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by John R. Schedel
Tue Apr 14, 2009 12:08 pm
Forum: The Bicameral Mind in Fiction, Film, and Popular Culture
Topic: Obama and the Politics of Crowds
Replies: 9
Views: 21438

Re: Obama and the Politics of Crowds

Both Winston Smith and kevinrogers made good points. To respond: Winston provides a "commonsense" view of "projection" that is consistent with the "meanings are in people" view that I described. His description of the Obama campaign is also "spot on" as far as it goes. What Winston does not account ...
by John R. Schedel
Tue Apr 07, 2009 1:12 pm
Forum: The Bicameral Mind in Fiction, Film, and Popular Culture
Topic: Obama and the Politics of Crowds
Replies: 9
Views: 21438

Re: Obama and the Politics of Crowds

I suspect that I can determine how kevinrogers might have voted, his former "serious doubts", notwithstanding. His rather fulsome praise for Obama seems to reflect the kind of "sobbering love affair" with Obama that Bernard Goldberg describes as being common in "the media" as well as in academe. (I ...
by John R. Schedel
Tue Mar 31, 2009 7:43 am
Forum: The Bicameral Mind in Fiction, Film, and Popular Culture
Topic: The Ecstasy of Barack
Replies: 1
Views: 11365

Re: The Ecstasy of Barack

Parker seems to be on to something, here. Bernard Goldberg describes a similar response in "Slobbering Love Affair". Such accounts give further credence that Americans (among others) may be experiencing a kind of "bicameral/archetypal" phenomenon that has not taken place in the political arena since...
by John R. Schedel
Tue Mar 31, 2009 7:35 am
Forum: The Bicameral Mind in Fiction, Film, and Popular Culture
Topic: Obama and the Politics of Crowds
Replies: 9
Views: 21438

Re: Obama and the Politics of Crowds

There is much to be said for Ajami's analysis. An extension of this analysis might be found in Jung, where he describes Hitler as being a vessel/manifestation of the archetype, Wotan. While it may be unfair to compare Obama to Hitler in most respects (though Jonah Goldberg might describe Obama's per...
by John R. Schedel
Tue Mar 31, 2009 7:23 am
Forum: Religion and the Bicameral Mind
Topic: Origin of the Gods
Replies: 11
Views: 23948

Re: Origin of the Gods

Sleep is a wonderful thing! It can be the occasion of good bicameral phenomena!;)

Hallucinogenic bases for "consciousness" seem to be "coming out of the closet" in "the literature, right now. For a good introduction, I recommend the perusing of Stanislav Groff's books.
by John R. Schedel
Tue Mar 31, 2009 7:13 am
Forum: The Bicameral Mind: Breakdown, Neurological Model, Evolution, etc.
Topic: Happy Bicameral St. Patrick's Day!
Replies: 1
Views: 11879

Re: Happy Bicameral St. Patrick's Day!

This is a fascinating story! I know several people who in all seriousness, have claimed to see "little people". On a lexical note, the word "ale" apparently is based on the Old English words. "alu" and "ealu". According to the Appendix in The American Heritage Dictionary, "alu" is an IndoEuropean ro...
by John R. Schedel
Tue Mar 31, 2009 6:53 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: How to Explain Jaynes to Your Mother-in-Law
Replies: 9
Views: 18771

Re: How to Explain Jaynes to Your Mother-in-Law

Based on my experiences with a couple (long story!) of admittedly bright ex-mothers-in-law, would it not be more productive if you just gave the lady a copy of the book? (Not as a "gift", however; very bad form!) If nothing else, this practice might help to confirm her perception that you are her "b...
by John R. Schedel
Tue Mar 31, 2009 6:40 am
Forum: The Nature of Consciousness: Its Features and Modes
Topic: Consciousness vs. Perception
Replies: 4
Views: 15494

Re: Consciousness vs. Perception

Perhaps an insight from communication theory might be of some use. There is a consensus view in communication theory that "perception" involves the interface between phenomena and the "meanings" that we humans attach to these phenomena. In this sense, "meaning" can be operationally defined as "the a...
by John R. Schedel
Tue Mar 31, 2009 6:29 am
Forum: Religion and the Bicameral Mind
Topic: Are There Any Christians Here?
Replies: 13
Views: 33385

Re: Are There Any Christians Here?

I count myself a Christian and I am willing. Marcel makes good recommendations. One of the most obvious biblical references to what Jaynes writes about, of course, is the story in Genesis about Adam's and Eve's temptation and their expulsion from the Garden of Eden. To me, this is the best metaphori...