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Julian Jaynes Society

September/October 2022

Dear Members and Friends of the Julian Jaynes Society,

We have a number of new items to tell you about:

We will be hosting a free, online 90-minute Q&A on Julian Jaynes’s theory plus Conversations on Consciousness and the Bicameral Mind book discussion on Saturday, November 5th at 1pm Pacific/4pm Eastern.

Boban Dedovic, Marcel Kuijsten, Brian McVeigh, Ted Remington, Bill Rowe, Jan Sleutels, and Laurence Sugarman will do their best to answer all of your questions about Jaynes’s theory or the new book. The event is free and open to everyone, but an RSVP is required. If you don’t have a webcam or microphone, you can type your questions in the chat. Learn more/RSVP:

After reading Jaynes’s book people often have many questions, for instance:

– How does Jaynes’s theory apply to child development?

– Do recent studies in neuroscience support Jaynes’s neurological model?

– What are some the critiques of the theory and how have they been countered?

– Do studies of modern voice hearers support Jaynes’s theory?

– Has evidence for bicameral mentality been discovered in other cultures?

– How did bicameral people construct the pyramids and other ancient structures?

In our latest book, Conversations on Consciousness and the Bicameral Mind: Interviews with Leading Thinkers on Julian Jaynes’s Theory, we attempt to answer these any many other questions about Jaynes’s theory, present the latest evidence, and extend the theory into new areas.

Whether you are new to Jaynes’s ideas or have been learning about them for many years, Conversations on Consciousness and the Bicameral Mind has something for everyone. It is now available from the Julian Jaynes Society, Amazon, Barnes & Noble and via special order from most bookstores.

Conversations on Consciousness and the Bicameral Mind

A big thank you to everyone that has already ordered the book, as well as to Dr. Phillip Kent, Patrick Garner, Patricia P., Philip Ardery, Gian Anello, and Julie D. for being among the first to post 5-star reviews.

If you’re already enjoyed the book, please help others discover it by writing a positive review on Amazon, Goodreads, or the Julian Jaynes Society website.

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New from the Julian Jaynes Society YouTube channel:

Julian Jaynes Interviewed on Hearing Voices

Julian Jaynes Interviewed on Hearing Voices
WHDH Boston Radio, Boston, MA
May 14, 1989

Listen on YouTube

Listen to the latest interview on Julian Jaynes’s theory, from the “Self Portraits As Other People” podcast:

Self Portraits As Other People

Julian Jaynes and the Origin of Consciousness
in the Breakdown of the Bicameral Mind
(EP 25)

New from the Julian Jaynes Society blog, read the latest post from Brian J. McVeigh:

The Myth of Pure Consciousness
The Myth of “Pure Consciousness”:
The Belief in a Fundamental Psychic Process Hinders Progress in Psychology

“I have often wondered why so many well-credentialed researchers continue to bark up the wrong tree in their quest to understand consciousness. Many reasons could be offered, but in a recent discussion …” Read more

JJS Blog

New for members! Log in or sign up to check out the latest Member Area updates:

Julian Jaynes - A Service in Celebration of His Life

Julian Jaynes – A Service in Celebration of His Life
First Unitarian Society, West Newton, MA
May 2, 1998

Includes commentary by Prof. Marcia Johnson, Prof. Don B. Rubin, Prof. William R. Woodward, Prof. Sam Glucksberg, Jim Beardsley, Walter Tower, and other friends of Julian Jaynes.

Not a member or did your membership lapse? Gain access to original content on Julian Jaynes’s theory while helping to support our mission by joining the Julian Jaynes Society. All memberships are tax-deductible contributions. We appreciate your support!

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We hope to see you at our online event November 5th! Sign-up now as space is limited.

Sincerely,

Marcel Kuijsten,
Executive Director

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Julian Jaynes Society August 2022 Newsletter

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August 2022

Dear Members and Friends of the Julian Jaynes Society,

We hope that you all had an enjoyable summer!

Earlier this month, actor and writer David Duchovny was a guest on HBO’s Real Time with Bill Maher. While interviewing Duchovny about his book, The Reservoir, Maher spontaneously claimed to “have a bicameral mind.” Duchovny then asked if he had read Jaynes’s The Origin of Consciousness in the Breakdown of the Bicameral Mind, and briefly explained the theory:

This brief mention of Jaynes’s book skyrocketed it to near “bestseller” status on Amazon and generated a great deal of additional interest in Julian Jaynes Society publications.

