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"Jaynes's central idea is that our modern type of consciousness is a recent development; indeed, that it began no more than 3,000 years ago. In earlier times human mentality was characterized by auditory and sometimes visual hallucinations, in which people heard the voices of the gods speaking to them and telling them what to do. Only when this process became internalized and recognized as coming from within the percipients' own minds did truly modern consciousness begin"

http://www.accampbell.uklinux.net/essays/skeptic/jaynes.html

posted by Luxbring on October 21, 2005 at 5:23 AM | link to this | reply

Hallucinations are very common in the normal population -

Recent studies show that hallucinations are far more common in the normal population that previously believed, providing supporting evidence for the bicameral mind.

Have a look a this page for a list of those studies

http://www.julianjaynes.org/relatedarticles_hallucinations.php

posted by Luxbring on October 12, 2005 at 7:40 AM | link to this | reply

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