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April 2021

Dear Members and Friends of the Julian Jaynes Society,

We have a lot of new material to tell you about, including a new hardcover edition of Gods, Voices, and the Bicameral Mind, the latest blog post from Brian McVeigh, a JJS exclusive interview with Boban Dedovic on "The Evolution of Mind Words in the Iliad and the Odyssey," and much more...

Also be sure to join us for our upcoming Julian Jaynes Society informal online Q&A session, where participants can ask questions about the theory, share experiences, book recommendations, and more.


Marcel Kuijsten,
Executive Director

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We are pleased to announce the release of the new hardcover edition of Gods, Voices, and the Bicameral Mind in the United States, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, and United Kingdom. It will soon be available for order wherever books are sold. This beautifully produced book has the cover art printed right on the case, similar to a textbook, so no dust jacket to lose or get torn. Perfect for Jaynes enthusiasts, collectors, and libraries!

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Cleaning up the mess surrounding the uses of “consciousness” is not an airy, abstruse, or esoteric subject, a topic only for absent-minded academics with their heads in the clouds. This discussion has serious, profound, and practical implications. Neuroscientists employ terminology to delineate the differences between being asleep, in a coma, or in a state of ordinary consciously interiorized mentation. Physicians, psychiatrists, psychotherapists, counselors, and other mental health care providers need to be able to differentiate various forms of cognition to facilitate healing. ...

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Join us for a Zoom-style online Q&A and Discussion of Julian Jaynes's theory with Marcel Kuijsten and Brian McVeigh. RSVP for this event:

Saturday, May 1, 2021, 5pm Pacific Time/8pm Eastern Time
Julian Jaynes Society Online Q&A Session
Join us for an informal question and answer session and general discussion of Julian Jaynes's theory. Get answers to your questions about the theory while getting to know other JJS Members and Jaynes enthusiasts! The session will run between 90 and 120 minutes and will be recorded.

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The Voice in Your Head
How a movement of people who hear voices is reshaping our understanding of mental illness – and consciousness itself.

Patsy Hage began hearing voices when she was eight years old. She was playing with her brother in the attic when her scarf caught alight on a candle. She would always remember running downstairs to her mother, her clothing on fire, convinced she was going to die. She was rushed to hospital and treated for serious burns. It was in hospital that the voices first started talking to her. She heard them for the rest of her life. ...

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