Duchovny may have first read Jaynes’s book while he was a student at Princeton University from 1978-1981. Jaynes was teaching his popular “Psychology of Consciousness” course at Princeton during this time.

It’s official! Our latest book, Conversations on Consciousness and the Bicameral Mind: Interviews with Leading Thinkers on Julian Jaynes’s Theory was published last week and is now available for immediate shipping from the Julian Jaynes Society as well as Amazon.com.

Conversations on Consciousness and the Bicameral Mind

International Jaynes enthusiasts: The book is now available on Amazon sites in the following countries:

Canada
France
Germany (also serving many nearby countries)
India
Italy
Japan
Mexico
Netherlands
Poland
Spain & Portugal
Sweden
United Kingdom, with additional locations coming soon.

You can also special order the book from many bookstores worldwide. If you order via a bookstore, please share your experience by replying to this e-mail.

A big thank you to everyone that pre-ordered the book, as well as to Dr. Phillip Kent, Patrick Garner, Patricia P. and Philip Ardery for being the first to post reviews of the book on the Julian Jaynes Society website and Amazon:

Five stars A wonderful addition to the literature. Well worth the money
“The title says it all. The book contains a series of interesting interviews by leading researchers in the field. Strongly recommended for all those wishing to learn more about Jayne’s theory, and research which supports it.” — Dr. Phillip Kent

Five stars Excellent addition
“Nicely edited, timely, compelling read. Easy 5 stars.” — Patrick Garner

Five stars Fascinating!
“Highly recommended for anyone interested in learning about Julian Jaynes’ fascinating ideas. … filled with a great deal of interesting insights, stimulating observations, and clarifications and extensions of the theory.” — Patricia P.

Five stars Boosted my Learning
Conversations enables any reader to get deeper insight into Jaynes’s work and its impacts. … Conversations does more than advocate and promote Jaynes’s ideas and document their widening influence. The book’s “Bicameral Mentality” section concludes with Kuijsten interviewing partial skeptic John Kihlstrom, emeritus cognitive social psychologist at University of California, Berkeley. Kihlstrom tells Kuijsten, “I accept two and a half of Jaynes’s four hypotheses,” and the respectful sparring of these two thinkers over 30+ pages yields many sharp insights and rich food for reflection.” — Philip Ardery

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We will be back next month with more news and updates!

Sincerely,

Marcel Kuijsten,
Executive Director

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Julian Jaynes Society July 2022 Newsletter

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Julian Jaynes Society

July 2022

Dear Members and Friends of the Julian Jaynes Society,

We have a number of exciting things to tell you about:

• We are now taking new orders for our latest book, Conversations on Consciousness and the Bicameral Mind. Thank you to everyone who pre-ordered! New orders will ship in approximately two weeks, after all of the pre-orders have been processed;

• We are pleased to announce that Dr. Clive Svendsen has joined the Julian Jaynes Society Science Advisory Board;

• Test your knowledge of Jaynes’s theory by taking our three new quizzes;

• Read Brian J. McVeigh’s latest blog post, “Consciousness Is the Word Preventing People from Understanding Jaynesian Psychology”;

• Watch new lecture previews on the JJS YouTube channel;

• We’ve recently added new lectures, articles, and a documentary to the JJS Member Area.

Read more below!

Sincerely,

Marcel Kuijsten,
Executive Director

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Now Available:
Conversations on Consciousness and the Bicameral Mind

Conversations on Consciousness and the Bicameral Mind

Clarifying and offering the latest evidence for Jaynes’s theory, the book includes interviews with Professor of Medicine Edoardo Casiglia, Professor of Psychology John Kihlstrom, Professor of Anthropology Tanya Luhrmann, Professor of Philosophy Jan Sleutels, Professor of Psychiatry Iris Sommer, Professor of Applied Psychophysiology Laurence Sugarman, and many others.

“Julian Jaynes was my teacher in the early 1960s. … Much psychological science since then points to the possibility that he was right. Right about consciousness, right about ancient history, right about evolution, right about language, even right about Homer. This volume begins to close the gap, bringing Jaynes’s brilliance to the attention and appreciation of the contemporary public.”
Martin Seligman, Professor of Psychology, University of Pennsylvania, and author of The Hope Circuit

Help support our mission by ordering directly from the Julian Jaynes Society!

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Dr. Clive Svendsen Joins the
Julian Jaynes Society Science Advisory Board

Dr Clive Svendsen

The Julian Jaynes Society is honored to welcome Dr. Clive Svendsen to the Science Advisory Board!

