Julian Jaynes’s Theory
For questions specific to theory please see
- The Julian Jaynes Collection, in which Julian Jaynes addresses over 100 questions about the theory;
- Myths vs. Facts and Critiques and Responses in the About the Theory section;
- and the Discussion Forum.
If your question isn’t addressed in any of these places, please feel free to post a question in the Discussion Forum or send us an e-mail.
Membership and Passwords
Q: I am a paid subscriber to the Member’s Area and I lost my password, how can I retrieve it?
A: Your password is contained in the welcome e-mail you received from the Julian Jaynes Society. If you can’t locate your welcome e-mail, simply enter the e-mail that you used to sign up on the Password Reset page, and you will receive a link to reset your password. If you’re still having problems logging in, please contact us.
Q: I lost my password to the free public-area Discussion Forum, how I can I retrieve it?
A: Passwords for the Discussion Forum are encrypted and stored in the forum database, and can only be reset by users via e-mail. Simply go to the forum page, click on “Login” and then “I forgot my password.” Enter the e-mail address you used to sign up for the forum, and the forum will send you a link to reset your password. Your password is also in the activation e-mail you received when you first signed up for the forum.
Q: Is Julian Jaynes’s The Origin of Consciousness in the Breakdown of the Bicameral Mind available for the Kindle, Nook, or other e-readers?
A: Yes, The Origin of Consciousness in the Breakdown of the Bicameral Mind was published for both Kindle and Nook in 2012.
Q: Is Julian Jaynes’s The Origin of Consciousness in the Breakdown of the Bicameral Mind available as an audiobook?
A: Yes, The Origin of Consciousness in the Breakdown of the Bicameral Mind was published as an audiobook 2015, and is available as an MP3 CD from Amazon.com and Barnes and Noble, as well as a digital download from iTunes and from Audible.com
Q: Are the Julian Jaynes Society books available for the Kindle, Nook, or other e-readers?
A: Yes, the Julian Jaynes Society publications are now available on the Amazon Kindle, Google Play, and Kobo platforms. The digital version of Reflections on the Dawn of Consciousness was published in December 2013. Gods, Voices, and the Bicameral Mind was published in February 2019. The digital version of The Julian Jaynes Collection was published in March 2019.
Q: Does the Society publish a journal?
A: The Julian Jaynes Society publishes a newsletter called The Jaynesian. Instructions for submitting essays and other items of interest can be found on the Newsletter page.
Article and Manuscript Review
Q: I am writing an article related to Jaynes’s theory, can you provide comments or suggestions?
A: Yes, we are happy to comment on drafts of essays, articles, or book chapters related to Jaynes’s theory. Please see the Contact page.
Q: Are there any doctoral graduate programs in psychology, philosophy, anthropology, etc. where I can study Jaynes’s theory?
A: While we don’t know of any professors at this time that have both a strong interest in Jaynes’s theory and are currently associated with a university program accepting Ph.D. students, there are a few options to consider. The first is to find a professor in a mainstream graduate program that is researching a related topic, even if they are not directly interested in (or familiar with) Jaynes’s theory. Once you are in the program, hopefully they will be open-minded to you doing a dissertation on some aspect of Jaynes’s theory. In some cases you may have to postpone research directly related to Jaynes’s theory until after graduation, but you should be able to do something in a related area. The second option is to pursue your degree from a smaller private university. They tend to be less rigid and more open to controversial theories and topics such as consciousness studies. Private universities with related programs include the Philosophy-Neurosciences-Psychology interdisciplinary program at Washington University in St. Louis, John F. Kennedy University, the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology, Saybrook University, and the California Institute of Integral Studies. If you know of other programs, please let us know. Both options have pros and cons. The important thing is to map out your career goals and make sure that your choice of program will lead to fulfilling career options after graduation.
Answers to additional questions can be found on the Discussion Forum.