently working on an interdisciplinary Ph.D. The major concentration of the Ph.D. program and dissertation are in the areas of theories of imagination, imaginative generativity and its relationship to drawn images, embodiment in relation to human agency and perception, the evolution of pictorial space, the epistemological and ontological nature of the imaging processes of schizophrenics and autistics, as well as the critical evaluation of the practice of art as therapy. Terryl has taught at Lakehead University, Camosun College, University of Victoria and currently teaches Visual Culture, Photography, Curatorial Studies, Drawing and Theory at Thompson Rivers University, BC, Canada.


Elisabeth Bell Carroll

ELISABETH BELL CARROLL

Elisabeth Bell Carroll is author of Chopin in the Attic. Elisabeth, who has lived with temporal lobe epilepsy since childhood, studied mathematics and was an in-house technical writer and editor. She has three grandsons and three granddaughters, all under the age of reason.


Gregory Conrow

GREGORY CONROW

Gregory Conrow received an M.A. in philosophy from George Mason University and is a PhD student applicant. Readings and studies include: Derrida, Levinas, Heidegger, Alva Noe, Nishida Kitaro, Kant, Plato, Gadamer, Kierkegaard, Jean Gebser, Julian Jaynes, Carl Jung, Nietzsche, Foucault, Nagarjuna, Nisargadatta, Merleau-Ponty, Husserl and Jalal ad-Din Rumi. Interests include aporia, ethics, language, phenomenology, consciousness, imagination, non-duality, undecidability, dissemination, infinity, deconstruction, différance, death, absolute contradictory self-identity, the sublime, rapture, the Other, alterity, emptiness, temporality, politics, the environment — and especially — the unknowable. I have done work on the onto-theological foundations of modern digital technology, the asymmetrical relation between law and justice within the Occupy movement, and the phenomenological temporality of writing in the emergence of consciousness.


Arash Daklan

ARASH DAKLAN

Arash Daklan, born in Iran in 1979, received his Bachelor of Science from Iran University of Science and Technology (IUST) in 2003, and his Master's degree in Philosophy of Science from Industrial University of Sharif in 2006. He is now a second year student in the Master's of Physics: Nonlinear Systems program at the University François Rabelais in Tours, France. He has been living in France with his wife since November 2009.


Paul Evans

PAUL EVANS, Ph.D.

Paul Evans' graduate training was in psychology, statistics and experimental design. He completed his Ph.D. at the University of Georgia. Following graduate school he was as a psychologist and researcher then joined the National Science Foundation where he worked in research, evaluation, policy and planning capacities. After NSF, he worked as a software developer with IBM and was an early member of the IBM Personal Computer development team that launched the first personal computer in 1981. After a decade and a half at IBM, he held various management roles at Electronic Data Systems (EDS); the management consulting firm, AT Kearney (strategic planning and management consulting); and, finally as Executive Vice President at Young and Rubicam (the world's largest advertising and marketing concern) in New York City. Following retirement from industry he founded the Sapphire Institute, a research and consulting venture. In regard to Julian Jaynes, Paul's interest is in theoretical work concerning the evolution of consciousness, focused on the evolutionary implications of environmental and sensory impacts on consciousness development and the coming technological singularity and its influence on consciousness. He has lectured in Europe, Asia and the United States on these topics.


Ralf Funke

RALF FUNKE

Ralf Funke works as a software developer in the publishing business. In 2012, he gave a lecture on Jaynes's theory at the 35th International Wittgenstein Symposium. He lives in Hamburg, Germany.


Eric La Freniere

ERIC ALEXANDER LA FRENIERE

Eric La Freniere is interested in the materiality of media, the evolution of consciousness, and in neurosemiotics. He earned his MS in Writing, Rhetoric, and Technical Communication from James Madison University in 2012, and is currently investigating doctoral programs.