Dr. Clive Svendsen is a neuroscientist and stem cell biologist. He did his predoctoral training at Harvard University. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Cambridge in England, where he subsequently became a Welcome Fellow and established a laboratory focusing on stem cell research. He then moved to the University of Wisconsin in 2000 as Professor of Neurology and Anatomy and founded their Stem Cell and Regenerative Medicine Center. In 2010, he moved to Los Angeles and founded the Cedars-Sinai Board of Governors Regenerative Medicine Institute (RMI), which currently has 23 faculty members and over 120 staff. Dr. Svendsen has a long-standing interest in Julian Jaynes and began his career looking at post-mortem schizophrenic brain tissue and determining how the left and right hemispheres may drive aspects of the disease. Currently he is transplanting stem cells into the brain and spinal cord of patients with ALS in order to establish how neural transplants may be able to modify neuronal functioning and survival.

About the Society

New Quizzes!

Test your knowledge of Julian Jaynes’s theory by taking our new Basic Knowledge, Intermediate Concepts, and Advanced Concepts quizzes. We welcome your feedback!

JJS Quizzes

New From the JJS Blog

For many (mis)interpreters of Jaynes, the word consciousness acts as blank canvas upon which they draw and impose their own definitions of what they assume Jaynes meant by this term. The result is serious misunderstanding and a distortion of his arguments. … Read more

JJS Blog

New Lecture Previews

More Interviews & Lectures

New for members! Log in or sign up to check out the latest Member Area updates:

Watch Eric Alexander La Freniere’s lecture, “A Bicameral Semiotic: The Linguistic Sign as Image-Word Dyad”

• Watch a documentary on the search for uncontacted preliterate societies.

• Watch Part 8 of our most recent Member Q&A session.

• Read new articles related to Julian Jaynes’s theory.

Not a member or did your membership lapse? Gain access to original content on Julian Jaynes’s theory while helping to support our mission by joining the Julian Jaynes Society. All memberships are tax-deductible contributions. We appreciate your support!

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Julian Jaynes Society May/June 2022 Newsletter

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May/June 2022

Dear Members and Friends of the Julian Jaynes Society,

We have quite a few updates to tell you about:

• New on the JJS Blog, read Brian McVeigh’s latest post, where he explains why Jaynes’s theory is best understood as four separate hypotheses.

• Watch three new interviews covering many different aspects of Julian Jaynes’s theory and discussing our upcoming book.

• We’re just a month away from shipping the first copies of our latest hardcover book, Conversations on Consciousness and the Bicameral Mind, and continuing to take pre-orders. Pre-orders will ship throughout July and early August in the order they were received. Thank you to everyone that has already ordered their copy!

• We’ve recently added new lectures and many new articles to the JJS Member Area.

Read more below!

Sincerely,

Marcel Kuijsten,
Executive Director

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New From the JJS Blog

I first encountered Julian Jaynes’s The Origin of Consciousness in the Breakdown of the Bicameral Mind almost 45 years ago. Though the book made sense to me, I could see why people would reject its arguments. Nevertheless I assumed that once carefully explained, people may not agree but would at least be able to discern a certain logic behind Jaynesian psychology. How naïve I was. … Read more >

JJS Blog

New Interviews

Watch three new interviews discussing many different aspects of Julian Jaynes’s theory and our new book, Conversations on Consciousness and the Bicameral Mind:

Julian Jaynes Bicameral Mind Theory
Julian Jaynes’s Bicameral Mind Theory
The True Life Podcast

Consciousness, Cognition, and Free Will
Consciousness, Cognition, and Free Will: A Jaynesian Perspective
The Savvy Street Show

Your Inner Voice Is Learned
Your Inner Voice Is Learned
The Happy Brain Podcast
Listen to the Full Interview

More Interviews & Lectures

Pre-Order Conversations on Consciousness and the Bicameral Mind

Conversations on Consciousness and the Bicameral Mind

Be the first to read our latest book on Julian Jaynes’s theory by pre-ordering your copy today! Pre-orders will ship throughout July and early August in the order they were received.

All JJS pre-orders will include two free bonus articles: Brian McVeigh’s “The Psychology of Romanticism & Modern Art: A Jaynesian Interpretation of the Inward Turn” and Ross Maxwell’s “Eternal Rome: Subjective Consciousness and Immortality.” Links will be sent to download the bonus material shortly before the book ships.

