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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.

Management Rewired: Why Feedback Doesn't Work and Other Surprising Lessons from the Latest Brain Science
Charles Jacobs

"Given that there are no references to conscious thinking in the Iliad, but an abundance of them in the Odyssey, Jaynes concluded that consciousness evolved in the period between the creation of the two epics."

How History Made the Mind: The Cultural Origins of Objective Thinking
David Martel Johnson

"Jaynes believed that it was possible to see, from a careful and unbiased examination of documents like Homer's Iliad and the earlier parts of the Old Testament, that the supposedly conscious actions of the individuals described in those documents were results of a set of causal processes that were very dissimilar to those that are usually effective in today's world."

The World Is a Waiting Lover: Desire and the Quest for the Beloved
Trebbe Johnson and Thomas Moore

"According to philosopher and psychologist Julian Jaynes, it is the structure of the human brain itself that accounts for humanity's persistent yearning for a lost, more perfect union."

The Dark Sacrament: True Stories of Modern-Day Demon Possession and Exorcism
David Kiely and Christina McKenna

"I interpret this hypothetical fall of man to be the groping of newly conscious men to narratize what has happened to them, the loss of divine voices and assurances. — Julian Jaynes"

Write It Down, Make It Happen: Knowing What You Want And Getting It
Henriette A. Klauser

"Princeton scholar Julian Jaynes says the greatest scientific and mathematical discoveries happen in the 'Three Bs: the bed, the bath, and the bus.'"

Why the Jews Rejected Jesus: The Turning Point in Western History
David Klinghoffer

"In antiquity, the Near East crawled with demons. Speaking specifically of Mesopotamia, the psychologist and anthropologist Julian Jaynes wrote, 'The very air ... became darkened with them,' a 'decaying civilization as black with demons as a piece of rotting meat with flies.'"

The Quest for Consciousness: A Neurobiological Approach
Christof Koch

"...Psychologist Julian Jaynes sees consciousness as a learned process that originated somewhere in the second millennium B.C. when humans finally realized that the voices inside their heads were not the gods speaking to them but their own internalized speech."

The Everything Buddhism Book: A Complete Introduction to the History, Traditions, and Beliefs of Buddhism, Past and Present
Arnold Kozak

"The late psychologist Julian Jaynes likened consciousness to 'asking a flashlight in a dark room to look around for something that does not have any light shining upon it.'"

On the Wing: Book Two of Flying: A Trilogy (Flying: a Trilogy)
Eric Kraft

"Because a physical space in the world can always be returned to, ... we feel irrationally, somehow certain, impossibly certain, that we should be able to return again to some often unfinished relationship ... back in the imagined inexistent space of the past. — Julian Jaynes"

Reflections on the Dawn of Consciousness: Julian Jaynes's Bicameral Mind Theory Revisited
Marcel Kuijsten (editor)

"Julian Jaynes's theories for the nature of self-awareness, introspection, and consciousness have replaced the assumption of their almost ethereal uniqueness with explanations that could initiate the next change in paradigm for human thought."

History, Religion, and Antisemitism
Gavin I. Langmuir

"And whatever may be thought of Julian Jaynes's thesis about auditory hallucinations, there can be no doubt that religious revelation has frequently taken the form of hearing voices speaking in humanly comprehensible terms about empirically observable matters."

Religious Education and the Brain: A Practical Resource for Understanding How We Learn About God
Jerry Larsen

"Jaynes claims that reflexive thought and thinking about one's self was not possible until the development of language, intercultural travel and commerce."

The Fundamentalist Mind: How Polarized Thinking Imperils Us All
Stephen Larsen

"Whether or not you find merit in Jaynes's theory, he presents massive scholarly evidence for a divided human brain that fails to differentiate where its ideas come from, and hence exhibits the mental susceptibility to 'supernatural' influences."

Origins Reconsidered: In Search of What Makes Us Human
Richard E. Leakey

"'Few questions have endured longer or traversed a more perplexing history than this, the problem of consciousness and its place in nature,' says Julian Jaynes, a Princeton psychologist."

The Curse of the Self: Self-Awareness, Egotism, and the Quality of Human Life
Mark R. Leary

"Julian Jaynes, a Princeton psychologist, offered the provocative and highly controversial hypothesis that human beings were, in fact, precisely in this position until relatively recently in their history."

Modernity and the Hegemony of Vision
David M. Levin

"Eric Havelock and Julian Jaynes have both suggested that in oral culture the separation between dreaming and waking is less fixed."

A Geography of Time: The Temporal Misadventures of a Social Psychologist, or How Every Culture Keeps Time Just a Little Bit Differently
Robert V. Levine

Psychologist Julian Jaynes defines civilization as the 'art of living in towns of such size that everyone does not know everyone else.'"

Complexity: Life at the Edge of Chaos
Roger Lewin

"The Princeton psychologist Julian Jaynes wrote: 'Few questions have endured longer or traversed a more perplexing history than this, the problem of consciousness and its place in nature ... Something about it keeps returning, not taking a solution.'"

Shame: The Exposed Self
Michael Lewis

"Julian Jaynes offers the controversial hypothesis that the Western notion of self underwent a radical change in pre-Hellenic times."

The Mind in the Cave: Consciousness and the Origins of Art
David Lewis-Williams

The Iliad (Cliffs Notes)
Bob Linn

"Jaynes presents the idea that modern consciousness is of relatively recent origin and that earlier man had a bicameral mind, one chamber of which literally spoke to the other when decisions or thoughtful action was needed."

Social Constructionism: Sources and Stirrings in Theory and Practice
Andy Lock and Tom Strong

"Julian Jaynes has offered a (controversial) interpretation of selfhood in these times — which lasted longest in their western and northern instantiations."

The Evolution of Future Consciousness: The Nature and Historical Development of the Human Capacity to Think about the Future
Thomas Lombardo

"Using the writings of Homer as one primary source of evidence, the psychologist Julian Jaynes has argued that ancient people actually did hear or experience the voices of deities in their minds. ... Their minds were more a multiplicity of wills and personalities than a singular voice."

Mind Flight: A Journey into the Future
Tom Lombardo

"One classic example of this type of social change concerns the hearing of the voices of spirits — or gods or goddesses — in one's mind. Several thousand years ago, such experiences may have been the norm. ... This is the theory presented in a book I read at this time by Julian Jaynes."

Fear Of Life
Alexander Lowen

"Julian Jaynes ... places this change in the later part of the second millennium B.C. However, Jaynes is not talking about consciousness in general but self-consciousness or ego consciousness."