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The Jaynesian: Newsletter of the Julian Jaynes Society

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The Jaynesian: Volume 5, Issue 1, Summer 2011   [Discuss]

In this issue:
"What Is the Meaning of Monumental Mortuary Architecture?" by Brian J. McVeigh
Book Announcements: Il Nostro Inquilino Segreto and The Julian Jaynes Collection
Essay: "Jaynes contra Nietzsche" by James Barlow

The Jaynesian: Volume 4, Issue 1, Winter 2010   [Discuss]

In this issue:
"Consciousness and Dreams" by Marcel Kuijsten
Book Review: Language Lateralization and Psychosis
Article Announcements
Essay: "The Unconscious in History" by Brian J. McVeigh, Ph.D.
Essay: "Voices from the Other Side" by Carole Brooks Platt, Ph.D.
Total downloads as of 4/27/2012: 4,340

The Jaynesian: Volume 3, Issue 2, Winter 2009   [Discuss]

In this issue:
"Close-Mindedness and Mysticism in Science: Commentary on John Smythies's Review" by Marcel Kuijsten
Conference Announcements
Book Review: The Third Man Factor
Essay: "Engogenous Hallucinations and Bicamerality" by Rick Strassman, MD
Total downloads as of 4/27/2012: 10,330

Jaynesian Volume 3 Issue 1

The Jaynesian: Vol. 3, Issue 1, Spring 2009   [Instant PDF Download] [Kindle Edition]

In this issue:
"New Evidence for Jaynes's Neurological Model: A Research Update" by Marcel Kuijsten
  (with commentary on Cavanna, Trimble, Federico & Monaco [2007] and Asaad & Shapiro [1987])
Book Review: Consciousness, Self-Consciousness, and the Science of Being Human
Abstracts from the UPEI Julian Jaynes Conference on Consciousness
Essay: "Reflections on the Julian Jaynes Conference on Consciousness" by Maura Moore

The Jaynesian: Volume 2, Issue 1, Spring 2008 (temporarily unavailable pending reformatting)

In this issue:
"The Quest for Jaynes's Unpublished Writings" by Marcel Kuijsten
Announcements: The 2008 Julian Jaynes Conference on Consciousness
Book Review: Describing Inner Experience: Proponent Meets Skeptic
Abstracts from the Jaynes Session at the "Toward A Science of Consciousness" Conference
Essay: "Hypnosis in the Theory of the Bicameral Mind" by Edoardo Casiglia, MD

Jaynesian Volume 1 Issue 2

The Jaynesian: Vol. 1, Issue 2, Winter 2007   [Instant PDF Download] [Kindle Edition]

In this issue:
"Humility as a Profession: A Memorial to Julian Jaynes" by Brian J. McVeigh, Ph.D.
Announcements: Jaynes Session at the Toward a Science of Consciousness Conference; The 2008 Julian Jaynes Conference on Consciousness
Book Review: Muses, Madmen, and Prophets: Rethinking the History, Science, and Meaning of Auditory Hallucination
Essays: "The Evolution of Self-Talk" by Dr. Robert Pos, "Julian Jaynes's Bicameral Mind Theory as a Metaphor for Alcoholism" by Jeff Sandoz, Ph.D., and "Jaynes's Notion of Consciousness as Self-Referential" by Mike Finch, Ph.D.

Jaynesian Volume 1 Issue 1

The Jaynesian: Vol. 1, Issue 1, Summer 2007 [Instant PDF Download] [Kindle Edition]

In this issue:
Editor's Corner
Announcements: The 2008 Julian Jaynes Conference on Consciousness;
Origins: How We Became Human An educational board game about the beginnings of humanity
Book Review: Reflections on the Dawn of Consciousness
Essays: "The Origin of Rhetoric in the Breakdown of the Bicameral Mind" by Ted Remington, Ph.D.,
"Chinese Pictograms and the Bicameral Mind" by Masanori Ishimori, Ph.D. and Takashi X. Fujisawa, Ph.D.

The Jaynesian is an e-publication of the Julian Jaynes Society, whose goal is to foster discussion and a better understanding of the life, work, and thinking of Julian Jaynes (1920-1997). A maverick psychologist, Julian Jaynes is best known for his 1976 book The Origin of Consciousness in the Breakdown of the Bicameral Mind. A nominee for the National Book Award in 1978, his book was criticized by some and acclaimed by others as one of the most important books of the 20th century. Relying on archeology, history, literary studies, linguistics, religious studies, and neurology, Jaynes theorized that conscious interior experience is not a bio-evolutionary adaptation but a response to relatively recent sociopolitical and historical forces.

Let us know if you are interested in contributing to a future issue of The Jaynesian.

Contributions may include:

  • Brief Essays and Research-in-Progress
  • Book Reviews
  • Announcements (relevant conferences, soon to be published research, etc.)

Topics for Brief Essays or Research-in-Progress Progress may be about:

  • Any aspect of psychological research that pertains to Jayness ideas
  • Developments in neuroscience
  • Split-brain research
  • Bicamerality
  • Schizophrenia
  • Anomalous behavior: hypnotism, spirit possession, glossolalia, trancing, etc.
  • Psychology of ancient civilizations
  • Therapeutic implications of Jayness theories
  • Changes in human mentality
  • Biographical information about and intellectual influences behind Julian Jayness thinking
  • History of psychology
  • Psychology and art
  • Psychology of literature
  • Psychology and religion
  • Archeology
  • Other topics

If you are interested in contributing to the The Jaynesian, please contact Brian J. McVeigh ( explaining what type of contribution you would like to make. Length and formatting can then be discussed. For essays, please include your proposed topic as well as an outline of your main points and conclusions. Contributions should be e-mailed.


Brian J. McVeigh
East Asian Studies Department, University of Arizona

Marcel Kuijsten
Executive Director, Julian Jaynes Society