Martin Lenhardt

MARTIN L. LENHARDT, Au.D., Ph.D., CCC A/SLP

Marty Lenhardt is currently a Professor of Biomedical Engineering at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU). He received his Ph.D. in psychoacoustics and Speech Science from the Florida State University. He holds an Au.D from Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine and was a postdoctoral medical fellow at the Johns Hopkins University in Otolaryngology and Biomedical Engineering. He spent more than four decades at VCU, the first 24 years in Otolaryngology. Marty is a principal, director and CEO in two biotech companies at the university's Biotechnology Research Park. His companies have been awarded SBIRs from the NIH, Homeland Security and the US Army. He secured FDA approval for a tinnitus device and supervises FDA "good manufacturing practices" in its production and clinical distribution. He co-authored, with the late Dan Johnson, the OSHA ultrasonic hearing standards. He has authored 100+ publication and holds 14 US and foreign patents. In addition he was an Executive Fellow in Patient Safety in Hospital Administration at VCU and holds a certificate in Health Care Compliance (Pharmaceutical, Biologics, Medical Devices) from Seton Hall University Law School. His research interests are biomedical acoustics, speech perception, language origins and habilitative science. He is currently developing a non-invasive cerebral spinal fluid pressure device, a pneumothorax device and an EEG based consciousness monitor for anesthesia. He was the VCU Distinguished Inventor of the Year in 2011.


Malcolm Lowe

MALCOLM DAVID LOWE

Malcolm Lowe, a former financial journalist and small business owner, is an independent researcher with an interest in how languages encode meaning. He has been researching how the English language encodes meaning for the last six years or so and plans to publish his findings in a forthcoming book.


Walter Ratjen

WALTER RATJEN

Walter Ratjen studied Psychology and Philosophy at universities in Germany (Frankfurt, Tubingen, Constance, Freiburg) and in the US (UMass). In 2004 he founded the Center for Artificial Human Intelligence, located at Tubingen, Germany. His life-long co-worker has been the chaos researcher O.E. Rossler, known for his discovery of the "Rossler attractor." Besides the philosophical foundations and the technological problems of emulating the mind on an artificial system, Walter is also concerned about the political changes inevitably to be brought about by the new technology.


Ted Remington

TED REMINGTON, Ph.D.

Ted Remington is Assistant Professor of English and Director of Writing at the University of Saint Francis in Fort Wayne, Indiana. He holds a Ph.D. in Rhetorical Studies from the University of Iowa. His article "The Origin of Rhetoric in the Breakdown of the Bicameral Mind" appears in Vol. 1, Issue 1 of The Jaynesian.


John Schedel

JOHN SCHEDEL, Ph.D.

John Schedel is an Associate Professor of Speech at Medaille College in Buffalo, New York. He holds a Ph. D. in Communication from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln. Dr. Schedel is one of the "original", and is still one of the few, rhetorical theorists who use Julian Jaynes's theories as bases for the study of public communication. His initial foray into Jaynes's contributions to the study of symbolic "magic" and the metaphoric nature of "consciousness" was his 1982 Ph.D. dissertation. This line of study continues to this day. In more recent years, Jung's theories concerning archetypes, with special emphasis being placed on "psychoid archetypes"; meme theory, chaos theory, Kenneth Burke's and William Covino's theories about rhetorical "magic", and Norse mythological thought concerning "wyrd" have been used to supplement and inform Jaynes's contributions. Some of Dr. Schedel's thoughts on these subjects were articulated at the Julian Jaynes conferences in PEI.

Andrew (Ondrej) Stehlik

ANDREW STEHLIK, Th.D.

A native of Czech Republic, Andrew (Ondrej) Stehlik studied Protestant theology and Ancient Near East Religions at Charles University in Prague and at University of Edinburgh in Scotland. He received his Th.D. from Charles University in Prague for the study of Ancient Near East history and religion. He served two Protestant (Evangelical Church of Czech Brethren) churches in the Czech Republic, the last one being in Prague - Liben. In 1999-2000 he was visiting theologian at the Presbyterian (USA) denominational headquarters in Louisville and lectured at the Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary. In 2002, he accepted a call from West Presbyterian Church in Binghamton NY. In 2003 he published a book with the first Czech translation of religious texts from Ugarit. From autumn 2009 to the present he serves Rutgers Presbyterian Church in Manhattan's Upper West Side.