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Julian Jaynes Society Publications

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Julian Jaynes Collection

The Julian Jaynes Collection, Edited by Marcel Kuijsten
Julian Jaynes Society, 2012
Princeton University psychologist Julian Jaynes's revolutionary theory on the origin of consciousness or the "modern mind" remains as relevant and thought-provoking as when it was first proposed. Supported by recent discoveries in neuroscience, Jaynes's ideas force us to rethink conventional views of human history and psychology, and have profound implications for many aspects of modern life. Included in this volume are rare and never before seen articles, lectures, interviews, and in-depth discussions that both clear up misconceptions as well as extend Jaynes's theory into new areas such as the nature of the self, dreams, emotions, art, music, therapy, and the consequences and future of consciousness.

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Reflections on the Dawn of Consciousness: Julian Jaynes's Bicameral Mind Theory Revisited

Reflections on the Dawn of Consciousness: Julian Jaynes's Bicameral Mind Theory Revisited, Edited by Marcel Kuijsten
Julian Jaynes Society, 2007
"I have rarely read a manuscript that so eloquently and elegantly examines a complex and pervasive phenomenon. The contributors of this volume have integrated the concepts of psychology, anthropology, archaeology, theology, philosophy, the history of science, and modern neuroscience with such clarity it should be considered an essential text for any student of human experience." from the Foreword by Dr. Michael A. Persinger, Professor of Behavioral Neuroscience, Laurentian University

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The Minds of the Bible

The Minds of the Bible: Speculations on the Cultural Evolution of Human Consciousness, Rabbi James Cohn
Julian Jaynes Society, 2013
Two developments in the history of the Bible are deeply related, and not merely coincidental. One is the lamentation of the loss of the experience of hearing God's voice. The other is the rise of the language of introspection: an interiorized subjective dialogue with oneself. In our own time, we are acculturated from infancy on, to understand our mental life as a narratized interior mind-space in which we introspect in a ceaseless conversation with "ourselves." Our ancestors, however, were acculturated to understand their mental life in terms of obedient responses to auditory prompts ...

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Articles & Conference Proceedings

Abstracts from the 2013 Julian Jaynes Society Conference on Consciousness

Abstracts from the 2013 Julian Jaynes Society Conference on Consciousness and Bicameral Studies, Marcel Kuijsten and Rabbi James Cohn (eds.)
Julian Jaynes Society, 2013
Program and abstracts from the 2013 Julian Jaynes Society Conference on Consciousness and Bicameral Studies, June 5-8, 2013, Charleston, West Virginia. In June 2013, the 2013 Julian Jaynes Society Conference on Consciousness and Bicameral Studies was held in Charleston, West Virginia. This was the largest conference entirely dedicated to Julian Jaynes's theory on consciousness and the bicameral mind ever held. The multidisciplinary program featured 26 speakers over three full days, including keynote talks by Professor Roy Baumeister, Professor Merlin Donald, and Dr. Dirk Corstens. The conference brought together Jaynes enthusiasts from around the U.S. as well as Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Netherlands, Thailand, Turkey, and the United Kingdom.

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Elephants in the Psychology Department

Elephants in the Psychology Department:
Overcoming Intellectual Barriers to Understanding Julian Jaynes's Theory

Brian J. McVeigh, Ph.D.
In The Origin of Consciousness in the Breakdown of the Bicameral Mind (1976) Julian Jaynes presents a number of startling and controversial claims about the nature of psyche, specifically consciousness. His conclusions may ultimately be proven incorrect, partially correct, or entirely correct. However, before we can ...

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