The Origin of Consciousness in the Breakdown of the Bicameral Mind

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Near Fine; Dust Jacket - Very Good; Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1976. First Edition and First Printing. Octavo, white dust jacket lettered in black on spine and front cover, author's portrait photograph uncaptioned on rear cover, 467 pp. A Near Fine book, showing a few specks of foxing on top and for page edges, in a Near Fine jacket with small scale roughening at spine ends and a few points of micro-wear. See scans. Princeton psychology professor Julian Jayne's controversial but respected treatise in which he lays out his contention that the human mind was not "conscious" until about 3,000 years ago, when circumstances forced it to arise. One landmark theory in a direction of scientific inquiry which is still in its infancy. An extraordinarily scarce first printing of the first edition. l-51n

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Julian Jaynes (1923-1997) achieved an almost cult-like reputation for this controversial book, which was his only published work.

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"When Julian Jaynes . . . speculates that until late in the twentieth millennium b.c. men had no consciousness but were automatically obeying the voices of the gods, we are astounded but compelled to follow this remarkable thesis." -- John Updike The New Yorker

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