The Julian Jaynes Collection

Hardcover Edition
2012, 376 pages, $26.95
Softcover Edition
2019, 409 pages, $24.95
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Expanded to include a new, previously unpublished 30 page radio interview with Julian Jaynes! (Softcover and Digital editions)





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Princeton University psychologist Julian Jaynes's revolutionary theory on the origin of consciousness or the "modern mind" remains as relevant and thought-provoking as when it was first proposed. Supported by recent discoveries in neuroscience, Jaynes's ideas force us to rethink conventional views of human history and psychology, and have profound implications for many aspects of modern life.

Included in this volume are rare and never before seen articles, lectures, interviews, and in-depth discussions that both clear up misconceptions as well as extend Jaynes's theory into new areas such as the nature of the self, dreams, emotions, art, music, therapy, and the consequences and future of consciousness.

A must read for anyone seriously interested in Jaynes's theory. An instant collector's item, the book includes:

  • Discussion of the life of Julian Jaynes.
  • All of Jaynes's relevant articles and lectures for the first time gathered together in one volume.
  • Previously unpublished lectures by Julian Jaynes, including "The Dream of Agamemnon," which extends his theory to dreams and the discovery of time, and "Imagination and the Dance of the Self," discussing the nature of the self, emotions, and the consequences of consciousness.
  • Rare and previously unpublished radio and in-person interviews and in-depth question and answer sessions with Julian Jaynes discussing many aspects of his theory, including: the nature of consciousness, dreams, consciousness in children, cognition in animals, the discovery of time, the nature of the self, the mentality of tribes, emotions, art, music, poetry, prophecy, mental illness, therapy, the consequences and future of consciousness, brain hemisphere differences, vestiges of the bicameral mind, and much more. In these interviews and discussions, Jaynes addresses nearly every question one might have about his theory. This is the closest one could come to having a personal conversation with Julian Jaynes.
  • A 22 page Introduction by Marcel Kuijsten discussing Jaynes's influence and the latest new evidence for his theory.

This first edition hardcover is not sold in stores and is available exclusively through the Julian Jaynes Society, Amazon.com, and Barnes & Noble.com.