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The Origin of Consciousness in the Breakdown of the Bicameral Mind

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Julian Jaynes epic book postulated that consciousness has evolved and is continuing to evolve. The key question is: what is the next level of consciousness? What will the next human beings think? How will they think?

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The Origin of Consciousness in the Breakdown of the Bicameral Mind

  1. 1. “Consciousness is a much smaller part of our mental life than we are conscious of, because we cannot be conscious of what we are not conscious of.” Julian Jaynes: The Origin of Consciousness in the Breakdown of the Bicameral Mind.
  2. 2. Julian Jaynes wrote The Origin of Consciousness in the Breakdown of the Bicameral Mind in 1976.
  3. 3. He argues that human consciousness has evolved over the millennia. The key question is not where we’ve come from. But where are we going?
  4. 4. “The Trojan War was directed by hallucinations. And the soldiers who were so directed were not at all like us. They were noble automatons who knew not what they did.” Julian Jaynes: The Origin of Consciousness in the Breakdown of the Bicameral Mind.
  5. 5. “We sometimes think, and even like to think, that the two greatest exertions that have influenced mankind, religion and science, have always been historical enemies, intriguing us in opposite directions. But this effort at special identity is loudly false. It is not religion but the church and science that were hostile to each other. And it was rivalry not contravention. Both were religious. They were two giants fuming at each other over the same ground. Both proclaimed to be the only way to divine intervention. It was a competition that first came into absolute focus with the late Renaissance, particularly in the imprisonment of Galileo in 1633.” Julian Jaynes
  6. 6. Before there was just me now, there was a bunch of other stuff that I don't remember. People keep telling me I should remember, but maybe if you can't remember there is a reason. Thus begins Lara’s story. Who is she? What reality should she believe?
  7. 7. The Fifth Floor is a psychological thriller traveling into the intimate and infinite realm of time and parallel worlds. The true question is which of them is Lara’s reality? Who is she really? What happened to her? What is her destiny?
  8. 8. "Neuroimaging techniques of today have illuminated and confirmed the importance of Jaynes' hypothesis." Robert Olin, M.D., Ph.D., Professor Emeritus in Preventive Medicine, Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, Sweden
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