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Sun Jun 08, 2014 10:24 am
Forum: News Items Related to Jaynes's Theory
Topic: Christof Koch Dissing Jaynes in Scientific American Mind
Replies: 7
Views: 14281

Re: Christof Koch Dissing Jaynes in Scientific American Mind

However, from my discussions with Jaynes that was NOT his primary interest or the principle thrust of his book (which he *substantially* amended later in life.) Just think about it. To actually "speak with" (any) God could NOT have been widespread in the ancient world. Otherwise, why would you need ...
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Sun Jun 08, 2014 9:58 am
Forum: The Nature of Consciousness: Its Features and Modes
Topic: Jaynes and McLuhan and Writing Systems
Replies: 2
Views: 10420

Re: Jaynes and McLuhan and Writing Systems

Thanks -- I have send an email to Prof. Sleutels and await his response! The problem is that Jaynes makes no "sense" without trying to take changing technological environments into account. I presume that most people on this list never met the man and only know of him through his book -- which he co...
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Tue May 13, 2014 10:39 am
Forum: News Items Related to Jaynes's Theory
Topic: Christof Koch Dissing Jaynes in Scientific American Mind
Replies: 7
Views: 14281

Re: Christof Koch Dissing Jaynes in Scientific American Mind

Hello: I'm sorry if this has been thoroughly hashed out (and I missed it) but, based on my discussions with Jaynes, it wasn't "gods" that most people heard but rather their dead ancestors -- particularly their mothers, who continued to tell them what to do from beyond the grave. This analysis aligns...
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Tue May 13, 2014 5:17 am
Forum: The Nature of Consciousness: Its Features and Modes
Topic: Jaynes and McLuhan and Writing Systems
Replies: 2
Views: 10420

Jaynes and McLuhan and Writing Systems

Hello: I just received the CD of the 2013 Jaynes conference, where Merlin Donald keynoted, and it reminded me of my conversations with both men -- about Marshall McLuhan. I met Julian in his office at Princeton and then flew to Prince Edward Island to spend a day with him, shortly before he died. In...
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Mon Jan 03, 2011 9:09 am
Forum: Mind from 9000 B.C. to 1000 A.D.: Analysis of Classic Literature, Linguistics, and Ancient Civilizations
Topic: "The Discovery of the Mind" by Bruno Snell
Replies: 5
Views: 21225

Re: "The Discovery of the Mind" by Bruno Snell

Hello: Reading McEvilley (what a name!) on Google Books seems to indicate that he was unaware of Jaynes. Unfortunately, pages 678-731 aren't available, so I can't tell if Jaynes makes it into an index. After he runs through proto-philosophy and the Pre-Socratics (and the presumed Indian correlates),...
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Sun Jan 02, 2011 2:13 pm
Forum: Religion and the Bicameral Mind
Topic: Jaynes's View of Religion
Replies: 18
Views: 45184

Re: Jaynes's View of Religion

Hello: Based on my personal interactions with Jaynes, I believe the moderator is correct. He was a non-believer and one of his motivations was to try to "prove" a materialist origin of religion. This stance was also partly because he was an outcast in his own profession and was very sensitive that h...