About the Julian Jaynes Society

Founded in 1997, the Julian Jaynes Society is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization (tax ID # 85-2704191) focused on advancing, promoting, and fostering discussion of the life, work, and theories of Julian Jaynes (1920-1997), specifically his theory of the origin of consciousness and a previous mentality called the bicameral mind, and its modern-day implications.

The society was formed in 1997 shortly after the death of Julian Jaynes, with the initial goals of bringing together those interested in his ideas and locating Jaynes’s unpublished writings. Over the past two decades, the Julian Jaynes Society has grown tremendously and now helps promote Julian Jaynes’s theory in a variety of ways, including:

  • Publishing books and articles (both print and electronic) relevant to Jaynes’s theory of consciousness and the bicameral mind.
  • Maintaining a Member Area with exclusive Jaynes-related articles, audio & video lectures and interviews, book reviews, member essays, e-books, correspondence, newspaper archives, and more.
  • Publishing a newsletter, The Jaynesian, with relevant essays, book reviews, and announcements.
  • Publishing digital download audio lectures by Julian Jaynes as well as lectures of others discussing his theory.
  • Organizing events, such as the Julian Jaynes Society Conference on Consciousness and Bicameral Studies, the largest conference ever held on Julian Jaynes’s theory.
  • Promoting the Julian Jaynes’s theory on social media.
  • Maintaining a public Discussion Forum.
  • Organizing Jaynes-related speaker sessions and workshops at consciousness conferences.
  • Encouraging and promoting the publication of books and articles on Julian Jaynes’s theory by other scholars.
  • Promoting the Julian Jaynes Conference on Consciousness organized by Prof. Scott Greer at the University of Prince Edward Island in 2006 and 2008.
  • Reviewing drafts of articles and manuscripts on Jaynes’s theory for authors to help ensure their accuracy.

About the Executive Director

Marcel Kuijsten

Marcel Kuijsten is Founder and Executive Director of the Julian Jaynes Society. He is editor of three books on Jaynes’s theory: Gods, Voices, and the Bicameral MindThe Julian Jaynes Collection, and Reflections on the Dawn of Consciousness. He is co-editor (with Brian McVeigh) of and regular contributor to The Jaynesian, the newsletter of the Julian Jaynes Society. He co-chaired (with Rabbi James Cohn) The Julian Jaynes Society Conference on Consciousness and Bicameral Studies, and has also spoken on Jaynes’s theory at the Julian Jaynes Conference on Consciousness at the University of Prince Edward Island and the Science of Consciousness conference in Tucson, Arizona. Interviews with Marcel Kuijsten have appeared on the BBC, Red Ice Radio, the Evolution Institute/This View of Life podcast, 52 Living Ideas, Astraea Magazine & podcast, Blood Rites by Jimmy Lee Shreeve and New Therapist magazine.

Senior Researchers

Boban Dedović

Boban Dedović (Ancient Languages), Division of the Humanities Department, University of Chicago
Boban Dedović is an interdisciplinary Croatian-American technologist and researcher. As an undergraduate, he studied Religions of Antiquity and Psychology at the University of Maryland, College Park. His senior seminar work won the University’s competitive Library Award for Research, which was focused on a Sumerian afterlife myth named ‘Inanna’s Descent to the Netherworld.’ Dedović also worked in the field of software development for over ten years, starting and growing several funded technology companies. He founded and serves as the Executive Director of the OMNIKA Foundation, which is a Nevada based nonprofit focused on indexing and making available the world’s mythological stories. His research at the University of Chicago focuses on better understanding the operational basis of human intelligence via humanity’s oldest written records.

Brian J. McVeigh

Brian J. McVeigh, Ph.D. (Anthropology), M.S., Licensed Mental Health Counselor
Brian J. McVeigh attended the State University of New York at Albany, from where he received his B.A., M.A., and M.S. He was awarded his Ph.D. from Princeton University where he was a student of Julian Jaynes. A specialist on Japanese culture, he lived, researched, and worked in Asia for almost 17 years. He has published widely on Jaynesian psychology: “Elephants in the Psychology Department” (in Gods, Voices, and the Bicameral Mind); “Humility as a Profession: A Memorial to Julian Jaynes” (in The Julian Jaynes Collection); and “The Self as Interiorized Social Relations” (in Reflections on the Dawn of Consciousness); A Psychohistory of Metaphors; How Religion Evolved: Explaining the Living Dead, Talking Idols, and Mesmerizing Monuments; The “Other” Psychology of Julian Jaynes: Ancient Languages, Sacred Visions, and Forgotten Mentalities; The Psychology of the Bible: Explaining Divine Voices and Visions; and The Self-healing Mind: Harnessing the Active of Ingredients of Psychotherapy.

Academic Advisors

Michael Carr

Michael Carr, Ph.D. (Sinology), Otaru University of Commerce, Japan (retired)
Michael Carr retired from teaching at Otaru University of Commerce in Japan and works as a freelance translator in Hawaii. He has published extensively on Chinese and Japanese linguistics and lexicography, including the New Japanese-English Character Dictionary. He has also published a series of articles on the evidence for bicameralism in ancient China. His article “The Shi ‘Corpse/Personator’ Ceremony in Early China” appears in Reflections on the Dawn of Consciousness.

Scott Greer

Scott Greer, Ph.D. (Psychology), Department of Psychology, University of Prince Edward Island
Scott Greer is Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Psychology at the University of Prince Edward Island. He is also Editor for the Canadian Psychological Association journal, the and Philosophy of Psychology Bulletin, and is coordinator for the Julian Jaynes Conference on Consciousness. Dr. Greer has published over a dozen articles on the history and theory of psychology, with particular emphasis on the history of self research and psychoanalysis. He has published two articles on Jaynes’s theory: “A Knowing Noos and a Slippery Psyche” (in Reflections on the Dawn of Consciousness) and “The Last Modern Psychologist: Julian Jaynes’ Search for Consciousness in the Natural World” (in the Journal of Cognition and Neuroethics). He organized the Julian Jaynes Conference of Consciousness in 2006 and 2008 and spoke on Jaynes’s theory at the Toward A Science of Consciousness Conference.

John Hainly

John Hainly, M.A. (Philosophy), Department of English & Philosophy, Southern University
John Hainly is Instructor of Philosophy at Southern University. He specialized in Philosophy of History and is interested in Philosophy of Religion, Culture, Science & Technology, as well as Psychology of Religion. He has spoken on Jaynes’s theory at The Julian Jaynes Society Conference on Consciousness and Bicameral Studies, the Julian Jaynes Conference on Consciousness, and the Toward A Science of Consciousness Conference.

Jan Sleutels

Jan Sleutels, Ph.D. (Philosophy), Department Philosophy, Leiden University, Netherlands
Jan Sleutels is Professor of Philosophy at Leiden University. His teaching and research interests include metaphysics, philosophy of mind, and media philosophy. His article “Greek Zombies” appears in Reflections on the Dawn of Consciousness, and he has spoken on Jaynes’s theory at The Julian Jaynes Society Conference on Consciousness and Bicameral Studies, Julian Jaynes Conference on Consciousness in 2006, and the Toward A Science of Consciousness Conference in 2008 and 2009.