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by Hannibal
Mon Oct 03, 2011 4:51 pm
Forum: The Nature of Consciousness: Its Features and Modes
Topic: Dennis Overbye in the NYTimes on Free Will and Consciousness
Replies: 2
Views: 13134

Re: Dennis Overbye in the NYTimes on Free Will and Conscious

Second, and probably of the utmost importance(to me, at least), is the automaton-like rejection(even by Jaynes himself) of any suggestion from any quarter that the source of the command voices that bicameral men heard and obeyed, the utter denial that the ideas that are truly novel(not based on dat...
by Hannibal
Sun Sep 30, 2007 9:55 pm
Forum: The Bicameral Mind: Breakdown, Neurological Model, Evolution, etc.
Topic: Vegetative State and Consciousness
Replies: 1
Views: 11596

Vegetative State and Consciousness

The light's on, but is anybody home? An extraordinary brain study concludes that a woman in a vegetative state is aware of herself. It's a dangerous claim that could throw families and physicians into turmoil. By Robert Burton Sept. 25, 2007 | In a recent article in the Archives of Neurology, a team...
by Hannibal
Mon Mar 12, 2007 5:20 pm
Forum: The Nature of Consciousness: Its Features and Modes
Topic: Conscious Rats?
Replies: 2
Views: 11814

Conscious Rats?

Rats Capable Of Reflecting On Mental Processes Science Daily — Let's say a college student enters a classroom to take a test. She probably already has an idea how she will do on the test, before she even takes out a pencil. But do animals possess the same ability to think about what they know or d...
by Hannibal
Fri Feb 23, 2007 8:28 pm
Forum: The Nature of Consciousness: Its Features and Modes
Topic: Evidence of Consciousness in Other Animals
Replies: 6
Views: 18460

Z, by your very nature you would be looking for a black/white answer to the question of consciousness. I don't think Alex is conscious or self-aware. But I think he is an amazingly intelligent bird. I have never met him, but I have met his trainer Dr. Irene Pepperberg several times. Considering that...
by Hannibal
Wed Feb 21, 2007 7:34 pm
Forum: The Nature of Consciousness: Its Features and Modes
Topic: Evidence of Consciousness in Other Animals
Replies: 6
Views: 18460

Parrots do similar things, and can talk about it as well. The best example would probably be Alex, the African Grey Parrot: http://www.alexfoundation.org/ Alex can count, knows colors, numbers, can do alike and different, and even understands the concept of "none," which I find to be his most amazin...
by Hannibal
Sat Feb 03, 2007 10:07 am
Forum: Julian Jaynes
Topic: My Letter from Julian Jaynes
Replies: 4
Views: 16727

It was many years ago, but I do recall I felt that his discussion of Ecclesiastes overlooked the fact that many people feel it was written by Solomon. If you will review this quote carefully, you will note that *I* personally do not claim that Solomon wrote Ecclesiastes, nor that I think that *ever...
by Hannibal
Thu Feb 01, 2007 6:58 pm
Forum: Julian Jaynes
Topic: My Letter from Julian Jaynes
Replies: 4
Views: 16727

My Letter from Julian Jaynes

As noted elsewhere, my copy of the new Jaynes book arrived yesterday. and this gave me the energy to go looking for the letter Jaynes sent me many years ago. I read "The Origin of Consciousness" repeatedly in 1979-80, and it was electrifying for me. My father, Stanley B. Kimball, was a professor of ...
by Hannibal
Mon Jan 15, 2007 3:42 pm
Forum: The Nature of Consciousness: Its Features and Modes
Topic: Dennis Overbye in the NYTimes on Free Will and Consciousness
Replies: 2
Views: 13134

Dennis Overbye in the NYTimes on Free Will and Consciousness

Free Will: Now You Have It, Now You Don’t By DENNIS OVERBYE Published: January 2, 2007 I was a free man until they brought the dessert menu around. There was one of those molten chocolate cakes, and I was suddenly being dragged into a vortex, swirling helplessly toward caloric doom, sucked toward ...