Julian Jaynes Society June 2021 Newsletter


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Julian Jaynes Society June 2021 Newsletter
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June 2021

Dear Members and Friends of the Julian Jaynes Society,

We’re currently hard at work finishing up our latest book, Conversations on Consciousness and the Bicameral Mind, due out this fall. Please stay tuned…

New this month, read the latest blog posts from Brian McVeigh: “Putting Julian Jaynes’s Theory to the Test” and “The Presence of an Absent Father.”

And new this month for members: Watch Dr. Dirk Corsten’s lecture “The Origins of Voices” and a rare documentary on the brain featuring Julian Jaynes. Also: New articles and dissertations on hearing voices, language and consciousness, split-brain research, and more.

Finally, please join us on Thursday, July 8th for the next installment of the Julian Jaynes Society Interview Series, where we’ll be speaking with Professor William Woodward on Julian Jaynes’s life.


Marcel Kuijsten,
Executive Director

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New From the JJS Blog

It is easy to forget that the Newtonian, Darwinian, and Einsteinian intellectual edifices were built over many years, painstakingly solidified brick by brick through batteries of well-designed experiments and careful analyses. Science is the sturdy house that such patient construction continually erects. Consider the work of Julian Jaynes. Over the years I have heard many say “it’s an interesting theory but it can’t be proved.” … Read more >

While giving a talk some years ago at a conference about Julian Jaynes on Prince Edward Island in Canada, a member of the audience asked if I thought that the loss of Julian Jaynes’s father at age two in some way shaped his theorizing about hallucinating voices of supernatural beings. It was a fair question. But at the time, being more interested in the singular intellectual achievements of Jaynes himself, to me the question seemed a bit irrelevant. Though I’m still not sure if this line of thinking is completely valid — i.e., in an attempt to replace his missing father, Jaynes came up with the notion of hallucinated voices from authoritative (paternalistic) figures — there might be something there. … Read more >

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Join us for an interview followed by a Q&A session with Professor William Woodward. Attendance is limited so please RSVP:

Professor William Woodward – Memories of Julian Jaynes
Thursday, July 8, 2021, 4:00pm Pacific Time/7:00pm Eastern Time
The Julian Jaynes Society Interview Series continues with an interview with Professor William Woodward on his memories of Julian Jaynes and details of Julian Jaynes’s life. The interview will be followed by Q&A with the event participants.

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A rare documentary on the brain, shown by Julian Jaynes to his “Psychology of Consciousness” students, and featuring a brief interview with Julian Jaynes.

– A new Guided Study page.

New articles and dissertations on hearing voices, language and consciousness, split-brain research, and more.

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Marcel Kuijsten

Marcel Kuijsten

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

2 thoughts on “Julian Jaynes Society June 2021 Newsletter

  • June 30, 2021 at 6:24 pm

    Hello Marcel,

    Inspired by my reading of The Breakdown of…, earliest and second edition, purchased solely on the basis of its title, then broad readings of books and scripture, I am writing a book on science and religion which, almost of course, uses Dawkins books as foil leading to my own theses, and, along the way, wakening one day to say to myself “you believe in God”, and indeed I do, but not a God in our image made.

    I have read many books of course, many citing Jaynes without having understood him at all, my opinion.

    I credit Dawkins for having explicitly recognized that Jaynes might well have been a genius. He was/is.

    I credit Dawkins for his invention of the word meme a properly pregnant notion not fully explored.

    My book is not a long scholarly work, though I did tons of scholarly reading. Other authors have done more than enough of that, often, my opinion, failing to have actually understood the essence of Jaynes’ insights at all.

    Best regards, Peter Aborn

    I will be brash enough to send you a pre-publication copy, but not so brash as to expect you to read it. If you do, you r comments, candid, frank or blunt will be welcome.

    I am joining a discussion group next week

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