Julian Jaynes reconsidered

8 Dec

[Because of some WordPress glitch (or possibly an error on my part) this post was appearing in the wrong place, so I am re-posting it here]

I, for one, do take Julian Jaynes’ The Origin of Consciousness in the Breakdown of the Bicameral Mind seriously. However, I believe that Jaynes was using the term “consciousness” idiosyncratically and this had led to massive misunderstanding. Of course ancient people were consciousness as are animals. But, I think what he really meant to say was “the modern volitional self.”

In any event here is a good article telling the story of Janyes and his famous book.

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