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by JBrubaker
Sun Jan 17, 2016 1:08 am
Forum: The Nature of Consciousness: Its Features and Modes
Topic: A point of clarification - what does Jaynes mean?
Replies: 13
Views: 24224

Re: A point of clarification - what does Jaynes mean?

Why should bicameral man await a hallucinated voice before reacting to events? I think you may misunderstand what a hallucinated voice is, as opposed to internal narration. It is a matter of perception, not origin, that is the difference between bicamerality and consciousness. We moderns don't hear...
by JBrubaker
Sun Jan 17, 2016 12:50 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Oracles and their relation to today's politician's
Replies: 2
Views: 9522

Re: Oracles and their relation to today's politician's

In this vein, Dr. Stefan Schindler, Professor of Philosophy at LaSalle University, is proposing that we can construct a world that returns to a bicameral state of mind. His major opus is laid out here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=17Fs5QgBYI8 Basically, he decries the individualism of modern soci...
by JBrubaker
Tue Feb 17, 2015 7:14 pm
Forum: Religion and the Bicameral Mind
Topic: The Rise of "One True God" Religions
Replies: 22
Views: 55454

Re: The Rise of "One True God" Religions

This casts new light on Moses' revelation that God is "I am". This sounds like the first strike in the war between consciousness and the bicameral mind. That's illuminating - no one of the preconscious era could have said "I am who am." But of course, Exodus was written in the 5th-6th century BC (t...
by JBrubaker
Tue Feb 17, 2015 6:35 pm
Forum: The Bicameral Mind: Breakdown, Neurological Model, Evolution, etc.
Topic: Bicameral Mind and Autism
Replies: 0
Views: 16362

Bicameral Mind and Autism

Recently I happened across a study concerning a statistically significant relation between the size of the corpus callosum and autism. The study notes also that a reduced size of the CC is prevalent among schizophrenics, ADHDs, and Tourette's Syndrome. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC322...
by JBrubaker
Fri Sep 30, 2011 5:45 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Bible Evidence to Support Jaynes' Theory
Replies: 11
Views: 23269

Re: Bible Evidence to Support Jaynes' Theory

I wholeheartedly agree with your last post, Adam; altars were both territory markers and visual aids. I think I was a bit hasty in assuming that visual aids were not always needed in later times, and jumped to a conclusion. In retrospect, I think I had concerns about your statement "..the peoples' f...
by JBrubaker
Thu Sep 29, 2011 8:53 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Bible Evidence to Support Jaynes' Theory
Replies: 11
Views: 23269

Re: Bible Evidence to Support Jaynes' Theory

..in Chapter 28 of GENESIS, for instance, the erection of a stone pillar(that was then consecrated with oils) in a land Jacob was clearly just passing through(no need YET for a boundary marker)... Jacob was not just passing through ; the land of Canaan was promised to his grandfather Abraham by his...
by JBrubaker
Thu Sep 29, 2011 3:55 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Bible Evidence to Support Jaynes' Theory
Replies: 11
Views: 23269

Re: Bible Evidence to Support Jaynes' Theory

Interesting post. Also, I personally think they built alters constantly because the peoples' fledgling memory was so bad they needed visual reminders. A social structure based upon the fear that god will punish you if you step out of line doesn't work unless people remember that god is watching the...
by JBrubaker
Thu Sep 29, 2011 3:25 am
Forum: Dreams & Consciousness
Topic: Bicameral Dream question
Replies: 7
Views: 17566

Re: Bicameral Dream question

Alright, this is not so much punching holes as challenging and asking for clarification on a number of points you raised. Could dreams have served to offer some form of instruction during the breakdown period that would have been evolutionary beneficial after the loss of true bicameral authorization...
by JBrubaker
Mon Sep 26, 2011 5:32 pm
Forum: The Bicameral Mind: Breakdown, Neurological Model, Evolution, etc.
Topic: Conscious "Gods"?
Replies: 10
Views: 24857

Re: Cows, Pigs, Wars and Witches by Marvin Harris

Marvin Harris' book Cows, Pigs, Wars and Witches 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 which function in the long term interests of the culture. For example he notes how Western...
by JBrubaker
Mon Sep 26, 2011 3:58 pm
Forum: Dreams & Consciousness
Topic: Bicameral Dream question
Replies: 7
Views: 17566

Re: Bicameral Dream question

That's an interesting discussion, Adam1848. I am intrigued about the role dreams played during the breakdown period, and what you suggest, but would go further and posit that perhaps a dream to harvest the crops would have been interpreted as a message from the gods in a conscious mode after waking,...
by JBrubaker
Sat Sep 03, 2011 11:47 am
Forum: The Bicameral Mind in Fiction, Film, and Popular Culture
Topic: Obama and the Politics of Crowds
Replies: 9
Views: 21440

Re: Obama and the Politics of Crowds

As an introduction, I'm a cultural anthropologist, and somewhat regret that I didn't hear of Jaynes' book and theory until after I had selected my dissertation subject 16 years ago. As it was, my dissertation was on how specific behaviors of individuals in a subculture are informed by the ideologica...