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Brian J. McVeigh – Evidence for the Bicameral Mind in the Old Testament
February 20, 2021 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm PST
Saturday, February 20th, 2021 at 12 noon – 1:30 pm Pacific Time.
In the first interview in the Julian Jaynes Society Interview Series, Marcel Kuijsten talks with author and Jaynesian scholar Brian J. McVeigh about his recent book “The Psychology of the Bible” and the evidence for the bicameral mind and the transition to consciousness in the Old Testament. The interview is followed by Q&A with the event participants.
The interview includes discussion of why the Bible is an important document to test Jaynes’s theory, methodological challenges, the “Bicameral Civilizational Inventory Hypothesis,” the role of music in the Old Testament, the use of idols by the ancient Israelites, the role of writing, the emergence of angels and demons, the role of prophesy, the changing definitions of Yahweh, Biblical linguistic analysis, how the personage of Jesus factors in changes in ancient mentality, vestiges of the bicameral mind in the New Testament, and more.
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Brian J. McVeigh attended the State University of New York at Albany, from where he received his B.A., M.A., and M.S. He was awarded his Ph.D. from Princeton University where he was a student of Julian Jaynes. A specialist on Japanese culture, he lived, researched, and worked in Asia for almost 17 years. He has published widely on Jaynesian psychology.
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