Introductory Interviews

Watch introductory interviews on Julian Jaynes’s theory of the origin of consciousness and the bicameral mind, as well as other related interviews.

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Marcel Kuijsten
“Julian Jaynes, the Bicameral Mind, and the Origin of Consciousness “
Includes discussion of the problem of consciousness, what is consciousness is and is not according to Julian Jaynes, the importance of metaphorical language and writing, features of consciousness, Nicholas Humphrey’s research on cave art and autism, evidence from the Iliad, ancient bicameral civilizations, the Thera explosion and ensuing tsunami, and Michael Carr’s research on the bicameral mind in China. In the second hour, Marcel Kuijsten discusses the role of drugs, entheogens, hallucinogens in eliciting bicameral hallucinations, the importance of dreams in documenting the transition from bicamerality to consciousness, the origin of religion and the bicameral mind, and more. Also discussed is the significance to the theory of religious figures like Moses, Jesus and Muhammad, to more modern people like William Blake, Emanuel Swedenborg and Joseph Smith.
Marcel Kuijsten
“Julian Jaynes and the Bicameral Mind Theory”
Includes an introduction to Julian Jaynes’s theory, an explanation of what consciousness is and is not according to Julian Jaynes, consciousness and language, an explanation of the bicameral mind, follow up books on Jaynes’s theory, the origin of the Julian Jaynes Society, misconceptions about Jaynes’s theory, confusion over the term “consciousness,” the origin of religion and the bicameral mind, the nature of voice hearing, new evidence for Jaynes’s theory, and much more.
Brian J. McVeigh
“The Voices in Your Head: How God Became “I””

More Related Interviews:

Rabbi James Cohn
“Announcing the Julian Jaynes Society Conference on Consciousness and Bicameral Studies”
Iris Sommer
“Investigating Voices”
Professor of Psychiatry Iris Sommer and her team explain the experience and neurology of auditory hallucinations; their research supports Jaynes’s neurological model for the bicameral mind.