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The Origin of Consciousness in the Breakdown of the Bicameral Mind


reviewed by Owen Barfield 1979

coverTitle: The Origin of Consciousness in the Breakdown of the Bicameral Mind
Author(s): Julian Jaynes
Publisher: John Wiley, New York
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Professor Julian Jaynes, a teacher of psychology at Princeton University, has given us a theory of the development of consciousness and (to employ one of the many neologisms, some of them useful, with which he sprinkles his book) of the psychohistory of mankind in terms of a varying relation between the two hemispheres of the brain. "The right hemisphere, perhaps like the gods, sees parts as having a meaning; it looks at wholes. While the left or dominant hemisphere, like the man side of the bicameral mind, looks at parts themselves." The psycho-history of mankind, he says, can be understood only as an age-long progress, or transition, from the dominance of the right hemisphere, through a "bicameral mind" period when the two hemispheres were both about equally effective, into the dominance of the left hemisphere, which largely prevails today and which may end either in the total atrophy of the... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 80 Number 3, 1979, p. 602-604
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 1126, Date Accessed: 10/24/2017 7:33:04 AM

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