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by Moderator
Tue Jul 24, 2007 10:47 am
Forum: The Nature of Consciousness: Its Features and Modes
Topic: Julian Jaynes's Use of the Word 'Consciousness'
Replies: 12
Views: 31316

Good to hear you enjoyed the new book. I'm not sure I completely follow you on your last post. There is what Jaynes describes somewhere as Bertrand Russell's error in confusing his perception with his consciousness: While the contents of his consciousness is more likely to be something like "I need ...
by Moderator
Sat Jul 21, 2007 12:44 am
Forum: Schizophrenia
Topic: A Jaynes-Inspired Treatment for Schizophrenia?
Replies: 13
Views: 32950

I completely disagree on all counts. 1. The symptoms that constitute schizophrenia are widely agreed upon. Of course as with many things there are differing viewpoints, areas of disagreement, etc. But if no dissenting opinion whatsoever were the requirement for something to be considered "an agreed ...
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Wed Jul 18, 2007 11:10 pm
Forum: Information for Students
Topic: Best Place to Study Jaynes's OC Topics in A Grad Program?
Replies: 5
Views: 16569

Yes I've heard of CIIS (California Institute of Integral Studies) and I remember there was another psychology school near Stanford University call PGSP (Pacific Graduate School of Psychology). I don't know much about them however (other than they are expensive!). Have you considered CSPP (California...
by Moderator
Tue Jul 17, 2007 7:10 pm
Forum: Information for Students
Topic: Best Place to Study Jaynes's OC Topics in A Grad Program?
Replies: 5
Views: 16569

This is a great (and difficult) question and one that has come up before. I'll get the discussion started but I hope others will join in. Ultimately, everyone is likely to have a different opinion because this is such a subjective issue. First off, I want to state as an aside that I don't know if mo...
by Moderator
Tue Jul 17, 2007 2:27 pm
Forum: The Nature of Consciousness: Its Features and Modes
Topic: Julian Jaynes's Use of the Word 'Consciousness'
Replies: 12
Views: 31316

Mike Finch wrote: I cannot really imagine being conscious without being conscious of my own consciousness. Unless I've misunderstood you, I think you might mean "being conscious of your own awareness." This is an important aspect of Jaynes's definition of consciousness. Like he diagrams it: 'I' > . ...
by Moderator
Wed Jul 11, 2007 3:12 pm
Forum: The Nature of Consciousness: Its Features and Modes
Topic: Julian Jaynes's Use of the Word 'Consciousness'
Replies: 12
Views: 31316

Yes, confusion over the definition of the term "consciousness" is a real problem, not only for the acceptance of Jaynes's theory but for the field of consciousness studies in general. Your point that Jaynes might have encountered less resistance using different terminology such as self-awareness is ...
by Moderator
Mon Jul 02, 2007 12:30 pm
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. 10 - The Meaning of King Tut
Replies: 4
Views: 20115

RE: R.A. Schwaller de Lubicz

Thanks Fisherman. Is there one of his books that you recommend as a particularly good introduction to his work, or as most relevant to bicameral theory?
by Moderator
Fri Jun 22, 2007 1:02 pm
Forum: Schizophrenia
Topic: A Jaynes-Inspired Treatment for Schizophrenia?
Replies: 13
Views: 32950

Another thought came to me to follow-up on your idea. Using the "Wada test," the right hemisphere can be anestized. Does anyone know if this been attempted in patients with schizophrenia? It would be interesting to see the outcome. I'll have to look on Medline.
by Moderator
Fri Jun 01, 2007 5:19 pm
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. 4 - Consciousness, Hallucinations & the BM
Replies: 2
Views: 15664

Yes it will be very interesting to see if a consensus begins to emerge over the next few years on the right temporal lobe being implicated in auditory hallucinations, as Jaynes predicted.
by Moderator
Fri Jun 01, 2007 5:15 pm
Forum: Book Discussion: Origin of Consciousness; Gods, Voices, and the Bicameral Mind; The Julian Jaynes Collection; Reflections on the Dawn of Consciousness
Topic: Reflections C. 13 - Shi 'Corpse/Personator' Ceremony...China
Replies: 2
Views: 15678

I agree. There is so much evidence relevant to the bicameral theory that he raises. Not just the personator ceremony itself and the linguistic evidence of a changing mentality, but the dual burials, burials of the dead with food, two different words for 'dead' (recently dead — i.e. still 'heard' â...
by Moderator
Sun May 20, 2007 6:27 pm
Forum: Hypnosis, Possession, and Altered States of Consciousness
Topic: Can Anyone Be Hyponotized?
Replies: 1
Views: 11509

The subject of susceptibility to hypnosis has been studied extensively. I think the general consenus is there is a wide range in hypnotic ability that varies from individual to individual — from those that can barely obtain a light trance (if any) to those able to experience deep trance (approx. 1...
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Wed Apr 25, 2007 5:14 pm
Forum: Schizophrenia
Topic: A Jaynes-Inspired Treatment for Schizophrenia?
Replies: 13
Views: 32950

Just to follow up on this, I recently read that (as I suspected), the commissurotomy or "split-brain" surgeries are no longer being performed, as they are now able to better control epileptic seizures with medication. I also read that until age 4 or so, both hemispheres seem to be able to process la...
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Mon Apr 09, 2007 10:17 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Aptic Structures: Definition?
Replies: 2
Views: 14978

Aptic Structures: Definition?

My understanding is Jaynes uses this term to describe structures in the brain (he says "organizations in the brain" which I take to mean groupings of neurons) that are responsible for certain genetically based instinctual behaviors (for example, mating behavior or a mother caring for her young). How...
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Thu Mar 29, 2007 3:02 pm
Forum: Book Discussion: Origin of Consciousness; Gods, Voices, and the Bicameral Mind; The Julian Jaynes Collection; Reflections on the Dawn of Consciousness
Topic: Reflections: Foreword by Dr. Michael A. Persinger
Replies: 2
Views: 15888

Yes, Dr. Persinger's work on a feeling of presence in the right hemisphere is highly relevant and his Foreword is a valuable contribution to the book. When you say I think Neuropsychological Basis for God Beliefs would have been a great addition to Reflections I'm not sure what you mean by that — ...
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Tue Mar 20, 2007 5:04 pm
Forum: Religion and the Bicameral Mind
Topic: Are There Any Christians Here?
Replies: 13
Views: 36394

It has always been interesting to me how people with different backgrounds can have completely different interpretations of Jaynes's book. For example, I once came across a Creationist website that talks about Jaynes's theory as support for "Christian Catastrophism" — as support for events such as...