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Julian Jaynes Society Discussion Forum: Exploring Consciousness and the Bicameral Mind Theory since 1997 • View topic - The Prophet Mohammed, Islam, and the Bicameral Mind

The Prophet Mohammed, Islam, and the Bicameral Mind

Discussion of the implications of the bicameral mind theory for religion. Also neurotheology and the origin of religion.

The Prophet Mohammed, Islam, and the Bicameral Mind

Postby Moderator » Thu Apr 07, 2005 6:47 pm

This is a very interesting article on Mohammed's trance states (reminiscent of the Oracle at Delphi) and auditory/visual hallucinations:



It raises the possibility that Islam was founded on the auditory hallucinations of Mohammed, who for psychological or perhaps neuropathological reasons experienced a partial relapse to the bicameral mind.
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Re: The Prophet Mohammed, Islam, and the Bicameral Mind

Postby clivedurdle » Tue Aug 18, 2009 1:58 pm

One of the major issues we are all facing is how to relate to others who commit extreme violent behaviour and also continually state they are obeying a god.

Jaynes has got some fascinating insights into religious behaviours that are very important.

For example, might the rituals of Islam, like the bowing, reinforce right brain activity? Are the calls to prayer hexamic?
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