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Julian Jaynes: Introducing His Life and Thought

William R. Woodward and June Tower
In Marcel Kuijsten (ed.), Reflections on the Dawn of Consciousness: Julian Jaynes's Bicameral Mind Theory Revisited (Julian Jaynes Society, 2006).


... In West Newton, Julian grew up in the big family home where he was born, a house that the congregation had built for the Rev. Jaynes in 1895. Julian once told an interviewer: "What some would think a disadvantage, growing up in a fatherless home, didn't seem so at the time. There was a single parent and a father was spiritually present, so to speak, and he didn't have any faults because he wasn't there to show them." His father's possessions stayed in the house, along with stories to go with them. On the third floor, the Rev. Jaynes's study contained 48 volumes of his sermons that his son Julian delved into for many years. ...