View the full table of contents

Advanced Praise for Conversations on Consciousness and the Bicameral Mind

“Julian Jaynes was my teacher in the early 1960s. … Much psychological science since then points to the possibility that he was right. Right about consciousness, right about ancient history, right about evolution, right about language, even right about Homer. This volume begins to close the gap, bringing Jaynes’s brilliance to the attention and appreciation of the contemporary public.”
Martin Seligman, Professor of Psychology, University of Pennsylvania, and author of The Hope Circuit

“… A marvel of collective scholarship across multiple disciplines. … In this book, you will hear the voices of the most open-minded scholars of our generation.”
William R. Woodward, Professor Emertius of Psychology, University of New Hampshire, and author of Hermann Lotze: An Intellectual Biography

“Rich with ideas and fertile speculations, this outstanding collection of expert interviews advances the revolutionary work of the psychologist Julian Jaynes.”
Richard Rhodes, Pulitzer Prize Laureate for The Making of the Atomic Bomb

“… It is time for a new generation of … deep thinkers at the heart of every discipline to rediscover Julian Jaynes’s tantalizing hypotheses concerning the origin and nature of human consciousness. This collection of interviews … will enable contemporary readers to understand why Jaynes’s style of inquiry remains as captivating and compelling as ever — and as provocative and controversial. Reader: take the plunge, and join the conversation!”
Christian Y. Dupont, Ph.D., Associate University Librarian for Collections and Burns Librarian, Boston College, and author of Phenomenology in French Philosophy

“… Conversations on Consciousness and the Bicameral Mind helps us understand humanity’s development of consciousness over millennia, as well as how we learn it in our first years of life.”
Loretta Graziano Breuning, Ph.D., author of Habits of a Happy Brain and Status Games

Pre-Order Your Copy

New for members! Log in or sign up to check out the latest Member Area updates:

Watch Professor Terryl Atkins’s lecture, “Picturing Thinking: Externalization of the Images of Mind in a Darkened Space” (Cave Art and Julian Jaynes’s Theory)

Read new articles on consciousness and language, the bicameral mind, non-conscious mental processes, Homeric psychology, conceptions of consciousness in ancient Greece, and much more.

Not a member or did your membership lapse? Gain access to original content on Julian Jaynes’s theory while helping to support our mission by joining the Julian Jaynes Society. All memberships are tax-deductible contributions. We appreciate your support!

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May/June 2022

Dear Members and Friends of the Julian Jaynes Society,

We have quite a few updates to tell you about:

• New on the JJS Blog, read Brian McVeigh’s latest post, where he explains why Jaynes’s theory is best understood as four separate hypotheses.

• Watch three new interviews covering many different aspects of Julian Jaynes’s theory and discussing our upcoming book.

• We’re just a month away from shipping the first copies of our latest hardcover book, Conversations on Consciousness and the Bicameral Mind, and continuing to take pre-orders. Pre-orders will ship throughout July and early August in the order they were received. Thank you to everyone that has already ordered their copy!

• We’ve recently added new lectures and many new articles to the JJS Member Area.

Read more below!

Sincerely,

Marcel Kuijsten,
Executive Director

Julian Jaynes Society logo divider

New From the JJS Blog

I first encountered Julian Jaynes’s The Origin of Consciousness in the Breakdown of the Bicameral Mind almost 45 years ago. Though the book made sense to me, I could see why people would reject its arguments. Nevertheless I assumed that once carefully explained, people may not agree but would at least be able to discern a certain logic behind Jaynesian psychology. How naïve I was. … Read more >

JJS Blog

New Interviews

Watch three new interviews discussing many different aspects of Julian Jaynes’s theory and our new book, Conversations on Consciousness and the Bicameral Mind:

Julian Jaynes Bicameral Mind Theory
Julian Jaynes’s Bicameral Mind Theory
The True Life Podcast

Consciousness, Cognition, and Free Will
Consciousness, Cognition, and Free Will: A Jaynesian Perspective
The Savvy Street Show

Your Inner Voice Is Learned
Your Inner Voice Is Learned
The Happy Brain Podcast
Listen to the Full Interview

More Interviews & Lectures

Pre-Order Conversations on Consciousness and the Bicameral Mind

Conversations on Consciousness and the Bicameral Mind

Be the first to read our latest book on Julian Jaynes’s theory by pre-ordering your copy today! Pre-orders will ship throughout July and early August in the order they were received.

