05 May

JULIAN JAYNES – VOICES OF THE GODS

Julian Jaynes has taught at Yale, Princeton and Cambridge, England. He was trained as a behavioral psychologist but became interested in the development of consciousness…essentially mind and it’s place in nature. He feels that consciousness was not a development of animal evolution but came after language and was evolved in human culture. He found that before about 1300 B.C. man did not think of himself in introspective terms but rather “heard voices” from the gods who told him what to do and how best to survive; that around this date great chaos and cataclysm raged and the old structure broke down and after that man developed a consciousness or inner space. He calls the preconscious mind “The Bicameral Mind” and discusses this fascinating theory, auditory hallucinations, neurological bases for assumptions about the mind, and the refreshing idea that we are extremely young in this business of consciousness and eventually we will probably be able to dance after all. Recorded 1971.


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