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.
"In perhaps the most spectacular theory to come out of this recent knowledge, Julian Jaynes proposes that human consciousness as we know it today emerged only several thousand years ago and as a direct result of the emphasis on certain communication channels between the two chambers (or hemispheres) of the cerebral cortex. This sudden shift in the perception of reality, if it occurred, may well have been a product of culture."
"The American psychologist Julian Jaynes, in a controversial study on the origin of consciousness, argued that the bicameral mind ... is a late development in humankind's evolution, and that the process by which this function develops is still changing."
"Princeton University psychology Julian Jaynes, author of the controversial book The Origin of Consciousness in the Breakdown of the Bicameral Mind, says that language originated as a cultural necessity for people to live together in human communities."
"As we hear from Jaynes and Snell and Onians, what at first glance seems to be the psychological language of the Iliad does not translate accurately into terms from our common language like spirit or soul, mind, thought, consciousness, emotion, will, or their resonable equivalents in the Greek of classical times."
"Jaynes argued that consciousness is an operation of the human mind involving the construction of an analog space with an analog 'I' that observes the space, moves metaphorically within the space, and narrates that movement over time..."
"Do you find yourself agreeing with the psychologist Julian Jaynes when he says that 'we tend too much to think of language as being solid as a dictionary, with a granite-like permanence, rather than as the rampant restless sea of metaphor which it is?'"
"Jaynes, who was a psychologist at Princeton with an interest in the ancient world, put foward a thesis that consciousness, in the sense of introspective self-awareness, first arose in Homeric Greece."
"... [Jaynes] says that even as late as Homeric time, people wandered around rather automatically, and when they got into a very tight spot, suddenly there would be a voice in their head saying, 'You're in a tight spot. Here's what you should do.' They called this God, or a god, or the king (living or dead). This became the ego, the voice we now call 'me' ..."
"Julian Jaynes famously hypothesized that human consciousness rests upon the vestigial substrate of an ancient, terribly authoritarian type of cerebral organization that he called 'the bicameral mind.'"
"Jaynes suggested that substantial qualitative differences are evident between the sensations of agency and subjectivity in the human 'mentality' of the ancients — prior to 3,000 years ago — to that in the modern type of consciousness that we experience now."
"Jaynes was the author of The Origin of Consciousness in the Breakdown of the Bicameral Mind, an astonishingly original and widely acclaimed book as well as a huge bestseller that had helped revolutionize the theory of consciousness even as it remade popular conceptions of how the mind works."
"Just as Julian Jaynes's ancient cultures, where the internally heard speech of the gods was prompted by props like the corpse of a chieftain or a statue, so, too, our internalized media echoes are triggered by products, props, or situations in the environment."
"'Consciousness is a much smaller part of our mental life than we are conscious of, because we cannot be conscious of what we are not conscious of,' the American psychologist Julian Jaynes wrote in his landmark work from 1976..."
"Princeton University psychologist Julian Jaynes, in his groudbreaking book The Origin of Consciousness in the Breakdown of the Bicameral Mind, explains how ancient people from Mesopotamia to Peru could not 'think' as we do today and were not conscious."
"Jaynes discerns a primitive stage of consciousness in which the brain was strongly 'bicameral', with the right hemisphere producing uncontrollable 'voices' attributed to the gods which the left hemisphere processed into speech."
"...[John Sculley's] office walls are lined with such demanding books as Ilya Prigogine and Isabelle Stenger's Order Out of Chaos and Julian Jaynes's The Origin of Consciousness in the Breakdown of the Bicameral Mind.
"This capacity for language seems to be, in the evolutionary scale, a relatively recent, sudden, and explosive development. .... Julian Jaynes ... believes it appears to have ocurred in Neanderthal man as recently as the fourth glaciation, which lasted from about 75,000 to 35,000 years ago."
"... Julian Jaynes outlined an origin of psychotic symptoms secondary to cerebral laterialization as a sociological phenomenon occuring relatively late in hominin evolution, i.e. at the time of Greek civilization ... "
"Some theorists reject the notion that the self evolved. Julian Jaynes has argued that a sense of self only developed about 3,000 years ago. Before that, he claims, the left and right hemispheres of the brain were not integrated."
"Julian Jaynes claimed that consciousness is a recent invention. The people of early civilizations, including the Greeks of Homer and the Hebrews of the Old Testament, were unconscious. Dennett is sympathetic to the claim; he believes that consciousness 'is largely a product of cultural evolution that gets imparted to brains in early training'..."