Timothy

Jack's Twisted Kingdom
2003-06-16 07:00:14 (UTC)

cool shtuph

found while looking for an example of schizophrenic writing

In his controversial 1976 book, "The Origin of Consciousness in the Breakdown of
the Bicameral Mind", Julian Jaynes, a Princeton psychologist, argued that the brain
activity of ancient people - those living roughly 3,500 years ago, prior to early
evidence of consciousness such as logic, reason, and ethics - would have
resembled that of modern schizophrenics. Jaynes maintained that, like
schizophrenics, the ancients heard voices, summoned up visions, and lacked the
sense of metaphor and individual identity that characterizes a more advanced
mind. He said that some of these ancestral synaptic leftovers are buried deep in
the modern brain, which would explain many of our present-day sensations of
god or spirituality.