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Books Related to Jaynes's Bicameral Mind Theory

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Books that Refer to Julian Jaynes's Theory

Below is a sampling of the thousands of books that cite or refer to Julian Jaynes's theory, showing its wide-ranging, ongoing influence some of them may surprise you. Inclusion in this list does not constitute an endorsement by the Julian Jaynes Society.

A Few Small Candles: War Resisters of World War II Tell Their Stories
Larry Gara and Lenna Mae Gara

"Julian Jaynes became a professor at Princeton, a specialist in physiological psychology, and an author of influential books."

Secret Societies: Gardiner's Forbidden Knowledge: Revelations About the Freemasons, Templars, Illuminati, Nazis, and the Serpent Cults
Philip Gardiner

"In The Origin of Consciousness in the Breakdown of the Bicameral Mind, Julian Jaynes tells us something interesting about these governing gods: 'Throughout Mesopotamia, from the earliest times of Sumer and Akkad, all lands were owned by gods and men were their slaves.'"

The Third Man Factor: True Stories of Survival in Extreme Environments
John Geiger

"...Julian Jaynes provided a context in which the Third Man could be viewed as the product of brain processes."

Arguing About the Mind
Brie Gertler and Lawrence Shapiro

"So begins Julian Jaynes' dramatic depiction of conscious experience, the phenomenon at the core of philosophical inquiry into the mind."

Zones of Re-membering: Time, Memory, and (un)Consciousness
Don Gifford

"In The Origin of Consciousness in the Breakdown of the Bicameral Mind Julian Jaynes argues that Homer and his fellows were not remembering and reciting as we would, but that they were actually being spoken to or spoken through by presences other than themselves, presences we would call 'hallucinations'."

Compel: How to Get Others in Your Organization to Think and Act Differently
Robert D. Gilbreath

"A provocative treatise on this is Julian Jaynes' The Origin of Consciousness in the Breakdown of the Bicameral Mind. Though hotly debated, it was internationally acclaimed and called "As startling ... as Darwin's dissolution of species, as Einstein's reigning of light,' by Richard Rhodes."

On Retirements: Playing Seriously with the Work of Growing Old
Jon Barnard Gilmore

"Here I am reminded again of Julian Jaynes' remarkable discourse on the central role of hearing and language in human psychology."

The Executive Brain: Frontal Lobes and the Civilized Mind
Elkhonon Goldberg

"... A somewhat similar conclusion was reached by Julian Jaynes in his rendition of the 'bicameral mind' with the 'voices of gods' emanating from the right hemisphere to guide our ancestors as they navigated novel situations three millennia ago."

The New Executive Brain: Frontal Lobes in a Complex World
Elkhonon Goldberg

"In his remarkable cultural-neuropsychological essay, Julian Jaynes advances the idea that internally generated executive commands were mistaken by primitive humans for externally originated voices of gods."

Theology of Religions: A Sourcebook for Interreligious Study
Eugene F. Gorski

"In an influential account of its appearance, Julian Jaynes finds no evidence of self-reflective consciousness before the second millennium."

Handbook of Experimental Existential Psychology
Jeff Greenberg, Sander L. Koole, and Tom Pyszczynski

"As Julian Jaynes forcefully observed: 'Culture ... is different from anything else we know of in the universe. That is a fact. It is as if all life evolved to a certain point, and then in ourselves turned at a right angle and simply exploded ina different direction.'"

A Hole in the Head: More Tales in the History of Neuroscience
Charles G. Gross

Maps of the Mind: Charts and Concepts of the Mind and its Labyrinths
Charles Hampden-Turner

"Gods, Voices, and the Bicameral Mind: The theories of Julian Jaynes"

The Vocal Vision: Views on Voice by 24 Leading Teachers, Coaches and Directors
Marion Hampton and Barbara Acker

"Julian Jaynes, in his seminal book, The Origin of Consciousness in the Breakdown of the Bicameral Mind, indicates to us that consciousness is based on language, rather than having existed before language."

 

 

 

Mormonism and the American Experience
Klaus J. Hansen

ReMembering Osiris: Number, Gender, and the Word in Ancient Egyptian Representational Systems
Tom Hare

"In addition to the similarities between Hegel and the patristic tradition (represented by Augustine in our discussion), Hegel and late classical Idealism (exemplified by Plotinus), etc. we might mention here the evolutionary psychology of Julian Jaynes, who saw the emergence of consciousness as, essentially, something that happened with the Greeks."

The Last Hours of Ancient Sunlight
Thom Hartmann

"Jaynes suggests what we now call hallucinations probably were a common part of the everyday experience of ancient peoples."

Jung in the 21st Century Volume One: Evolution and Archetype
John Haule

"The origin of real individuality through a growing dependence on directed thinking is the theme of Julian Jaynes' famous and very intriguing book, The Origin of Consciousness in the Breakdown of the Bicameral Mind."

The Gospel of Gabriel: A Life of Jesus the Christ
Edward M. Hays

"Julian Jaynes speaks of such voices in his controversial book, The Origin of Consciousness in the Breakdown of the Bicameral Mind. Jaynes says that what we call thoughts today were once heard as actual voices by early peoples."

Memory'S Ghost: The Nature Of Memory And The Strange Tale Of Mr. M
Philip J. Hilts

"What emerged, psychologist Julian Jaynes says, was the greatest of all cultural steps, the transformation of wandering tribes of twenty people to the settling of several hundred in the first town."

Cancer and the Search for Selective Biochemical Inhibitors
Edward J. Hoffman

"Princeton psychologist Julian Jaynes once wrote of scientisms or clusters of scientific ideas that 'almost surprise themsevles into creeds of belief.'"

The Left Hand of God: A Biography of the Holy Spirit
Adolf Holl

"In short, the gods play the role of consciousness. This is the finding of Julian Jaynes, the Princeton psychologist who has made what is thus far the boldest proposal for explaining the slow emergence of the 'I' that is at the center of ... modern consciousness."

The Mind's I: Fantasies and Reflections on Self & Soul
Douglas R. Hofstadter and Daniel C. Dennett

"Certainly the boldest claim and most ingeniously argued case for such a development is Julian Jaynes's The Origin of Consciousness in the Breakdown of the Bicameral Mind, in which he argues that consciousness of the familiar, typically human sort is a very recent phenomenon, whose onset is datable in historical times, not biological eons."

The Hero and the Goddess: The Odyssey as Pathway to Personal Transformation
Jean Houston

"In The Origin of Consciousness in the Breakdown of the Bicameral Mind, a curious and ingenious study of this phenomenon, Julian Jaynes offers the hypothesis that in the time before a traumatic series of events in the fifteenth-century BC, the human mind operated very differently from its workings today."

The Story of Psychology
Morton Hunt

"Professor Jaynes at Princeton, who exhaustively analyzed the language of the Iliad that refers to mental and emotional functions, summed up his findings as follows..."