The origin of consciousness in the breakdown of the bicameral mind

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Houghton Mifflin, 1976 - Philosophy - 467 pages
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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."

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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

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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


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