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Julian Jaynes Society September/October 2022 Newsletter
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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.

Order Your Copy

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.


Marcel Kuijsten,
Executive Director

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

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