All JJS pre-orders will include two free bonus articles: Brian McVeigh’s “The Psychology of Romanticism & Modern Art: A Jaynesian Interpretation of the Inward Turn” and Ross Maxwell’s “Eternal Rome: Subjective Consciousness and Immortality.” Links will be sent to download the bonus material shortly before the book ships.

View the full table of contents

Advanced Praise for Conversations on Consciousness and the Bicameral Mind

“Julian Jaynes was my teacher in the early 1960s. … Much psychological science since then points to the possibility that he was right. Right about consciousness, right about ancient history, right about evolution, right about language, even right about Homer. This volume begins to close the gap, bringing Jaynes’s brilliance to the attention and appreciation of the contemporary public.”
Martin Seligman, Professor of Psychology, University of Pennsylvania, and author of The Hope Circuit

“… A marvel of collective scholarship across multiple disciplines. … In this book, you will hear the voices of the most open-minded scholars of our generation.”
William R. Woodward, Professor Emertius of Psychology, University of New Hampshire, and author of Hermann Lotze: An Intellectual Biography

“Rich with ideas and fertile speculations, this outstanding collection of expert interviews advances the revolutionary work of the psychologist Julian Jaynes.”
Richard Rhodes, Pulitzer Prize Laureate for The Making of the Atomic Bomb

“… It is time for a new generation of … deep thinkers at the heart of every discipline to rediscover Julian Jaynes’s tantalizing hypotheses concerning the origin and nature of human consciousness. This collection of interviews … will enable contemporary readers to understand why Jaynes’s style of inquiry remains as captivating and compelling as ever — and as provocative and controversial. Reader: take the plunge, and join the conversation!”
Christian Y. Dupont, Ph.D., Associate University Librarian for Collections and Burns Librarian, Boston College, and author of Phenomenology in French Philosophy

“… Conversations on Consciousness and the Bicameral Mind helps us understand humanity’s development of consciousness over millennia, as well as how we learn it in our first years of life.”
Loretta Graziano Breuning, Ph.D., author of Habits of a Happy Brain and Status Games

Pre-Order Your Copy

New for members! Log in or sign up to check out the latest Member Area updates:

Watch Professor Terryl Atkins’s lecture, “Picturing Thinking: Externalization of the Images of Mind in a Darkened Space” (Cave Art and Julian Jaynes’s Theory)

Read new articles on consciousness and language, the bicameral mind, non-conscious mental processes, Homeric psychology, conceptions of consciousness in ancient Greece, and much more.

Not a member or did your membership lapse? Gain access to original content on Julian Jaynes’s theory while helping to support our mission by joining the Julian Jaynes Society. All memberships are tax-deductible contributions. We appreciate your support!

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May/June 2022

Dear Members and Friends of the Julian Jaynes Society,

We have quite a few updates to tell you about:

• New on the JJS Blog, read Brian McVeigh’s latest post, where he explains why Jaynes’s theory is best understood as four separate hypotheses.

• Watch three new interviews covering many different aspects of Julian Jaynes’s theory and discussing our upcoming book.

• We’re just a month away from shipping the first copies of our latest hardcover book, Conversations on Consciousness and the Bicameral Mind, and continuing to take pre-orders. Pre-orders will ship throughout July and early August in the order they were received. Thank you to everyone that has already ordered their copy!

• We’ve recently added new lectures and many new articles to the JJS Member Area.

Read more below!

Sincerely,

Marcel Kuijsten,
Executive Director

Julian Jaynes Society logo divider

New From the JJS Blog

I first encountered Julian Jaynes’s The Origin of Consciousness in the Breakdown of the Bicameral Mind almost 45 years ago. Though the book made sense to me, I could see why people would reject its arguments. Nevertheless I assumed that once carefully explained, people may not agree but would at least be able to discern a certain logic behind Jaynesian psychology. How naïve I was. … Read more >

JJS Blog

New Interviews

Watch three new interviews discussing many different aspects of Julian Jaynes’s theory and our new book, Conversations on Consciousness and the Bicameral Mind:

Julian Jaynes Bicameral Mind Theory
Julian Jaynes’s Bicameral Mind Theory
The True Life Podcast

Consciousness, Cognition, and Free Will
Consciousness, Cognition, and Free Will: A Jaynesian Perspective
The Savvy Street Show

Your Inner Voice Is Learned
Your Inner Voice Is Learned
The Happy Brain Podcast
Listen to the Full Interview

More Interviews & Lectures

Pre-Order Conversations on Consciousness and the Bicameral Mind

Conversations on Consciousness and the Bicameral Mind

Be the first to read our latest book on Julian Jaynes’s theory by pre-ordering your copy today! Pre-orders will ship throughout July and early August in the order they were received.

