Re: Julian Jaynes

PMGordon (
29 Sep 1996 22:11:23 -0400

Mr. Mercer,

I also read the book you write of and reacted to it much as you did. And
like you would be interested in seeing opinions of it by people more
knowledgeable than myself.

One of the things that troubled me about this work was his premise of
being able to deduce consciouness or the lack of it from a study of
cultural artifacts. His conclusions may well be valid but they are
difficult to prove or disprove. But he does pose an interesting question
and offers a well reasoned answer to it. I beleive his ideas are worthy of
discussion and hope your request initiates an interesting one.

Congatulations on your first post. It is far more interesting than some of
the ones I have seen.