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by Zoroaster
Fri Mar 16, 2007 7:44 pm
Forum: The Bicameral Mind: Breakdown, Neurological Model, Evolution, etc.
Topic: Happy Bicameral St. Patrick's Day!
Replies: 1
Views: 11601

Happy Bicameral St. Patrick's Day!

This anecdote appeared in a local weekly paper here in Portland, Oregon around this time last year: DEAR MERCURY — In full anticipation of general derision, I confess that I, for one, believe in leprechauns, having met one when I was a young man living in New York City. I was awakened abruptly one...
by Zoroaster
Tue Mar 13, 2007 1:29 am
Forum: The Nature of Consciousness: Its Features and Modes
Topic: Conscious Rats?
Replies: 2
Views: 11814

very interesting

Might I humbly suggest this would have gone well in the "Evidence of Consciousness in Other Animals" thread? As usual with these discussions, we fall into questions of semantics. Is "metacognition" consciousness? It is a case in which modern humans would certainly use consciousness - we would ask "c...
by Zoroaster
Fri Feb 23, 2007 9:52 pm
Forum: The Nature of Consciousness: Its Features and Modes
Topic: Evidence of Consciousness in Other Animals
Replies: 6
Views: 18460

I'm not trying to put Alex down

I'm sure he's a very smart bird. I'm just thinking that if Jaynes' theory that consciousness is based on language and therefore only humans can possess it then what are the implications of the new evidence of language ability in nonhumans? Alex may have the capacity to become conscious, who are we t...
by Zoroaster
Fri Feb 23, 2007 2:09 am
Forum: Book Discussion: Origin of Consciousness; Gods, Voices, and the Bicameral Mind; The Julian Jaynes Collection; Reflections on the Dawn of Consciousness
Topic: Reflections: Foreword by Dr. Michael A. Persinger
Replies: 2
Views: 14477

Great, but I had hoped for more...

When I saw Dr. Persinger on the list of contributors to this volume I was very glad. After reading Origin I hunted for more on the subject and found Neuropsychological Basis for God Beliefs by Michael Persinger. After this, I was fascinated by his work and the bold questions he asks. I think Neurops...
by Zoroaster
Wed Feb 21, 2007 8:44 pm
Forum: The Nature of Consciousness: Its Features and Modes
Topic: Evidence of Consciousness in Other Animals
Replies: 6
Views: 18460

Thanks for the Alex link. I skimmed the articles and didn't find anything immediately that hints that Alex is conscious in Jaynes' terms. What was of interest was the section speculating on the effects of learning language on Alex's cognitive abilities. (page 205 or 9 Adobe reader pages into Number ...
by Zoroaster
Wed Feb 21, 2007 11:42 am
Forum: The Nature of Consciousness: Its Features and Modes
Topic: Evidence of Consciousness in Other Animals
Replies: 6
Views: 18460

Evidence of Consciousness in Other Animals

I feel this topic may warrant it's own section but we'll see if anyone else has a comment. I have been reading a lot about chimpanzee behavior and the results of teaching apes sign language. I realize there is a lot of debate about whether chimps are actually communicating or just learning complex s...
by Zoroaster
Tue Feb 20, 2007 5:54 pm
Forum: Dreams & Consciousness
Topic: Mirrors
Replies: 7
Views: 26633

Various

On Lucidity For those who may not know, this phenomenon is becoming very big in popular culture there are many books and websites about training yourself to "be lucid". Many fascinating discussions out there on sites dedicated to this. And there is a great film called Waking Life. I have had about ...
by Zoroaster
Tue Feb 20, 2007 4:41 pm
Forum: The Bicameral Mind: Breakdown, Neurological Model, Evolution, etc.
Topic: Conscious "Gods"?
Replies: 10
Views: 24305

Cows, Pigs, Wars and Witches by Marvin Harris

While this does not directly address your question it may shed some light on it. Marvin Harris' book [u]Cows, Pigs, Wars and Witches[/u] examines cultural and religious taboos that at first look seem to be counterproductive and may in fact be against the short term interests of an individual but whi...
by Zoroaster
Mon Feb 19, 2007 11:37 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Welcome / Introductions
Replies: 29
Views: 56994

Introduction, Interested Layman

Hi, I've been reading here for a while and I have one post in the Schizophrenia section about Multiple Personality Disorder. I read Origin about 10 years ago and have really wanted to discuss it with others who understand it for a long time. I have little technical knowledge to contribute, my educat...
by Zoroaster
Fri Nov 10, 2006 2:20 pm
Forum: Schizophrenia
Topic: What about Multiple Personality Disorder?
Replies: 3
Views: 14878

What about Multiple Personality Disorder?

Hi I'm new here so apologies if this has been discussed elsewhere. I am aware that schizophrenia and MPD are not the same thing, however this seemed like the most relevant category to bring it up. I also realize that MPD is a debated phenomenon but I think it has been well documented. I recently rea...