Straightdope on Julian Jaynes

Recent news relevant to Julian Jaynes's theory of consciousness and the bicameral mind.
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Straightdope on Julian Jaynes

Post by Gororules »

The Straight Dope is an old forum dominated by rationalists and humanists. The topic of Julian Jaynes came up.

Feel free to participate if you wish. John Mace, as usual, is the stubborn establishment type. ... p?t=764916
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Re: Straightdope on Julian Jaynes

Post by DanBlocker »

Interesting thread. A pity that I did not check earlier. I would have loved to contribute.
The lesson to be learned from the thread, of course, is that many intelligent people, with only a vague idea of what Jaynes is all about, feel confident in claiming that the theory is "not even nonsense". What is particularly troubling is the claim that it is pseudo science because there is no way to falsify, whereas in fact, at least the strong version of the theory, consciousness arising only 3000 years ago, is easily falsified. Well...
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