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Books Related to Jaynes's Bicameral Mind Theory

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Books that Refer to Julian Jaynes's Theory

Below is a sampling of the thousands of books that cite or refer to Julian Jaynes's theory, showing its wide-ranging, ongoing influence — some of them may surprise you. Inclusion in this list does not constitute an endorsement by the Julian Jaynes Society.

Understanding Creativity: The Interplay of Biological, Psychological, and Social Factors
John S. Dacey and Kathleen H. Lennon

"Throughout early human history, Jaynes posits, people uniformly believed that the gods controlled the chamber of the mind in which new thoughts occur."

The Feeling of What Happens: Body and Emotion in the Making of Consciousness
Antonio Damasio

"When Julian Jaynes presents his engaging thesis about the evolution of consciousness, he is referring to consciousness post-language, not to core consciousness as I described it."

Self Comes to Mind: Constructing the Conscious Brain
Antonio Damasio

"... I sympathize with Julian Jaynes's claim that something of great import may have happened to the human mind during the relatively brief interval of time between the events narrated in the Iliad and those that make up the Odyssey."




Vico, Metaphor, and the Origin of Language
Marcel Danesi

"According to Jaynes, in prehistoric times the brain was bicameral, not bilateral. The LH was not the so-called dominant one that it is in the modern brain."

R.S. Thomas: Poetry and Theology
William Virgil Davis

"In The Origin of Consciousness in the Breakdown of the Bicameral Mind, Julian Jaynes suggests a theory for the source of poetry as an outgrowth of man's 'nostalgia for the absolute' in a world from which the divine (and the oracles which are thought to issue messages from the divine, from God) has withdrawn."

The God Delusion
Richard Dawkins

"Jaynes notes that many people perceive their own thought processes as a kind of dialogue beween the 'self' and another internal protagonist inside the head. Nowadays we understand that both 'voices' are our own — or if we don't we are treated as mentally ill."

In Search of Human Nature: The Decline and Revival of Darwinism in American Social Thought
Carl N. Degler

"The accomplishment of that task, warned psychologists Julian Jaynes and Mavin Bressler as long ago as 1971, will not be easy, however desirable it undoubtedly is."

Ritalin Nation: Rapid-Fire Culture and the Transformation of Human Consciousness
Richard J. Degrandpre

"As Julian Jaynes argues in his classic The Origin of Consciousness in the Breakdown of the Bicameral Mind, even consciousness itself may be a relatively recent, culturally inspired phenomenon."

The Observing Self: Mysticism and Psyhotherapy
Arthur J. Deikman

"Julian Jaynes has suggested that at one time a much freer communication existed between the hemispheres in human beings, with the right brain being experienced as a hallucinated voice, ascribed to a god."

All About Dreams: Everything You Need To Know About Why We Have Them, What They Mean, and How To Put Them To Work for You
Gayle M. Delaney

"Dreams in which the dreamer reports that a being comes to the place where the dreamer is sleeping and delivers a message (i.e., the dreams of Gudea, Thutmose IV, Jacob, and Solomon, to name a few) lend themselves to an interesting discussion of Jaynes's conception of the bicameral mind."

Notes for a New Mind: Brain Lateralization, Deconstruction, And the New Myth
William C. Dell

"Julian Jaynes believes prehistoric man actually heard the gods singing and speaking as verbal hallucinations."

Breaking the Spell: Religion as a Natural Phenomenon
Daniel C. Dennett

"One of the more plausible arguments made by Julian Jaynes ... was that this riotous explosion of different ways of passing the buck to an external deciding-gadget was a manifestation of human beings' growing difficultties with self-control, as human groups became larger and more complicated."

Consciousness Explained
Daniel C. Dennett

"The psychologist Julian Jaynes has argued persuasively that its capacities for self-exhortation and self-reminding are a prerequisite for the sorts of elaborated and long-term bouts of self-control without which agriculture, building projects, and other civilized and civilizing activities could not be organized."

Darwin's Dangerous Idea: Evolution and the Meanings of Life
Daniel C. Dennett

"Darwin was convinced that language was the prerequisite for 'long trains of thought,' and this claim has been differently supported by several recent theorists, especially Julian Jaynes and Howard Margolis."

Kinds of Minds: Towards an Understanding of Consciousness
Daniel C. Dennett

"The discussion of making things to think with in chapters 5 and 6 was inspired not just by Richard Gregory's Mind in Science and Andy Clark and Annette Karmiloff-Smith's 1993 paper, but also by Karmiloff-Smith's book Beyond Modularity, and by several earlier books that have been fruitfully rattling around in my brain for years: Julian Jaynes' The Origin of Consciousness in the Breakdown of the Bicameral Mind... "

Your Body Doesn't Lie: Unlock the Power of Your Natural Energy
John Diamond

"According to Julian Jaynes, thymos, or thumos, as it is sometimes spelled, together with six other terms variously translated as mind, spirit, or soul, was a key ingredient in the evolution of Homeric consciousenss."

