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2013 Julian Jaynes Society Conference on Consciousness

Posted: Tue Jul 10, 2012 10:58 am
by Moderator
The 2013 Julian Jaynes Society Conference on Consciousness and Bicameral Studies

June 5-8, 2013
Charleston, West Virginia

We are pleased to announce the largest conference entirely dedicated to Julian Jaynes's theory on consciousness and the bicameral mind ever held. The multidisciplinary program will feature 30 speakers from six countries over three full days and will be entirely dedicated to exploring various aspects of Jaynes's theory. If you are interested in deepening your understanding of Jaynes's theory and meeting fellow Jaynes enthusiasts from around the world, we encourage you to join us for this unique, one-time event.

Conference Co-chairs and Program Committee: Rabbi James Cohn and Marcel Kuijsten.
Sponsors: The Julian Jaynes Society and Temple Israel (Charleston, West Virginia).
This event is made possible in part by the generous support of the Bertie Cohen "Rabbi's Invitational Series" of Temple Israel.

Keynote Speakers:

Roy F. Baumeister, Ph.D., Dept. of Psychology, Florida State University - The Why, What, and How of Human Consciousness
Dirk Corstens, M.D., Intervoice, Maastricht, Netherlands - The Origins of Voices: Life History and Voices & Lessons for Recovery
Merlin W. Donald, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus, Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada - What We Were, What We Are Becoming: The Human Cognitive Journey

Invited Speakers:

James Cohn (Temple Israel/Marshall University) - A Jaynesian Philology: The Bible as a Written Record of the Dawn of Consciousness
John Hainly (Dept. of Philosophy, Southern University) - A Missing Piece of the Puzzle: Jaynes and the Psychology of Religion
Martin Kommor, M.D. (Dept. of Behavioral Medicine and Psychiatry, West Virginia University) - The Role of Self-Reflection (and Reflective Supervision) in the Development of Psychiatric Residents
Marcel Kuijsten (Executive Director, Julian Jaynes Society) - The Gods of Mesopotamia and the Presentist Fallacy
Clay McNearney, Ph.D. (Dept. of Religious Studies, Marshall University) - Robert Bellah and Julian Jaynes: An Imagined Conversation
Brian J. McVeigh, Ph.D. (Dept. of East Asian Studies, University of Arizona) - The Emergence of Psychotherapies in Modern Japan: A Jaynesian Interpretation
Carole Brooks Platt, Ph.D. (Houston, Texas) - The Right Mind of the Poet
Bill Rowe (UC Santa Cruz) - The Other Origin of Consciousness: Infancy and its Relationship to Julian Jaynes's Theory
Jan Sleutels, Ph.D. (Faculty of Humanities, Leiden University, Netherlands) - The Contingency of Mind: Situating Jaynes in the Changing Landscape of Contemporary Philosophy of Mind
Gary Williams (Dept. of Philosophy, Washington University) - Julian Jaynes and the Refrigerator Light Problem

Contributed Speakers:

Terryl Atkins, Ph.D. (Visual and Performing Arts Dept., Thompson Rivers University, BC, Canada) - Picturing Thinking: Externalization of the Images of Mind in a Darkened Space
Robert H. Bosworth III (Marshall University) - Julian Jaynes, Carl Jung, Hearing Voices, and Seeing Apparitions
Elisabeth Bell Carroll (Author of Chopin in the Attic) - A Vestige of the Bicameral Mind in the Modern World
Gregory Conrow (Philosophy Department, George Mason University) - An Encounter of Jaynes and Derrida: Consciousness, Divine Voice and Writing
Arash Daklan - How to Make a Conscious Chess-Player Machine: Making Artificial Intelligence out of Julian Jaynes' Theory
Paul Evans, Ph.D. (The Sapphire Institute) - Julian Jaynes, the Noosphere, Altered States and Consciousness Evolution
Rafael Gomes Filipe (Universidade Lusófona de Humanidades e Tecnologias, Portugal) - Julian Jaynes's Theory of Consciousness and the Bicameral Mind as a Fertile Source of Insightful New Ideas Concerning the Filmography of Alfred Hitchcock
Mike Finch, Ph.D. - Spacious Mind: The Exploration and Development of Contemporary Mindspace
Ralf Funke (Hamburg, Germany) - The Origin of Consciousness and the Breakdown of Private Language
Eric Alexander La Freniere (James Madison University) - A Bicameral Semiotic: The Linguistic Sign as Image-Word Dyad
Martin L. Lenhardt, Au.D., Ph.D. (Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Virginia Commonwealth University) - Expansion of Jaynes' Wahee-Wahoo Hypothesis for Speech/Language Evolution
Malcolm David Lowe - How Languages Create Mind Space and The 'Analog I'
Walter Ratjen (Center for Artificial Human Intelligence, Tübingen, Germany) - Artificial Prophets
Ted Remington, Ph.D. (Assistant Professor of English and Director of Writing, University of Saint Francis) - Jaynes, Metaphor, and the Rhetorical Structuring of Consciousness
John Schedel, Ph.D. (Medaille College) – Julian Jaynes and Owen Barfield on the Origins, Nature, and Trajectory of Consciousness
Halleh Seddighzadeh, Ph.D/JDc (ARMAN, Division of Forensic Traumatology) - Reconceptualizing Volitional Capacity: A Bicameral Perspective on Cults
Andrew Stehlik, Td.D. (Rutgers Presbyterian Church, New York, NY) - Polytheism, Monotheism and Beyond

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Conference Notes 2013

Posted: Fri Jun 07, 2013 4:33 am
by Abi
Amazing first day presentations and discussions.

My head is exploding with new ideas and connections.

Re: Conference Notes 2013

Posted: Fri Jun 07, 2013 9:46 pm
by Abi
Another day of informative presentations and late night discussions.

It's nice to have a few hours around dinner time to nap and assimilate before meeting up for discussions.

The whole conference has been well-planned and executed.

Just realized the board is on west coast time. I wish it was only 9:48...we could stay up for a few more hours.

Re: 2013 Julian Jaynes Society Conference on Consciousness

Posted: Tue Jun 11, 2013 5:35 pm
by Moderator
Thanks again to everyone who came to the 2013 Julian Jaynes Society Conference on Consciousness and Bicameral Studies. It truly exceeded our expectations! It was great to hear the many thought provoking presentations as well as exchange ideas with so many interesting Jaynes enthusiasts from all over the U.S. and eight foreign countries. We'll be getting photos from the conference posted soon, as well as pdfs of some of the presentations. Audio and video will be made available at some point as well.

Re: 2013 Julian Jaynes Society Conference on Consciousness

Posted: Tue May 06, 2014 12:50 am
by Moderator
The 2013 Julian Jaynes Society Conference on Consciousness and Bicameral Studies audio CD is now available.

It contains 24 lectures related to Jaynes's theory plus a Q & A session with Rabbi James Cohn, Marcel Kuijsten, and Brian J. McVeigh, totaling nearly 12 hours of material. Each lecture has been carefully edited to improve the overall quality. The CD also includes the conference program booklet and photos from the conference.

You can view the contents and order the CD here: ... usness.php