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by bfinn
Thu Jan 06, 2011 9:31 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 Ch. 5 - Auditory Hallucinations in Nonverbal...
Replies: 4
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Re: Ch. 5 - Auditory Hallucinations in Nonverbal Quadriplegi

Further to my final point: perhaps the fact that the auditory hallucinations have the voices of (often dead) relatives, explains the widespread belief, particularly in ancient times, in the afterlife. Hearing an invisible dead relative speaking to you certainly seems a lot like they are still around...
by bfinn
Tue Jan 04, 2011 10:57 am
Forum: Mind from 9000 B.C. to 1000 A.D.: Analysis of Classic Literature, Linguistics, and Ancient Civilizations
Topic: Brain Size
Replies: 2
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Re: Brain Size

Yes, I've recently read The 10,000 Year Explosion which I strongly recommend. He doesn't mention Jaynes however. The main gist of the book is that human evolution didn't stop with the birth of agriculture & civilisation (as is often assumed) - on the contrary, it has sped up. Indeed the authors cont...
by bfinn
Tue Jan 04, 2011 10:37 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 Ch. 5 - Auditory Hallucinations in Nonverbal...
Replies: 4
Views: 16961

Re: Ch. 5 - Auditory Hallucinations in Nonverbal Quadriplegi

One feature which I think wasn't pointed out in the chapter is that each subject's auditory hallucination is of a relative of the same gender as themselves. Assuming the same was true in ancient times, it seems strange that in the Abrahamic religions God is always male - there is no mention of a fem...