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Consciousness Began When the Gods Stopped Speaking - Issue 24: Error - Nautilus
Julian Jaynes was living out of a couple of suitcases in a Princeton dorm in the early 1970s. He must have been an odd sight there among the undergraduates, some of whom knew him as a lecturer who taught psychology, holding forth in a deep baritone voice.
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2 days ago by therourke
Consciousness Began When the Gods Stopped Speaking: Julian Jaynes’ Famous 1970s Theory
Based on the fact that there is virtually no description of mental states in the Ancient Greek classic The Iliad, where the protagonists are largely spoken to by Gods, Jaynes speculates that consciousness as we know it didn’t exist at this point in time and people experienced their thoughts as instructions from external voices which they interpreted as gods
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