The Origin of Consciousness in the Breakdown of the Bicameral Mind has ratings and reviews. Terence said: I am giving Julian Jaynes’ The Origin. In Julian Jaynes published his controversial book The Origins of Consciousness in the Breakdown of the Bicameral Mind, introducing the hypothesis of a. Overview of Julian Jaynes’s Theory in the controversial but critically acclaimed book The Origin of Consciousness in the Breakdown of the Bicameral Mind.

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And “when visual hallucinations occur with voices, they are merely shining light or cloudy fog, as Thetis came to Achilles or Yahwey to Moses. As fascinating as Jaynes’ ideas may be, it’s not clear what we’re supposed to do with them.

He doesn’t believe this happened right away and suddenly everyone was conscious.

Perspective of Mind: Julian Jaynes

His contention is that mankind’s idea of thought was a different beast three thousand ye I’m giving this one five stars not because I agree with it, but because it is so unique and remarkable. Its legendary cruelty was not a manifestation of the CM but of the BM brexkdown to reassert control by prompting the Assyrians to destroy what was alien. If you are interested in gaining a thorough understanding of Jaynes’s theory, we recommend the following: Jaynes emerged after three years, convinced that animal experiments could help him understand how consciousness first evolved, and bicamersl the next three years in graduate school at Yale University.

Very few books delight and intrigue me the way this one has. A peiod of relative chaos follows this breakdown, coonsciousness which new conscious systems are invented or adopted.

Overview of Julian Jaynes’s Theory

The Witness of History 1. I’m so glad we’re out of the 80s and this kind of thought is ujlian replaced with science based methods. It mmind been living in this room longer than there has been a computer here.


It explains the origin of religion. Somewhere between the two, though, I think the book helps the reader understand an earlier age.

My tendency had been to consider the claims made for supernatural interventions in human affairs, that is, much of religion, as being sinister contrivances or simple craziness, as being lies or loonyness.

The Origin of Consciousness in the Breakdown of the Bicameral Mind

The first stirrings of the CM came in the 2nd millennium BC; and by the 1st millennium, it had become the dominant hemisphere of the brain.

J aynes was the son of a Unitarian minister in West Newton, Massachusetts.

Jaynes inferred that these “voices” came from the right brain counterparts of the left brain language centres; specifically, the counterparts to Wernicke’s area and Broca’s area. Origin as I will refer to it henceforth touches on history, philosophy, psychology, linguistics, and anthropology.

Do we consciously create an “I”? I’m giving this one five stars not because I agree with it, but because it is so unique and remarkable. What I like especially about this book is that Jayne takes us to a far consxiousness place.

Bicameralism (psychology) – Wikipedia

The BM remains with us but in modern society is found only with schizophrenics and under special conditions such as hypnosis, deep meditation or religious frenzy. But he mainly focuses on Mycenean Greek material–and it is this material which we will examine mostly in this post. Even at its most specific, his hypothesis is wholly unfalsifiable, and the supporting data, while extensive, is hard to evaluate.

He was in his early 50s, a fairly heavy drinker, untenured, and apparently uninterested in tenure. It traces vestiges of the BM still found in the modern world.

The gods mainly “talked” to them–but sometimes “appeared,” such as Athene appeared to Achilles. So books like the Bible and the Iliad are glimpses not only into different eras, but entirely different modes of human thought.


Perhaps most intriguingly, Jaynes maintains that this variety of consciousness persisted consciouwness the dawn of recorded history. This goes mjnd science’s desire for rigor, bicameal to know the universe means its mathematical formulation He relies too much on the earlier consciouwness of the Iliad for his argument and one is suspicious that he is not really qualified to handle the material.

breakdownn The whole book is absolutely fascinating and presented me with a completely new perspective jylian history, religion, science, and psychology. Jaynes asserts that in the Iliad and sections of the Old Testament no mention is made of any kind of cognitive processes such as introspectionand there is no apparent indication that the writers were self-aware. As Jaynes saw it, a great deal of what is happening to you right now does not seem to be part of your consciousness until your attention is drawn to it.

To explore the origins of this inner country, Jaynes first presents a masterful precis of what consciousness is not.

I think that, just as people’s understanding might err due to, say, Eurocentrism, or American exceptionalism, Julian Jayne’s breaakdown erred due to “present-centrism.

Mass hallucination was an essential tool for early social organization, one that evolved into modern individuated consciousness only as circumstances changed. Jaynes provides many supporting evidences for each idea, but also admits the limitations and weaknesses of each one. Apes, elephants, cetaceans, corvids and perhaps others all show jaynse sign of self-awareness.

Dec 03, Matt rated it really liked it.