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Julian Jaynes Society July/August 2021 Newsletter


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Julian Jaynes Society July/August 2021 Newsletter
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Julian Jaynes Society

July/August 2021

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…


Marcel Kuijsten,
Executive Director

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Professor Martin Seligman Joins the
Julian Jaynes Society Science Advisory Board

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.

About the Society

New From the JJS Blog

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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Marcel Kuijsten

Marcel Kuijsten is the Founder and Executive Director of the Julian Jaynes Society.

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