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Straightdope on Julian Jaynes

Posted: Sun Aug 16, 2015 10:26 am
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

Re: Straightdope on Julian Jaynes

Posted: Tue Sep 01, 2015 2:45 am
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...