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by Moderator
Fri Apr 15, 2005 12:01 pm
Forum: The Bicameral Mind in Fiction, Film, and Popular Culture
Topic: The Bicameral Mind in His Dark Materials /The Golden Compass
Replies: 6
Views: 20198

I haven't read Pullman's books but it sounds similar to the description of Socrates' daemon as described in "Voices of Reason, Voices of Insanity" by Leudar & Thomas. Socrates had a voice he called a "daemon" that advised him and guided his actions. Leudar & Thomas are critical of Jaynes's interpret...
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Thu Apr 07, 2005 6:47 pm
Forum: Religion and the Bicameral Mind
Topic: The Prophet Mohammed, Islam, and the Bicameral Mind
Replies: 2
Views: 14617

The Prophet Mohammed, Islam, and the Bicameral Mind

This is a very interesting article on Mohammed's trance states (reminiscent of the Oracle at Delphi) and auditory/visual hallucinations: Wahi: the Supernatural Basis of Islam It raises the possibility that Islam was founded on the auditory hallucinations of Mohammed, who for psychological or perhaps...
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Fri Apr 01, 2005 9:59 pm
Forum: Mind from 9000 B.C. to 1000 A.D.: Analysis of Classic Literature, Linguistics, and Ancient Civilizations
Topic: R.A. Schwaller de Lubicz & Egyptology
Replies: 5
Views: 19054

R.A. Schwaller de Lubicz & Egyptology

[reposted from an earlier version of Jaynes Forum - Mod. ] Hello, I am in the process of reading TOOC and was wondering if there were any others on this board who were familiar with the work of R.A. Schwaller de Lubicz as it relates to Egypt (heiroglyphs, Temple of Luxor, etc.). I feel that there is...
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Thu Mar 24, 2005 1:30 am
Forum: Mind from 9000 B.C. to 1000 A.D.: Analysis of Classic Literature, Linguistics, and Ancient Civilizations
Topic: "Egyptian Religion" by Siegfried Morenz
Replies: 1
Views: 11793

"Egyptian Religion" by Siegfried Morenz

Egyptian Religion by Siegfried Morenz (1973) describes how ancient Egyptians experienced "divine commandments" of the gods that bear a striking similarity to descriptions of the bicameral mind by Jaynes. He writes, "...subject to such divine commands are the living...who are ordered by the earth-go...
by Moderator
Sun Mar 13, 2005 11:09 pm
Forum: Religion and the Bicameral Mind
Topic: The Rise of "One True God" Religions
Replies: 22
Views: 58057

If you accept the idea that the bicameral mind gave rise to the concept of gods via auditory hallucinations, then it makes sense that with the breakdown of the bicameral mind (and the silencing of the gods) there would be a shift to one god belief systems. H.W.F. Saggs (1989) writes that in Mesopota...
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Fri Mar 11, 2005 6:39 pm
Forum: The Bicameral Mind: Breakdown, Neurological Model, Evolution, etc.
Topic: Jaynes's Neurological Model Vindicated
Replies: 12
Views: 33102

RE: Jaynes's Neurological Model Vindicated

While it certainly does not "prove" Jaynes's theory, research supportive of his neurological model is important evidence. I don't think objections or alternate explanations would even be that sophisticated. It's hard to imagine what the response would be. It's pure speculation but my guess is most w...
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Thu Mar 03, 2005 4:29 pm
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: 22727

"The Discovery of the Mind" by Bruno Snell

Anyone interested in augmenting their understanding of this area of Jaynes's theory should read "The Discovery of the Mind: The Greek Origins of European Thought" by Bruno Snell (the new version has the subtitle "in Greek Philosophy and Literature"). I'm currently re-reading it and would be interest...
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Thu Mar 03, 2005 3:16 pm
Forum: The Mentality of Pre-Literate and Pre-Modern Peoples
Topic: "Primitive Mentality" by Lucien Lévy-Bruhl & Jaynes' Theory
Replies: 11
Views: 35415

"Primitive Mentality" by Lucien Lévy-Bruhl & Jaynes' Theory

Lévy-Bruhl's book "Primitive Mentality" was influential in Jaynes's thinking on the bicameral mind. Lévy-Bruhl writes that compared to modern society, a greater number of individuals in primitive (i.e. bicameral) societies experience hallucinations, experience them more frequently, and the hallucina...
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Mon Feb 28, 2005 6:53 pm
Forum: Religion and the Bicameral Mind
Topic: The Rise of "One True God" Religions
Replies: 22
Views: 58057

consciousness / one god connection

There is definitely a relationship between the development of consciousness and the emergence of the "one god" concept, although it's something I need to ponder a little more. In considering your question, I came across an essay by JJS member and Unitarian minister Todd Eklof that I had not previous...
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Mon Feb 28, 2005 2:11 pm
Forum: Julian Jaynes
Topic: Julian Jaynes: Items of Interest
Replies: 0
Views: 13051

Julian Jaynes: Items of Interest

The Julian Jaynes Society is always looking for Jaynes-related items such as old photographs, audio or video tapes of lectures, correspondence, unpublished writings, etc.

If you happen to have or know of any related items, please contact: info 'at' julianjaynes . org

Thank you!
by Moderator
Mon Feb 28, 2005 2:03 pm
Forum: The Bicameral Mind: Breakdown, Neurological Model, Evolution, etc.
Topic: Jaynes's Neurological Model Vindicated
Replies: 12
Views: 33102

Jaynes's Neurological Model Vindicated

When Jaynes’s neurological model for the bicameral mind was first proposed, both he and his critics conceded that it would be decades before progress in neuroscience could validate or disprove it. Well, the evidence is now in: several neuroimaging studies show activation in the right and left temp...
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Mon Feb 28, 2005 1:27 pm
Forum: Schizophrenia
Topic: Command Hallucinations in Schizophrenia
Replies: 1
Views: 11357

Command Hallucinations in Schizophrenia

Recent studies of command hallucinations experienced by schizophrenics (see: Related Articles > Command Hallucinations ) lend additional credibility to Jaynes's theory that commanding hallucinations controlled the actions of people in ancient societies. There also seems to be a relationship between ...
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Mon Feb 28, 2005 2:05 am
Forum: Auditory Hallucinations in Normal Adults
Topic: Hallucinations in Normals
Replies: 4
Views: 18383

Hallucinations in Normals

One criticism of Jaynes’s theory (see Stove – “Oracles and Their Cessation” and Dennett – “Jaynes's Software Archeology”) is that if Jaynes is correct, hallucinations ought to be more common in the normal population. Recent studies, however, show that hallucinations are far more common...
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Sat Feb 26, 2005 1:09 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Welcome / Introductions
Replies: 29
Views: 62944

Welcome / Introductions

Welcome to the new Julian Jaynes Society public Discussion Forum, created February 25, 2005!

Please use this thread for introductions.

We welcome any discussion relevant to Jaynes's theory (with the exception of subjects not based on basic scientific principles).