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by Moderator
Mon Jan 29, 2007 5:49 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. 3 - Verbal Hallucinations & Preconscious...
Replies: 15
Views: 45214

I think the underlying question here is what is the function or cause of hallucinations in general? If they are indeed a vestige of the bicameral mind, then it makes sense that they can be elicited in a wide variety of ways, including temporal lobe epilepsy, what we now call schizophrenia, and among...
by Moderator
Sun Jan 28, 2007 1:52 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. 2 - The Ghost of a Flea
Replies: 6
Views: 23659

Yes I remember being assigned that poem as well and thinking more or less the same thing. Regarding Jaynes's comment that Blake was not schizophrenic, I also found that intereresting. I suppose Jaynes meant that in Blake's time, prior to anti-psychotic medication, most schziophrenics were unable to ...
by Moderator
Thu Jan 25, 2007 5:37 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. 9 - The Oracles and Their Cessation
Replies: 7
Views: 23325

Hi Mark, It's great to see you catching these points of error made by Stove so quickly (after just a skim). I was tempted to footnote them but decided to leave his chapter untouched (Stove is deceased). I felt his thoughts in favor of the theory made it worth including despite some of his misconcept...
by Moderator
Fri Jan 19, 2007 9:39 am
Forum: Auditory Hallucinations in Normal Adults
Topic: Washington Post Article on Hearing Voices (Jan. 15, 2007)
Replies: 1
Views: 14082

That was interesting, thank you. The lack of awareness (or "insight") of their illness is one of the most interesting aspects of schizophrenia, and seeing all of the different causes people attribute their auditory hallucinations to. Let us know if you hear back from the author.
by Moderator
Wed Jan 03, 2007 10:00 am
Forum: Mind from 9000 B.C. to 1000 A.D.: Analysis of Classic Literature, Linguistics, and Ancient Civilizations
Topic: "The Discovery of the Mind" by Bruno Snell
Replies: 5
Views: 22761

Thanks Mark for those recommendations. I've heard of the Onians book before but I can't remember where. I'll be sure to read it...
by Moderator
Wed Jan 03, 2007 9:57 am
Forum: The Bicameral Mind: Breakdown, Neurological Model, Evolution, etc.
Topic: Conscious "Gods"?
Replies: 10
Views: 26570

It's nice to see someone thinking about these ideas in new and creative ways. For the moment I'll just add the brief comment that interestingly consciousness seems to be somehow linked to the dominant language hemisphere in that split brain patients have no awareness of directions given to their rig...
by Moderator
Wed Jan 03, 2007 9:38 am
Forum: The Nature of Consciousness: Its Features and Modes
Topic: What "Is" Consciousness?
Replies: 8
Views: 24971

Yes split brain patients are indeed still conscious. What seems to happen is a sort of "dual consciousness" for a period of time after the operation, with each hemisphere acting somewhat independently, but with the actions of the right hemisphere feeling to the patient something like an alien presen...
by Moderator
Wed Jan 03, 2007 9:33 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Welcome / Introductions
Replies: 29
Views: 63080

Welcome Mark!

Sounds interesting, I'll take a look at your blog...
by Moderator
Tue Dec 26, 2006 8:14 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: New Member, Neurologist
Replies: 3
Views: 12460

Thank you for your interesting post. I bought Dawkins new book a week or so ago but have not had a chance to read it yet. I'm looking forward to seeing what he has to say about Jaynes and perhaps following up with him. I'll be interested to read the other books you've recommended as well, and will f...
by Moderator
Fri Nov 10, 2006 3:23 pm
Forum: Auditory Hallucinations in Normal Adults
Topic: Realignment of Priorities
Replies: 8
Views: 24940

Why is it that most people gain from hallucinations, but in the treatment of schizophrenia (by psychiatrists in particular) absence of hallucinations is the benchmark of progress? I think you are making a bit of a leap when you say that "most" people gain from hallucinations. It might be more accur...
by Moderator
Fri Nov 10, 2006 3:06 pm
Forum: Schizophrenia
Topic: What about Multiple Personality Disorder?
Replies: 3
Views: 15952

It's an interesting subject, I think you are on the right track. I recently read a book called Of Two Minds: The Revolutionary Science of Dual-Brain Psychology . In a nutshell the author, a Harvard psychiatrist, looks at the well documented evidence of two minds in split-brain patients (one in each ...
by Moderator
Fri Oct 06, 2006 11:50 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. 1 - Jaynes: Introducing His Life & Thought
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Views: 14056

Reflections Ch. 1 - Jaynes: Introducing His Life & Thought

Julian Jaynes: Introducing His Life and Thought by William R. Woodward and June F. Tower

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by Moderator
Fri Oct 06, 2006 11:49 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. 2 - The Ghost of a Flea
Replies: 6
Views: 23659

Reflections Ch. 2 - The Ghost of a Flea

The Ghost of a Flea: Visions of William Blake by Julian Jaynes

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