PRAISE FOR JULIAN JAYNES'S THEORY
(from the dust jacket)
"Julian Jaynes's theories for the nature of self-awareness, introspection, and consciousness have replaced the assumption of their almost ethereal uniqueness with explanations that could initiate the next change in paradigm for human thought."
— Michael Persinger, in Reflections on the Dawn of Consciousness
"... A theory that could alter our view of consciousness, revise our conception of the history of mankind, and lay bare the human dilemma in all its existential wonder."
— James E. Morriss, in ETC: A Review of General Semantics
"Some of Jaynes's original ideas may be the most important of our generation."
— Ernest Rossi, in Psychological Perspectives
"Neuroimaging techniques of today have illuminated and confirmed the importance of Jaynes's hypothesis."
— Robert Olin in Lancet
"... One of the clearest and most perspicuous defenses of the top-down approach [to consciousness] that I have ever come across."
— Daniel Dennett, in Brainchildren
"... 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, in Self Comes to Mind
"Julian Jaynes is a scholar in the broad original sense of that term. A man of huge creative vitality, Julian Jaynes is my academic
man for all seasons."
— Hubert Dolezal, in The MacLeod Symposium
"One's first inclination is to reject all of it out of hand as science fiction, imaginative speculation with no hard evidence; but, curiously,
if one is patient and hears out the story (Jaynes's style is irresistible) the arguments are not only entertaining but persuasive."
— George Adelman, in Library Journal
"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, in A Dictionary of Hallucinations