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Julian Jaynes Society Spring 2022 Newsletter
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Julian Jaynes Society

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.


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

Pre-Order Your Copy

New From the JJS Blog

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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Watch Professor Roy Baumeister’s keynote lecture, “The Why, What, and How of Human Consciousness”

Read new articles and dissertations on consciousness and language, hearing voices, sensed presences, glossolalia, the split-brain, hypnosis, nonconscious influences on behavior, and much more.

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Marcel Kuijsten

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

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