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Supporting Evidence: New Research
Supporting Jaynes' Bicameral Mind Theory

Ancient Texts: Studies of the Iliad, the Odyssey, and the Bible

Supporting Evidence > Ancient Texts: Studies of the Iliad, the Odyssey, and the Bible


Julian Jaynes found important evidence for dating the development of consciousness by contrasting the lack of introspection and mental subjectivity in the Iliad versus the clear descriptions of these that are found in the Odyssey. Below is a small sample of research relevant to this aspect of Jaynes's theory.


The Greek Origins of Belief
Johnson, David Martel. American Philosophical Inquiry, Oct. 1987, 24 (4).

The Muses and Creative Inspiration: Homer to Milton
McHugh, Kathleen Potthoff. UNF Theses and Dissertations, 1993, Paper 85.

Plato's Vowels: How the Alphabet Influenced the Evolution of Consciousness
Poletti, Frank. World Futures: The Journal of General Evolution, 2002, Volume 58, Issue 1.

Whose Anticipations?
Riegler, Alexander, Learning Notes in Computer Science, 2004, 2684/2004, 3-12.

Metaphors Concerning Speech in Homer
Wiseman, Rob. In Robert T. Craig and Heidi L. Muller (eds.) Theorizing Communication: Readings Across Traditions, 2007, pgs. 7–18.