"... [O]ne of the most thought-provoking and debated theories about the origin of the conscious mind."

— Andrea Cavanna, M.D., in Consciousness: Theories in Neuroscience and Philosophy of Mind

"[Jaynes's] proposal is too interesting to ignore."

— David Eagleman, Ph.D., in Incognito: The Secret Lives of the Brain

"... I sympathize with Julian Jaynes's claim that something of great import may have happened to the human mind during the relatively brief interval of time between the events narrated in the Iliad and those that make up the Odyssey."

— Antonio Damasio, Ph.D., in Self Comes to Mind

"... Scientific interest in [Jaynes's] work has been re-awakened by the consistent findings of right-sided activation patterns in the brain, as retrieved with the aid of neuroimaging studies in individuals with verbal auditory hallucinations."

— Jan Dirk Blom, M.D., Ph.D., in A Dictionary of Hallucinations


"Highly recommended! This was my first exposure to Julian Jaynes' theory, and I was shocked that I hadn't heard about it before. Jaynes is clearly on to something. This book gave me new insights into both human history and many aspects of modern culture. Highly recommended!"

— Paul M., Amazon.com

"Fascinating theory... A highly enjoyable and intellectually stimulating book. In the introduction Kuijsten writes that Jaynesí theory provides a more logically consistent understanding of human history, and that many of the practices of ancient and modern cultures are difficult to makes sense of without the benefit of Jaynes' ideas. Jaynes' theory felt implausible to me when I first read his book, but my attitude toward it changed as I read this book and compared it to my expanded perspective on the history of the last 3,000 years. I now find other accounts of the cultural evolution of humanity too limited and see what Kuijsten and the other authors describe as highly probable. This book can be read without having read Jaynes' book because enough of Jaynes theory is explained in the first two chapters and later as needed. Should be read widely!"

— Jeff Kovatch, Amazon.com

"Highly thought provoking... Gods, Voices, and the Bicameral Mind greatly added to my understanding and appreciation for Jaynes' theory. It delves into many areas of Jaynes' theory not previously discussed, for example new research on the transition from bicamerality to consciousness in ancient Tibet. This book can also be read as an introduction to Jaynes' ideas for those new to the subject. Jaynes' theory is highly compelling and has tremendous implications... it will change how you view the history of human civilization and modern society alike.

— Cass, Amazon.com

"Five stars! More research on Jaynes' outrageous and splendid theory. The evidence is accumulating."

— Ronald Wardrop, Amazon.com