All JJS pre-orders will include two free bonus articles: Brian McVeigh’s “The Psychology of Romanticism & Modern Art: A Jaynesian Interpretation of the Inward Turn” and Ross Maxwell’s “Eternal Rome: Subjective Consciousness and Immortality.” Links will be sent to download the bonus material shortly before the book ships.

View the full table of contents

Advanced Praise for Conversations on Consciousness and the Bicameral Mind

“Julian Jaynes was my teacher in the early 1960s. … Much psychological science since then points to the possibility that he was right. Right about consciousness, right about ancient history, right about evolution, right about language, even right about Homer. This volume begins to close the gap, bringing Jaynes’s brilliance to the attention and appreciation of the contemporary public.”
Martin Seligman, Professor of Psychology, University of Pennsylvania, and author of The Hope Circuit

“… A marvel of collective scholarship across multiple disciplines. … In this book, you will hear the voices of the most open-minded scholars of our generation.”
William R. Woodward, Professor Emertius of Psychology, University of New Hampshire, and author of Hermann Lotze: An Intellectual Biography

“Rich with ideas and fertile speculations, this outstanding collection of expert interviews advances the revolutionary work of the psychologist Julian Jaynes.”
Richard Rhodes, Pulitzer Prize Laureate for The Making of the Atomic Bomb

“… It is time for a new generation of … deep thinkers at the heart of every discipline to rediscover Julian Jaynes’s tantalizing hypotheses concerning the origin and nature of human consciousness. This collection of interviews … will enable contemporary readers to understand why Jaynes’s style of inquiry remains as captivating and compelling as ever — and as provocative and controversial. Reader: take the plunge, and join the conversation!”
Christian Y. Dupont, Ph.D., Associate University Librarian for Collections and Burns Librarian, Boston College, and author of Phenomenology in French Philosophy

“… Conversations on Consciousness and the Bicameral Mind helps us understand humanity’s development of consciousness over millennia, as well as how we learn it in our first years of life.”
Loretta Graziano Breuning, Ph.D., author of Habits of a Happy Brain and Status Games

Pre-Order Your Copy

New for members! Log in or sign up to check out the latest Member Area updates:

Watch Professor Terryl Atkins’s lecture, “Picturing Thinking: Externalization of the Images of Mind in a Darkened Space” (Cave Art and Julian Jaynes’s Theory)

Read new articles on consciousness and language, the bicameral mind, non-conscious mental processes, Homeric psychology, conceptions of consciousness in ancient Greece, and much more.

Not a member or did your membership lapse? Gain access to original content on Julian Jaynes’s theory while helping to support our mission by joining the Julian Jaynes Society. All memberships are tax-deductible contributions. We appreciate your support!

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Julian Jaynes Society Spring 2022 Newsletter

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Spring 2022

Dear Members and Friends of the Julian Jaynes Society,

We are excited to announce that our latest hardcover book, Conversations on Consciousness and the Bicameral Mind is now available for pre-order.

Two years in the making, the book will initially be available exclusively from the Julian Jaynes Society. Ordering the book directly from the Julian Jaynes Society helps us to fund not only this project, but all of our important work advancing and promoting Julian Jaynes’s theory. We greatly appreciate your support! The book will be available internationally through other outlets later this year.

All Julian Jaynes Society pre-orders will include two free bonus articles: Brian McVeigh’s “The Psychology of Romanticism & Modern Art: A Jaynesian Interpretation of the Inward Turn” and Ross Maxwell’s “Eternal Rome: Subjective Consciousness and Immortality.”

Pre-orders will begin shipping in the order they were received in approximately 90 days. Take advantage of free U.S. shipping on the first 100 orders!

Read more about the new book, the latest from the JJS blog, and the latest updates to the Member Area below.

Sincerely,

Marcel Kuijsten,
Executive Director

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New Book!
Conversations on Consciousness and the Bicameral Mind

Conversations on Consciousness and the Bicameral Mind

How old is consciousness? What is the relationship of consciousness and language? What is the origin of god beliefs and religion? Why do people hear voices that command their behavior? These are just a few of the fascinating questions posed by Princeton University psychologist Julian Jaynes’s influential and controversial theory and discussed in this book. A treasure trove of provocative ideas, Conversations on Consciousness and the Bicameral Mind explains, extends, clarifies, and presents the latest evidence for Jaynes’s theory in a series of highly engaging interviews with both voice-hearers and leading thinkers on the theory.

