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by Moderator
Wed Sep 17, 2014 4:55 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Welcome / Introductions
Replies: 29
Views: 59541

Re: Welcome / Introductions

Hello Kenneth, This topic has come up before (but may have since been pruned). My thoughts are that the transition from bicamerality to consciousness took place at very different times in different places around the world, so it's unlikely to have been a major contributing factor. We have to remembe...
by Moderator
Thu Sep 11, 2014 2:24 pm
Forum: Schizophrenia
Topic: Applications of Jaynes' Theory to Help Voice Hearers?
Replies: 2
Views: 9680

Re: applications of Jaynes' theory to help voice hearers?

The short answer unfortunately is no. I do have some detailed ideas for a Jaynesian-inspired intervention for auditory hallucinations but currently don't have the funding to develop it. To answer your other questions: 1. Based on everything I've read, I can say that most likely what is happening is ...
by Moderator
Fri Aug 01, 2014 12:01 pm
Forum: The Mentality of Pre-Literate and Pre-Modern Peoples
Topic: Vestiges of Bicameralism in the Pirahã
Replies: 3
Views: 15246

Re: Vestiges of Bicameralism in the Pirahã

Yes, I would agree that they do not lack consciousness. However, like nearly all tribes I've read about, they do seem to exhibit many vestiges of bicameralism. What is sorely needed is the study of other even more recently contacted groups by someone with an understanding of/interest in Jaynes's the...
by Moderator
Fri Aug 01, 2014 11:58 am
Forum: Schizophrenia
Topic: Hallucinatory 'Voices' Shaped by Local Culture
Replies: 1
Views: 7479

Re: Hallucinatory 'Voices' Shaped by Local Culture

Thank you for sharing this interesting article. I've reposted it to the Julian Jaynes Society Facebook page. Professor Luhrmann has mentioned Jaynes is some of her articles and is interested in the theory. She was invited to speak at the 2013 conference but unfortunately she had a scheduling conflict.
by Moderator
Fri Aug 01, 2014 11:54 am
Forum: News Items Related to Jaynes's Theory
Topic: Blog Claims JJ is "All Mixed Up"
Replies: 4
Views: 10030

Re: Blog Claims JJ is "all mixed up"

Yes thank you for posting this, as well as your thoughtful comments on the blog. Thanks also to the person who posted the additional comments. This type of activity is very helpful and greatly appreciated. Clearly up these types of misconceptions and distortions of the theory whenever they occur is ...
by Moderator
Thu Jul 03, 2014 4:53 pm
Forum: News Items Related to Jaynes's Theory
Topic: New Article Challenges Static Bio Model of Language
Replies: 1
Views: 17422

Re: New Article Challenges Static Bio Model of Language

Thanks for sharing this interesting article Andrew. Those interested in this debate should also read this related thread:

http://www.julianjaynes.org/forum3/view ... f=13&t=511
by Moderator
Mon Jun 09, 2014 5:00 pm
Forum: News Items Related to Jaynes's Theory
Topic: Christof Koch Dissing Jaynes in Scientific American Mind
Replies: 7
Views: 14999

Re: Christof Koch Dissing Jaynes in Scientific American Mind

You're covering a lot of different ground here: Priests. My understanding is the priests in the bicameral period were part of the social hierarchy and they communicated with the "great gods," and conveyed those commands down the hierarchy. These communications were necessary for social order and are...
by Moderator
Fri May 16, 2014 10:37 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Welcome / Introductions
Replies: 29
Views: 59541

Re: Welcome / Introductions

You raise some very good points here Dan... the cultural environment is a critical aspect of it. It reminds me a bit of the story Jaynes tells of the woman who was raised by her voice-hearing grandmother, who learned to hear voices and continued to hear them into adulthood -- although there may be a...
by Moderator
Wed May 14, 2014 1:53 pm
Forum: The Nature of Consciousness: Its Features and Modes
Topic: Narratization
Replies: 3
Views: 13698

Re: Narratization

One area I think you might look for more ideas on this is child development, specifically a chapter called "The Development of Consciousnesses" by Philip Zelazo in The Cambridge Handbook of Consciousness . Bill Rowe, who spoke at the recent Jaynes conference, is also finishing a book that contains a...
by Moderator
Wed May 14, 2014 12:40 pm
Forum: News Items Related to Jaynes's Theory
Topic: Christof Koch Dissing Jaynes in Scientific American Mind
Replies: 7
Views: 14999

Re: Christof Koch Dissing Jaynes in Scientific American Mind

Yes I think we have to disagree on this one. While spirits and dead ancestors are certainly a part of it, especially in early China for example (see Michael Carr's chapter in Reflections on the Dawn of Consciousness ), throughout the ancient world in such places as Egypt, Mesopotamia, India, and Gre...
by Moderator
Wed May 14, 2014 12:06 pm
Forum: The Nature of Consciousness: Its Features and Modes
Topic: Jaynes and McLuhan and Writing Systems
Replies: 2
Views: 10810

Re: Jaynes and McLuhan and Writing Systems

It's a great question but off hand I can't point you to any research on this. I know Jan Sleutels, who has spoken at several of the conferences on Jaynes, is also interested in McLuhan and the impact of media on psychology. You might look for some of his publications or see if he can point you to ot...
by Moderator
Tue May 13, 2014 4:55 pm
Forum: The Nature of Consciousness: Its Features and Modes
Topic: Narratization
Replies: 3
Views: 13698

Re: Narratization

There has been a lot of work done on inner dialogue by Russell Hurlburt. You might take a look at his book Describing Inner Experience?: Proponent Meets Skeptic, for example.

Maybe you can elaborate on your question?
by Moderator
Tue May 13, 2014 3:58 pm
Forum: Information for Students
Topic: Suggestions for Grad School
Replies: 3
Views: 20651

Re: Suggestions for Grad School

Reposting a previous reply from 22 Jul 2011: While I don't know of any professors at this time that have both a strong interest in Jaynes's theory and are currently associated with a university program accepting Ph.D. students, there are still some options worth exploring. The first is to find a pr...
by Moderator
Mon May 12, 2014 11:21 pm
Forum: The Mentality of Pre-Literate and Pre-Modern Peoples
Topic: Angry Words: Chomsky, Everett and Amazon linguistics
Replies: 2
Views: 13055

Re: Angry Words: Chomsky, Everett and Amazon linguistics

Here is a link to the Smithsonian documentary "The Grammar of Happiness," on Daniel Everett's work with the Pirahã:

http://www.smithsonianchannel.com/sc/we ... -happiness