The Power of Limits: Proportional Harmonies in Nature, Art, and Architecture
Gyorgy Doczi

"The bold and extraordinary theory of Julian Jaynes traces the origin as well as the present-day problems of consciousness to a breakdown in the double structure of our minds."

Theory of Mind: How Children Understand Others' Thoughts and Feelings
Martin J. Doherty

"Julian Jaynes made the intriguing claim that until about 3000 years ago, humans were not concious in the way they are now. Instead, they acted on commands heard from 'gods'. These commands in fact emanated from the right hemisphere of a person's own brain, and reflected their own desires and knowledge."

A Mind So Rare: The Evolution of Human Consciousness
Merlin Donald

"Julian Jaynes once proposed that consciousness, in the sense of self-consciousness, was stricly a cultural invention, and a very recent one at that."

The Light at the End of the World
Lorraine Dopson

"Consciousness itself may be a product of human history and culture (Jaynes)."

Creating Poetry
John Drury

"Think of a familiar story and try to retell it by singing it. Julian Jaynes suggests this exercise in The Origin of Consciousness in the Breakdown of the Bicameral Mind."

Incognito: The Secret Lives of the Brain
David Eagleman

"In 1976, the American psychology Julian Jaynes proposed that until late in the second millennium B.C.E., humans had no introspective consciousness, and that instead their minds were essentially divided into two, with their left hemispheres following the commands from their right hemispheres."

Drawing on the Artist Within
Betty Edwards

"A well-known physicist in Britain once told Wolfgang Kohler, 'We often talk about the three B's, the Bus, the Bath, and the Bed. That is where the great discoveries are made in our science.' — Julian Jaynes"


Anatomy of Genius: Split Brains and Global Minds
Jan Ehrenwald

"The historic meeting of Cortez and Montezuma ... illustrates an improbable encounter of two disparate personalities and civilizations, one literate, controlled by rigid left hemispheric programming and ideologies, the other by what Julian Jaynes called the bicameral mind, presided over by the right hemisphere, the sounding board of the hallucinatory voices of dead kings and immortal gods."

The Spirituality of Sex
J. Harold Ellens

"In his fine book ... Julian Jaynes has informed us that our most meaningful experience of life is not derived from our analytical and logical consciousness. That is important left-brain work. However, the meaningfulness of our lives derives mostly from our right brain, in which we experience our emotional, aesthetic, and intuitive meanings."

Understanding Religious Experiences: What the Bible Says about Spirituality
J. Harold Ellens

"In 1976 Julian Jaynes, a professor of psychology at Princeton University, published a wonderfully intriguing and evocative book with a long and complicated title, The Origin of Consciousness in the Breakdown of the Bicameral Mind."

Sister Aimee: The Life of Aimee Semple McPherson
Daniel M. Epstein

"These women were operating and communicating through a spiritual 'ground of being' well described by Julian Jaynes in The Origin of Consciousness in the Breakdown of the Bicameral Mind."

Tranquil Prisons: Chemical Incarceration Under Community Treatment Orders
Erick Fabris

"Consciousness might be considered self-reflective capacity, as in Julian Jaynes' philosophy."

Judaism for Dummies
Ted Falcon and David Blatner

"The scholar Julian Jaynes postulated that in biblical times, the human brain itself was in the process of evolving, so that what people now know as intuitive insights might have been experienced as an outer 'voice of God.'"

The Museum Experience
John H. Falk

"Julian Jaynes provided perhaps the best analogy when, describing consciousness, he suggested that what we are aware of is like a flashlight in a dark room. We can only see what is illuminated at any given instant; nothing else exists."

A Clinical Introduction to Lacanian Psychoanalysis: Theory and Technique
Bruce Fink

"My approach to self-consciousness here can be fruitfully compared with Julian Jaynes' theory of the origin of (what he refers to simply as) consciousness — a theory he presents in The Origin of Consciousness in the Breakdown of the Bicameral Mind. Jaynes ... recognizes the importance of langauge (and even of metaphor) in the advent of consciousness in human history and in each child's ability to become self-conscious."

Self, Logic, and Figurative Thinking
Harwood Fisher

"As Julian Jaynes points out, our way of thinking would be occurring after the sea change in the structure of consciousness and its analytic capabilities that has occurred over millennia."

The Midnight Disease: The Drive to Write, Writer's Block, and the Creative Brain
Alice W. Flaherty

"On this view, proposed by Julian Jaynes, Michael Persinger, and others, the experience of receiving instruction from the muse lies somewhere on the spectrum ranging from the normal inner voice to the completely ego-alien voices in auditory hallucinations and, perhaps, religious experience."

Stages of Faith: The Psychology of Human Development
James W. Fowler

"Experiences in infancy and early childhood, before the emergence of what Julian Jaynes calls the 'narratizing consciousness' makes conscious memory possible, give powerful form to our knowing of self, others and our forming of 'the world.'"

The Volitional Brain : Towards a Neuroscience of Free Will
Anthony Freeman, Keith Sutherland, Benjamin Libet

"As described by Julian Jaynes in his The Origin of Consciousness in the Breakdown of the Bicameral Mind, the subjects were asked to lift two (small) weights in front of them an decide which one was heavier."