Included are interviews with:

  • Sanne Brederoo, Researcher and healthcare psychologist, the Netherlands
  • Elisabeth Bell Carroll, Author and voice hearer
  • Edoardo Casiglia, Professor of Medicine, University of Padova, Italy
  • Rabbi James Cohn, Author and Biblical and Jaynesian scholar
  • Dirk Corstens, Psychiatrist working with voice-hearers, the Netherlands
  • Boban Dedovic, Interdisciplinary researcher, Department of Humanities, University of Chicago
  • Sandra Escher, Mental health advocate and hearing voices researcher, the Netherlands
  • Todd Gibson, Scholar of Tibetan Studies
  • John Kihlstrom, Professor Emeritus of Psychology, University of California, Berkeley
  • Michel Knols, Voice hearer and counselor, the Netherlands
  • Marcel Kuijsten, Founder and Executive Director of the Julian Jaynes Society
  • Tanya Luhrmann, Professor of Anthropology, Stanford University
  • Brian McVeigh, Anthropologist, mental health counselor, and Jaynesian scholar
  • Ted Remington, Professor, speaker, and rhetorician
  • Marius Romme, Psychiatrist and founder of the Hearing Voices Movement, the Netherlands
  • Bill Rowe, Researcher, speaker, and Jaynesian scholar
  • Jan Sleutels, Professor of Philosophy, University of Leiden, the Netherlands
  • Iris Sommer, Professor of Psychiatry, University Medical Center Groningen
  • Laurence Sugarman, Research Professor & Director, Rochester Institute of Technology

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Advanced Praise for Conversations on Consciousness and the Bicameral Mind

“Julian Jaynes was my teacher in the early 1960s. … Much psychological science since then points to the possibility that he was right. Right about consciousness, right about ancient history, right about evolution, right about language, even right about Homer. This volume begins to close the gap, bringing Jaynes’s brilliance to the attention and appreciation of the contemporary public.”
Martin Seligman, Professor of Psychology, University of Pennsylvania, and author of The Hope Circuit

“… A marvel of collective scholarship across multiple disciplines. … In this book, you will hear the voices of the most open-minded scholars of our generation.”
William R. Woodward, Professor Emertius of Psychology, The University of New Hampshire, and author of Hermann Lotze: An Intellectual Biography

“Rich with ideas and fertile speculations, this outstanding collection of expert interviews advances the revolutionary work of the psychologist Julian Jaynes.”
Richard Rhodes, Pulitzer Prize Laureate for The Making of the Atomic Bomb

“… It is time for a new generation of … deep thinkers at the heart of every discipline to rediscover Julian Jaynes’s tantalizing hypotheses concerning the origin and nature of human consciousness. This collection of interviews … will enable contemporary readers to understand why Jaynes’s style of inquiry remains as captivating and compelling as ever — and as provocative and controversial. Reader: take the plunge, and join the conversation!”
Christian Y. Dupont, Ph.D., Associate University Librarian for Collections and Burns Librarian, Boston College, and author of Phenomenology in French Philosophy: Early Encounters

“… Conversations on Consciousness and the Bicameral Mind helps us understand humanity’s development of consciousness over millennia, as well as how we learn it in our first years of life.”
Loretta Graziano Breuning, Ph.D., author of Habits of a Happy Brain and Status Games

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Science makes progress when it differentiates, discriminates, and separates out from the messy stuff we call reality what we can carefully classify, categorize, and singularize. If our taxonomy is not clear knowledge does not advance since the defining qualities of different properties, processes, and behaviors become confused. Consider psychology’s idiom that does not always distinguish between visual perceptual experiences and mental images. The latter can be defined as introspectable, conscious representations of things that are not actually present. … Read more >

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November/December 2021

Dear Members and Friends of the Julian Jaynes Society,

We hope you had an enjoyable holiday season! Here are the latest updates from the Julian Jaynes Society:

• Watch two new interviews with Brian McVeigh on Julian Jaynes’s theory: “Dr. Brian McVeigh on Julian Jaynes” and “Applications of Jaynesian Theory to Psychology and the Origin of Religion”;

• New for Members: Read a newly discovered interview with Julian Jaynes; watch John Hainly’s lecture, “A Missing Piece of the Puzzle: Jaynes and the Psychology of Religion,” read new related articles, and much more.

