Julian Jaynes- The Origins of Consciousness

pvr/jkr (julieb@lava.net)
14 Oct 1996 09:22:46 GMT

In the 1960's Jaynes wrote "The Origins of Consciousness in the Breakdown of
the Bi-Cameral Mind". It was a tantalizing theory, but maybe a little too
much for his collegues, and I think he got banished to some dark basement
I've never forgotten the basic premise, which was that the evolution of our
modern human consciousness was tied to the advent of written language.
(Seems pretty logical on the face of it). He was slammed academically at a
time when the establishment was trying to distance itself from people like
Timothy Leary.
Whatever became of Dr, Jaynes? Did he give up on this train?