The origin of consciousness in the breakdown of the bicameral mind

Front Cover
Houghton Mifflin, 1976 - Philosophy - 467 pages
21 Reviews
Proposes that human brains existed in a bicameral state until as recently as 3000 years ago and that consciousness as we know it was a subsequent development. This controversial theory has been called "either complete rubbish or consumate genius."

From inside the book

What people are saying - Write a review

User ratings

5 stars
10
4 stars
9
3 stars
2
2 stars
0
1 star
0

LibraryThing Review

User Review  - dougb56586 - LibraryThing

According to the author, language is a prerequisite of consciousness, and civilization is possible without consciousness. In fact, the author says that earlier than about 3000 years ago, the ancient ... Read full review

LibraryThing Review

User Review  - mattresslessness - LibraryThing

It's stunt theory, pure and simple. A fairly hefty catalogue could be made of Jaynes' reach exceeding his grasp, but you don't go to an Evel Knievel show and complain about reckless driving - you go ... Read full review

Contents

Section 1
21
Section 2
48
Section 3
67

20 other sections not shown

Other editions - View all

Common terms and phrases

Bibliographic information