• In the coming months we will begin taking pre-orders for our new book, Conversations on Consciousness and the Bicameral Mind… please stay tuned! In the meantime, catch up on other Julian Jaynes Society publications and digital audio programs.

Sincerely,

Marcel Kuijsten,
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Read a newly discovered interview with Julian Jaynes!

Watch John Hainly’s lecture, “A Missing Piece of the Puzzle: Jaynes and the Psychology of Religion”

Plus new articles on the parallel evolution of language and auditory hallucinations, the relationship of thought and language, the guiding voices of children’s imaginary companions, the development of consciousness in childhood, and more.

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Dear Members and Friends of the Julian Jaynes Society,

Here is the latest news from the Julian Jaynes Society, as we work to put the finishing touches on our latest book Conversations on Consciousness and the Bicameral Mind:

• Read the latest post from Brian McVeigh: “Disentangling Inner Speech, Self-dialogue, and Auditory Hallucinations”;

• Watch the latest lecture previews on YouTube;

• New for Members: Listen to a new lecture, “The Origin of Consciousness,” by Julian Jaynes; watch Carole Brooks Platt’s lecture, “The Right Mind of the Poet” and Martin Kommor’s lecture, “The Role of Self-Reflection (and Reflective Supervision) in the Development of Psychiatric Residents,” read new related articles, and much more.

Sincerely,

Marcel Kuijsten,
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How are inner speech, self-dialogue, auditory imagery, and hallucinations related? And what exactly are hallucinations? Some have suggested that hallucinations are caused by a monitoring defect in inner speech … Such a claim, however, ignores the overwhelming evidence concerning hallucinations before about 1000 BCE. Any theoretical linkage must take into account one crucial datum: hallucinations were central to normal sociopsychological functioning. The ubiquity and important role of hallucinations in the ancient world as a mechanism for social control (until about the first millennium BCE). … Read more >

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Plus new articles and dissertations supporting Jaynes’s theory, a new lecture on the philosophical implications of the split-brain experiments, an interview on neuroimaging auditory hallucinations, new conference lectures, and much more.

Coming next month: A new interview with Julian Jaynes.

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Dear Members and Friends of the Julian Jaynes Society,

We hope that you are all enjoying your summer. Here are the latest updates:

• We are pleased to announce that Professor Martin Seligman has joined the Julian Jaynes Society Science Advisory Board;

• Read the latest posts from Brian McVeigh: Has Human Mentality Changed?”, Parts 1 & 2;

• New for Members: Watch Elisabeth Bell Carroll’s lecture, “A Vestige of the Bicameral Mind in the Modern World” and Professor Clay McNearney’s lecture, “Robert Bellah and Julian Jaynes: An Imagined Conversation;” read articles that support Jaynes’s theory on split-brain research, the development of consciousness in children, and more.

• Coming in September: A new audio lecture by Julian Jaynes, and much more…

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Marcel Kuijsten,
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Professor Martin Seligman

The Julian Jaynes Society is honored to welcome Professor Martin Seligman to the Science Advisory Board!

Martin E.P. Seligman is the Zellerbach Family Professor of Psychology and Director of the Positive Psychology Center at the University of Pennsylvania, where he focuses on positive psychology, learned helplessness, prospection, optimism and positive education. He is a best-selling author of several books, including Flourish. His most recent book is The Hope Circuit, his autobiography. He received the American Psychological Society’s William James Fellow Award for basic science, the Cattell Award for the application of science, and three Lifetime Distinguished Scientist awards from the American Psychological Association. In 1996, Seligman was elected President of the American Psychological Association by the largest vote in modern history. His mission is the attempt to transform social science to work on the best things in life – strengths, positive emotion, good relationships, meaning, and human flourishing.

Professor Seligman attended Julian Jaynes’s course on consciousness while an undergraduate student at Princeton University and he has maintained a long standing interest in Julian Jaynes’s theory.

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The media and scientific journals give much attention to “neuroplasticity” (the brain’s innate ability to form and reorganize synaptic connections in response to learning or injury), “neurodiversity” (variations in the brain regarding sociability, learning, attention, mood, and other various mental functions), “neurotypical,” and “neuroatypical.” … Read more >

In Part 1 of “Has Human Mentality Changed?” I discussed how the contributions of Julian Jaynes bolster a radical neuroplastic understanding of the mind. Here I want to explore some of the implications of psychic diversity. … Read more >

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