Zeeber Gold: Julian Jaynes — Voices of the Gods

Today, join us for anoth­er in our series of clas­sic inter­views from ZBS Foun­da­tion with the movers and shak­ers, thinkers, artists and musi­cians of the 1960s and 1970s: Zee­ber Gold.

The series airs at 11am and 7pm Pacif­ic Time (19:00 and 03:00 GMT).

Julian Jaynes (1920–1997) taught at Yale, Prince­ton and Cam­bridge, Eng­land. He was trained as a behav­iour­al psy­chol­o­gist but became inter­est­ed in the devel­op­ment of con­scious­ness… essen­tial­ly mind and its place in nature.

He felt that con­scious­ness was not a devel­op­ment of ani­mal evo­lu­tion, but came after lan­guage and was evolved in human cul­ture. He believed that before about 1300 B.C. man did not think of him­self in intro­spec­tive terms, but rather “heard voic­es” from the gods who told him what to do and how best to sur­vive; that around this date great chaos and cat­a­clysm raged, and the old struc­ture broke down — and after that man devel­oped a con­scious­ness, or inner space.

He calls the pre­con­scious mind “The Bicam­er­al Mind” and dis­cuss­es this fas­ci­nat­ing the­o­ry, audi­to­ry hal­lu­ci­na­tions, neu­ro­log­i­cal bases for assump­tions about the mind, and the refresh­ing idea that we are extreme­ly young in this busi­ness of con­scious­ness and even­tu­al­ly we will prob­a­bly be able to dance after all.

Record­ed 1971.  60 Mins.

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