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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My point here is that for such natural reasoning to occur, consciousness is not necessary.

According to Julian Jaynes, “the idols of a bicameral world are the carefully tended centers of social control, with auditory hallucinations instead of pheromones. A secret theater of speechless monologues and prevenient counsel, an oriyin mansion of all moods, musings, and mysteries, an infinite resort of disappointment and discoveries.

Or at least they were, for the bicameral man. Conscious focus is required to learn to put together puzzles or execute a tennis serve or even play the piano. The impetus was that I was a graduate breakxown in psychology and a professor spoke positively of it. It’s speculative power has made many a head spin, I think. From the start, I thought something else was wrong with the picture since I was doing my research on dreams and Julian Jaynes didn’t mention dreams. If we consider what he says to be true: But after a skill is mastered, it recedes below the horizon into the fuzzy world of the unconscious.

By that date we were already tilling fields and founding the first cities, the Pyramids had been built and the Iliad written – all by non-conscious human beings according to Jaynes. I’m so glad we’re out of the 80s and this kind of thought is being replaced with science based methods. Together they constitute the bicameral mind.


And that has incredible weight. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. And the privacy of it all! Copyright Julian Jaynes Society. These brexkdown are still open.

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Jaynes asserts that consciousness did not arise far back in human evolution but is a learned process based on metaphorical language. View all 12 comments. Whatever the weaknesses of his theory, though, this book is definitely worth reading for the sheer number of insights it contains about our consciousness, ancient Greek literature, psychology, history, and our modern world that may or may not exhibit relics of our bicameral past.

Certainly, there is a lot to digest, but somehow, I’m left with the “gut” feeling that he’s onto something, and while he’s wrong in the generalization of the narrative, there is a genuine understanding of the changes that come to the average or prevalent mindset as it grows out of a monoglot, heavily habituated state into something more ritualized, then onto true deliberation and negotiation, which brings us into the modern era.

It’s hard to find, but it is out there.

The response was a breakdown in authority and a calamitous rise in violence. It is very clearly written but you need to be willing to think about the origin of consciousness.

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It will come as no surprise that schizophrenia is the clearest remnant but there are also oracles, possession including glossolaliapoetry and music see Singing for some recent speculations along these linesand hypnosis. Follow her on Twitter here. His descriptions of how victims of certain forms of brain injury seem to experience similarly helped me see the psychotic more sympathetically as well. The remainder of bicamreal one clarifies the rest of his reasoning as to why he came to his conclusion about humans living without consciousness.


All of a sudden we thought, that sounds great, and we mknd all reading it. This book’s weirdness, however, is an essential part of its continued popularity.

Christof Koch By Kevin Berger. Retrieved 8 November And that was what tormented Jaynes.

Then there’s his obsession with hallucinated voice which, incidentally, made me so interested in the whole topic that I went ahead and bought the audiobook for Oliver Sack’s Hallucinations. So I say bravo to him, its an interesting jaynew and as far as reading goes an interesting read for that matter, which is what this site is about. The term was coined by Julian Jayneswho presented the idea in his book The Origin of Consciousness in the Breakdown of the Bicameral Mind[1] wherein he made the case that a bicameral mentality was breakdow normal and ubiquitous state of the human mind as recently as 3, years ago, near the end of the Mediterranean bronze age.

I don’t want to make jayns review of this book too long.

I was particularly struck by the following passage italics as in original: It is Wernicke’s area that is crucial for human speech. He throws his thesis out there, marks it as a point for us to follow. Jayne declares that bifameral Iliadic heroes heard “voices,” real speech and directions from the gods–as clearly as those diagnosed epileptic or schizophrenic today. The main ideas of this theory are: