Posts Tagged ‘consciousness’
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.