Jayne’s Theory of the Bicameral Mind
|Jayne’s theory of bicameral mind||Reading|
|Title:||The Origin of Consciousness in the Breakdown of the Bicameral Mind|
|Authors:||Julian Jaynes & James Patrick Cronin|
Bicamerality, All, Bicameral Mind, Current Reading, excorcism”, hallucinations, hypnosis,linguistics, Philology, Philosophy, posession, Psychology, schizophrenia
|Plug:||At the heart of this classic, seminal book is Julian Jaynes’ still-controversial thesis that human consciousness did not begin far back in animal evolution but instead is a learned process that came about only 3,000 years ago and is still developing. The implications of this revolutionary scientific paradigm extend into virtually every aspect of our psychology, our history and culture, our religion―and indeed our future.|
|Analysis 30 years later||The “bicameral mind” 30 years on: a critical reappraisal of Julian Jaynes’ hypothesis|
|Source Article||Article on internet|
It’s plausible that language and metaphor are exactly what human’s developed over time and, perhaps with great speed – there have been leaps and lapses. I don’t necessarily agree with the notion of absolute automaton human and yet there is a prevailing theory we call Spiral Dynamics which allows for the evolution of “consciousness” and it resonates with self + other as humans evolved relationships with other humans beyond a basic need for survival of the species.
That being said, I’m into the book because I like the general refutation of anatomical explanations (even perhaps neurology today) for everything just don’t = consciousness in the whole but appear to be the automaton side of us, where decisions don’t even require advance thinking and analysis. Jayne illustrates with the recent archeological finds supporting the fact that the Iliad was a historical document. It recorded from oral traditions perhaps a number of times and the embellishment of the details to extraordinary myth was the domain of the transcribers .
I remember reading some texts in recent years that illustrated some facets of our human evolution where there was no consciousness. Like in the mythology of “The 500” –
Men were not torn by any semblance to cowardice or other fears like death or harm – they were just doing what the men were born to do. The movie based on Matthew Quirk’s book “The 500” does not exactly illustrate my point as the characters had more modern “thinking” than some philosophers and cultural historians would have allowed for the time.
The second idea I want to explore is “Consciousness not a copy of experience” which is an interesting take on things as we believe them to be.
Last, I also like Jayne’s writing style – so I may analyze that in my own way:
Statement: bla bla bla
Objection: Bla bla bla…
Reply: Bla bla bla….
Hope to follow up with some tidbits of insight and value to my work.
Notes, collections and musings from Jim Muir
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