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Julian Jaynes’ The Origin of Consciousness in the Breakdown of the Bicameral Mind is a very interesting book with a somewhat radical theory of the origin of consciousness in the human brain. This book came out in 76 and has since become somewhat of a “classic”  in pop-science. Jaynes’ theory is that humans developed consciousness at recently as 3000 years ago. He uses archeology, philology, and modern psychology to back up his arguments. Because I’m not a cognitive scientist, archeologist, or philologist, I do not personally stand in support of the claims made or the contrary. I would just personally challenge anyone with an open mind about theories of the human mind to read this and say afterward that it was not one of the best pop-science books you’ve ever read. Because of the classic texts used to support Jaynes’ claims, the book should be of particular interest to anyone with a background in Homer, the Old Testament, or the history of early tribal religions.

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Written by jeffmahaney

October 20, 2008 at 12:38 am

Posted in Nonfiction

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  1. I have read the book. It is interesting, but I also lack the background to critique it.

    Adam Elkus

    October 21, 2008 at 3:06 am


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