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Toward A Science of Consciousness Conference - April 2008

Posted: Thu Nov 01, 2007 6:54 pm
by Admin
Toward A Science of Consciousness

April 7-12, 2008, Tucson, AZ

We are pleased to announce that we have arranged for a four-hour pre-conference workshop and 6 speakers on Jaynes’s theory at this year's "Toward a Science of Consciousness" conference.

The four hour pre-conference workshop is titled "Reappraising Julian Jaynes's Theory of Consciousness and the Bicameral Mind: 30 Years of New Evidence" and will take place on Monday, April 7th from 2 – 6pm.

This unprecedented four-hour interactive discussion will outline each of the major areas of evidence for Jaynes’s theory, give special attention to new evidence supporting his theory that has emerged since the publication of The Origin, and provide suggestions for further research. Other presenters will be taking part in this workshop as well. There will be a strong focus on discussion and audience participation.

A 5-speaker session, "Consciousness and Julian Jaynes," will take place on Wednesday, April 9th from 4:30 - 6:35pm. Speakers for the session are:

John Limber, Professor of Psychology, University of New Hampshire, "Consciousness Is Just a Word: Julian Jaynes and Contemporary Psychology"

Brian McVeigh, Assistant Professor, East Asian Studies, University of Arizona, "The Lost Voice of God: Julian Jaynes and Neurotheology"

Scott Greer, Professor of Psychology, University of Prince Edward Island, "Julian Jaynes, Historical Psychology, and the Role of Metaphor in the Generativity and Discontinuities of Concepts of Identity"

Marcel Kuijsten, Executive Director, Julian Jaynes Society, "Auditory Hallucinations and the Bicameral Mind: New Evidence for Julian Jaynes’s Neurological Model"

John Hainly, Lecturer in Philosophy, Southern University, "Mythological Consciousness: Jaynes’ Bicameral Mind & Vico's Imaginative Universals"

An additional speaker will be speaking on Jaynes's theory during the "Evolution of Consciousness" session on Friday, April 11th from 4:30 – 6:35pm:

Jan Sleutels, Professor of Philosophy at Leiden University, "Recent Changes in the Structure of Consciousness?"

We will be organizing a Julian Jaynes Society social event for at least one evening during the conference to give JJS members as well as interested guests a chance to meet and interact. Please contact me if you are planning on attending. This is a very large conference, so I would encourage you to book your hotel room soon.

For more information on registration and accommodations see:

We hope you will be able to attend!