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2008

The 2008 Julian Jaynes Conference on Consciousness
University of Prince Edward Island, Charlottetown, PEI, Canada, August 7-9, 2008

The Julian Jaynes Conference on Consciousness is an inter- and transdisciplinary conference coordinated by Professor Scott Greer at the University of Prince Edward Island.

Presentations included:

  • Rabbi James Cohn, "Minds of the Bible: Speculations on the Cultural Evolution of Human Consciousness"
  • Scott Greer, University of Prince Edward Island, "An Introduction to Presence... Jaynes' 'Undiscovered Country'"
  • John F. Hainly, Southern University, "The Future of Consciousness: Instincts, Free Will & The Borg"
  • Marcel Kuijsten, Julian Jaynes Society, "Dual Brains and Bicameral Minds: New Evidence for Jaynes's Neurological Model"
  • Brian J. McVeigh, University of Arizona, "Hallucinations as Adaptive Behavior"
  • Thomas Nilsson, University of Prince Edward Island, "The Octopus and the Dinosaur: Bottlenecks on the Road to Consciousness"
  • Karl Pribram, Georgetown University
  • Eelco Runia, University of Groningen, The Netherlands
  • John Schedel, "Hitler's Rhetoric: A Jaynesian Approach"
  • Rev. Andrew Stehlik, "Disseminated Volition in the New Testament Gospels"
  • Donald Weaver, Dalhousie University, "Consciousness and Neuroscience"

Toward A Science of Consciousness
Tucson, Arizona, April 7-12, 2008

At the 2008 "Toward a Science of Consciousness" conference, Brian J. McVeigh and Marcel Kuijsten presented a four-hour pre-conference workshop titled "Reappraising Julian Jaynes's Theory of Consciousness and the Bicameral Mind: 30 Years of New Evidence." In addition, there were 6 speakers presenting talks related to Jaynes's theory.

A 5-speaker session, "Consciousness and Julian Jaynes," took place on Wednesday, April 9th. Speakers for the session were:

  • John Limber, Professor of Psychology, University of New Hampshire, "Consciousness Is Just a Word: Julian Jaynes and Contemporary Psychology"
  • Brian McVeigh, Lecturer in East Asian Studies, University of Arizona, "The Lost Voice of God: Julian Jaynes and Neurotheology"
  • Marcel Kuijsten, Executive Director, Julian Jaynes Society, "Auditory Hallucinations and the Bicameral Mind: New Evidence for Julian Jaynes's Neurological Model"
  • Scott Greer, Professor of Psychology, University of Prince Edward Island, "Julian Jaynes, Historical Psychology, and the Role of Metaphor in the Generativity and Discontinuities of Concepts of Identity"
  • John Hainly, Lecturer in Philosophy, Southern University, "Mythological Consciousness: Jaynes' Bicameral Mind & Vico's Imaginative Universals"

An additional talk on Jaynes's theory was be given by Jan Sleutels, Professor of Philosophy at Leiden University, during the "Evolution of Consciousness" session. It was titled "Recent Changes in the Structure of Consciousness?"

A CD of these presentations is available on the Audio CDs page.

2006

The 2006 Julian Jaynes Conference on Consciousness
Keynote Address: Neurologist and Author Dr. Richard Restak
"Consciousness, Cognition, and the Technological Revolution: How the Modern World is Rewiring Our Brains"

Conference Program


Speakers Jan Sleutels, Scott Greer, William Woodward, and Brian McVeigh
Conference coordinator Scott Greer (2nd from left) with speakers Jan Sleutels, William Woodward, and Brian McVeigh

The Julian Jaynes Conference on Consciousness was created as part of the Julian Jaynes Memorial Endowment at the University of Prince Edward Island. This fund was established to create a lasting tribute to the late Princeton professor and author, and long-time PEI resident, and to fulfill his legacy to support and encourage the study of consciousness. The conference is coordinated by Professor Scott Greer at the University of Prince Edward Island Psychology Department.




In previous years, the Julian Jaynes Symposium on Consciousness featured leading internationally known figures in consciousness research. The symposium was expanded to a full conference in 2006.

September 2005
John Limber, Ph.D., Professor of Psychology at the University of New Hampshire (Keynote Speaker)
"Can Consciousness Really Be A Cultural Artifact?"

Brian McVeigh, Ph.D., Lecturer in Anthropology at the University of Arizona
"Explaining Hypnosis, Possession, and Volition: A Jaynesian Approach to the Varieties of Consciousness"

Scott Greer, Ph.D., Professor of Psychology, University of Prince Edward Island
"Jaynes, Consciousness, and UPEI: Heading Towards Another 'Final Frontier'?"

October 2004
Michael Gazzaniga, Ph.D., David T. McLaughlin Distinguished Professor; Director, Center for Cognitive Neuroscience, Dartmouth College
"The Brain and Conscious Experience"

October 2003
Daniel Dennett, Ph.D., Austin B. Fletcher Professor of Philosophy, Tufts University
"Real Consciousness, Real Freedom, Real Magic"

October 2002
William Woodward, Ph.D., Professor of Psychology, University of New Hampshire
"Julian Jaynes: A Life in Pursuit of the Origin of Consciousness"