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by Moderator
Fri Jan 17, 2020 1:04 pm
Forum: The Bicameral Mind: Breakdown, Neurological Model, Evolution, etc.
Topic: Bicameral Laughter
Replies: 1
Views: 852

Re: Bicameral Laughter

It's an interesting question. My initial thought would be yes. For example, we can imagine responding to a linguistic or non-linguistic joke or humorous situation without having an interior mind-space. I think some early, rudimentary forms of humor and laughter could have pre-dated language. For exa...
by Moderator
Fri Jan 17, 2020 12:39 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Recent Experiment Explanations
Replies: 2
Views: 117

Re: Recent Experiment Explanations

Your first post is very ambiguous. Do you mean an explanation of the experimental method? There are many books on this.

As for your second post, that issue of the newsletter is currently only available electronically.
by Moderator
Fri Jan 17, 2020 12:37 pm
Forum: Hypnosis, Possession, and Altered States of Consciousness
Topic: Induction
Replies: 1
Views: 4047

Re: Induction

Hi Jim, I would recommend picking up some books on clinical hypnosis -- there you can learn more about the various induction methods. You can also find many hypnotic inductions for free online... they vary widely and you can experiment with the different types and see what you think works best for y...
by Moderator
Tue Aug 06, 2019 11:17 pm
Forum: News Items Related to Jaynes's Theory
Topic: "Gods came AFTER the rise of civilizations"?
Replies: 3
Views: 3490

Re: "Gods came AFTER the rise of civilizations"?

Agreed... the many gods during the bicameral period slowly blended and merged into fewer and fewer more powerful gods as consciousness was learned and the voices were suppressed.
by Moderator
Tue Aug 06, 2019 11:15 pm
Forum: The Nature of Consciousness: Its Features and Modes
Topic: Visual Thinking
Replies: 3
Views: 2229

Re: Visual Thinking

Jaynes mentions somewhere that visual thinking, for example, imagining an apple and slowly rotating it, takes place in consciousness, but he believes this ability was first learned through language. In other words, it is through metaphorical language that the mental space for visual thinking to occu...
by Moderator
Tue Nov 06, 2018 2:09 pm
Forum: Schizophrenia
Topic: Scientists zap 'voices' from schizophrenia sufferers
Replies: 1
Views: 10969

Re: Scientists zap 'voices' from schizophrenia sufferers

Very interesting research. In the resulting article that was published, it looks like they focused on the left hemisphere, where the hallucinations are "heard."
by Moderator
Tue Nov 06, 2018 1:50 pm
Forum: Auditory Hallucinations in Normal Adults
Topic: Psychic Phenomena as Bicameralism with Strong Intuition
Replies: 1
Views: 7049

Re: Psychic Phenomena as Bicameralism with Strong Intuition

I think that your basic intuitions on this are spot on. Obviously there's a wide range with psychics... everything from basic charlatans who've read a few books on reading people (you can buy them on Amazon) and just view it as a way to make a living, to those that are actually hearing voices and ha...
by Moderator
Tue Nov 06, 2018 1:21 pm
Forum: The Nature of Consciousness: Its Features and Modes
Topic: Degree of Breakdown/Consciousness in Individuals
Replies: 6
Views: 22076

Re: Degree of Breakdown/Consciousness in Individuals

I think it's a bit of a stretch to say that far left/right political positions are necessarily a sign of lesser consciousness development. I think it would have more to do with what their specific beliefs are and how they arrive at their conclusions. One can look at the degree that someone's politic...
by Moderator
Tue Nov 06, 2018 1:11 pm
Forum: The Nature of Consciousness: Its Features and Modes
Topic: The Unusual Language That Linguists Thought Couldn’t Exist
Replies: 2
Views: 17460

Re: The Unusual Language That Linguists Thought Couldn’t Exi

Similar to the language of the Pirahã of the Brazilian Amazon, this represents another blow to Chomsky and the genetic basis for universal grammar crowd.
by Moderator
Tue Nov 06, 2018 1:07 pm
Forum: The Nature of Consciousness: Its Features and Modes
Topic: Doctors Discover A Woman With No Cerebellum
Replies: 1
Views: 10849

Re: Doctors Discover A Woman With No Cerebellum

It's fascinating that she could even be alive.

Similar to cases where patients are found to have been missing an entire hemisphere, it attests to the power of neuroplasticity, and the ability for the brain to use different areas for functions normally residing elsewhere.
by Moderator
Tue Nov 06, 2018 1:04 pm
Forum: The Nature of Consciousness: Its Features and Modes
Topic: Mysterious Soundscapes
Replies: 1
Views: 10700

Re: Mysterious Soundscapes

Interesting!
by Moderator
Tue Nov 06, 2018 12:15 pm
Forum: The Nature of Consciousness: Its Features and Modes
Topic: Neuroscientist's Radical Theory of How Networks Become Consc
Replies: 1
Views: 10551

Re: Neuroscientist's Radical Theory of How Networks Become

Thank you for sharing this. Unfortunately Koch tends to define consciousness more along the lines of sensory perception or reactivity to stimuli, rather than introspection. Koch had for a long time worked with Francis Crick, whose book on "consciousness," The Astonishing Hypothesis , was really more...
by Moderator
Tue Nov 06, 2018 12:06 pm
Forum: Julian Jaynes
Topic: Jaynes - Which Languages Did He Speak/Understand?
Replies: 1
Views: 11699

Re: Jaynes - Which Languages Did He Speak/Understand?

My guess would be no on most of these just in terms of the amount of time that would have been involved, and his references to the need for additional more accurate translations (translations that do not attempt to "modernize" the texts or read in a modern psychology to make them more "readable"). W...
by Moderator
Tue Jan 30, 2018 6:28 pm
Forum: The Nature of Consciousness: Its Features and Modes
Topic: Can consciousness breakdown in a society?
Replies: 3
Views: 10306

Re: Can consciousness breakdown in a society?

I think we have to be very careful about the language we use here, and distinguish between true bicameralism and merely hearing voices or some form of diminished consciousness. Hearing voices in an otherwise normal person is actually relatively easy, through solitary confinement, sensory deprivation...