The Origin of Consciousness in the Breakdown of the Bicameral Mind
Why this book?
To understand the bicameral mind, start with Princeton psychologist Julian Jaynes’s own explanation of his theory. Jaynes carefully walks readers through all of the historical, literary, archeological, psychological, and neuroscientific evidence for the bicameral mind — the mentality that humans operated under prior to developing subjective consciousness. Understanding precisely how Jaynes defines consciousness — and why his narrow definition is so important — is absolutely critical to understanding his theory. You will also learn how vestiges of the bicameral mind have shaped our modern world. Bolstered by recent findings in neuroscience as well as other new evidence, Jaynes’s theory remains as relevant and thought-provoking as when it was first proposed.