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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

An interview with Brian J. McVeigh on 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 will be followed by Q&A with the event participants. Dr. McVeigh will generously be giving away copies of his latest book The Psychology of the Bible to the first 15 members to RSVP and attend this event.

Saturday, February 20th, 2021 at 12 noon – 1:30 pm Pacific Time (3pm Eastern; 8pm GMT).

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.


February 20
12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
Free for Members


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