Myth 6: Neuroscience has disconfirmed Jaynes’s ideas

Myth 6: More recent studies in neuroscience have disconfirmed Jaynes’s ideas.

Fact: Quite the opposite. Recent neuroimaging studies have largely confirmed Jaynes’s early predictions on the neurology of auditory hallucinations (his neurological model for the bicameral mind). For a full discussion of this issue see “Consciousness, Hallucinations, and the Bicameral Mind: Three Decades of New Research” by Marcel Kuijsten in Reflections on the Dawn of Consciousness: Julian Jaynes’s Bicameral Mind Theory Revisited (pgs. 116-120), as well as “New Evidence for Jaynes’s Neurological Model: A Research Update” by Marcel Kuijsten in The Jaynesian, Vol. 3, Issue 1 (Spring 2009).

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