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Frequently Asked Questions

For questions specific to theory please see The Julian Jaynes Collection, in which Jaynes addresses over 100 questions about the theory; Myths vs. Facts and Critiques and Responses in the About the Theory section; and the Discussion Forum.

Academic Programs

Q: Are there any doctoral graduate programs in psychology, philosophy, anthropology, etc. where I can study Jaynes's theory?
A: While we don't know of any professors at this time that have both a strong interest in Jaynes's theory and are currently associated with a university program accepting Ph.D. students, there are a few options to consider. The first is to find a professor in a mainstream graduate program that is researching a related topic, even if they are not directly interested in (or familiar with) Jaynes's theory. Once you are in the program, hopefully they will be open-minded to you doing a dissertation on some aspect of Jaynes's theory. In some cases you may have to postpone research directly related to Jaynes's theory until after graduation, but you should be able to do something in a related area. The second option is to pursue your degree from a smaller private university. They tend to be less rigid and more open to controversial theories and topics such as consciousness studies. Private universities with related programs include the Philosophy-Neurosciences-Psychology interdisciplinary program at Washington University in St. Louis, John F. Kennedy University, the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology, Saybrook University, and the California Institute of Integral Studies. If you know of other programs, please let us know. Both options have pros and cons. The important thing is to map out your career goals and make sure that your choice of program will lead to fulfilling career options after graduation.


Article and Manuscript Review

Q: I am writing an article related to Jaynes's theory, can you provide comments or suggestions?
A: Yes, we are happy to comment on drafts of essays, articles, or book chapters related to Jaynes's theory. Please see the Contact page.


Membership and Passwords

Q: I am a paid subscriber to the Member's Area and I lost my password, how can I retrieve it?
A: Your password is contained in the welcome e-mail you received from the Julian Jaynes Society. If you can no longer locate this e-mail, send your request to: memberships@julianjaynes.org

Q: I lost my password to the free public-area Discussion Forum, how I can I retrieve it?
A: Passwords for the Discussion Forum are encrypted and stored within the forum, and can only be retrieved by e-mail. Go to the forum page, click on "Login" and then "I forgot my password." Enter your username and the e-mail address you used to sign up for the forum, and the forum will send you your password. Your password should also be in the activation e-mail you received when you signed up for the forum.


Non-Profit Status

Q: Is the Julian Jaynes Society a non-profit organization?
A: No. The IRS has a number of requirements for non-profit status (such as a board that meets twice per year) that are not currently feasible. However, we greatly appreciate non-tax deductable donations in any amount. Please see our Donations page.


Publications: E-book Versions, Reprint Permission, Newsletter

Q: Is Jaynes's The Origin of Consciousness in the Breakdown of the Bicameral Mind available for the Kindle, Nook, or other e-readers?
A: Yes, The Origin of Consciousness in the Breakdown of the Bicameral Mind was published for Kindle in 2012.

Q: Is Reflections on the Dawn of Consciousness available for the Kindle, Nook, or other e-readers?
A: Yes, Reflections on the Dawn of Consciousness was published for Kindle in December 2013.

Q: How do I request permission to reprint portions of Jaynes's The Origin of Consciousness in the Breakdown of the Bicameral Mind?
A: The rights to The Origin of Consciousness in the Breakdown of the Bicameral Mind are owned by Houghton Mifflin/Mariner Books. Their e-mail for permissions requests is: trade.permissions@hmhpub.com

Q: Does the Society publish a journal?
A: The Julian Jaynes Society publishes a newsletter called The Jaynesian. Instructions for submitting essays and other items of interest can be found on the Newsletter page.

Answers to additional questions can be found on the Discussion Forum.