Zeeber Gold: Julian Jaynes — Voices of the Gods

in Radio Riel Main, Weekly Programme, Zeeber Gold

by Elrik Merlin on Wednesday, 23 January, 2013

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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