Origin of Consciousness in the Breakdown of the Bicameral Mind

ISBN-10: 0618057072
ISBN-13: 9780618057078
Edition: 2000
Authors: Julian Jaynes
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Book details

List price: $18.95
Copyright year: 2000
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company
Publication date: 8/15/2000
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 512
Size: 9.00" wide x 6.00" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.628
Language: English

At the heart of this classic, seminal book is Julian Jaynes's still-controversial thesis that human consciousness did not begin far back in animal evolution but instead is a learned process that came about only three thousand years ago and is still developing. The implications of this revolutionary scientific paradigm extend into virtually every aspect of our psychology, our history and culture, our religion -- and indeed our future.

Julian Jaynes (1923-1997) achieved an almost cult-like reputation for this controversial book, which was his only published work.

Freface
Introduction: The Problem of Consciousness
The Mind of Man
The Consciousness of Consciousness
Consciousness
The Mind of Iliad
The Bicameral Mind
The Double Brain
The Origin of Civilization
The Witness of History
Gods, Graves, and Idols
Literate Bicameral Theocracies
The Causes of Consciousness
A Change of Mind in Mesopotamia
The Intellectual Consciousness of Greece
The Moral Consciousness of the Khabiru
Vestiges of the Bicameral Mind in the Modern World
The Quest for Authorization
Of Prophets and Possession
Of Poetry and Music
Hypnosis
Schizophrenia
The Auguries of Science
Afterword
Index

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