"The intuitive mind is a sacred gift and the rational mind is
a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors
the servant and has forgotten the gift." - Albert Einstein
The Bicameral Brain-Mind Paradigm
With the scientific findings at this time, there should be no
question as to the underlying bicamerality of the human brain-mind. The
evidence and support for this paradigm is extensive and undeniable.
There may be differing models of how it works, but these exist in an
overall miasma of enigmas as to how any model of the brain-mind works.
Each of these proposals have their strengths and weaknesses, but
disconfirming any one specific model does NOT disconfirm the basic paradigm itself.
Jaynes Astonishing Claim
Who was Julian Jaynes? He wrote a single book, The
Origin of Consciousness in the Breakdown of the Bicameral Mind, which
in my view and the view of many others, will be regarded as one of the major pieces of
academic work of the last century. He taught at Princeton, which seems
to have been attracting more than its share of genius-level talent at the time.
Jaynes made (and massively documented) the
astonishing claim that the entire manner in which the human mind works
is now totally different from the manner in which it worked 4000 years
ago. He documented this by analyzing ancient literature and other
ancient works from the behavior being described, and also demonstrated
the neuro-physiological basis of the former behavior modality in the
right-brain analog to the Wernicke (speech) area on the left side of the
Jaynes assumes an evolutionary model, probably for credibility,
political or career concerns. He also eschewed incorporating catastrophism into his work
ostensibly for the same reasons. He generally describes a period of time
from around 2000 BC or thereabouts until the time of the classical
Greeks. He assumes that mankind had evolved into a modality and paradigm
of thought and behavior which he terms "bicameral", and describes a
number of phenomena, including idolatry, hypnotism, schizophrenia,
prophecy etc. as bicameral in nature, i.e. as throwbacks to the old mind-of-man
regime. He states that what we would call schizophrenia would have been
called normal 4000 years ago.
He generally describes a
state in which human societies were governed by a system of what he
termed "auditory hallucinations", a sort of an organized and coherent
group-think, kind of condition.
Where Jaynes Went
Wrong - Ancient Idolatry
Part of the thinking--with a lot of support--is that the bicameral system became intensely dis-functional.
A village consisting of 200 people heeding inner voices could amount to
200 "Sons of Sam" running around, and it would not get better going from
villages to cities to nations. The Bible, the Illiad, and other
literature at times describe a world gone mad.
Idolatry is viewed with the horror which we read in
the old testament precisely because it turned the entire world into an
insane asylum for a thousand years. The idols seemingly actually "spoke" to the
people, as Jaynes describes and for reasons which Jaynes also does a
remarkable job of documenting, the people had little option but to obey.
However, the result of fighting wars and sacrificing children at the
seeming command of stone and
wooden idols is not a formula for success in building a sound society.
This then is the first big problem with Jaynes'
theory: you cannot EVOLVE into a dis-functional state. Evolution, to the
extent which it works at all, does not supposedly work in such a manner as
to favor disadvantage over benefits. It is posited to be a
stepwise process, and each step has to be caused by some gain in
functionality or advantage over the previous level.
The bicameral system in fact became progressively
more dis-functional until the very ability to use the human mind in the
manner in which Jaynes describes was ground straight out of the human
race by a rapid process of attrition and, like the ostrich's wings,
became vestigial, appearing only on rare occasion in a throwback like
Joan of Ark or the modern David Berkowicz.
Of note are the descriptions of bizarre behavior in the Biblical Old
Testament. For example, even the great and wise king David took off his
clothes in public and ran around naked dancing and prophesying. It finally got so bad that, as Jaynes
notes, the prophet Zechariah admonished parents to simply kill children
who persisted in trying to use their minds the old way:
Old Testament Zechariah
13:3 And it shall come to pass, that when any shall yet prophesy, then
his father and his mother that begat him shall say unto him, Thou shalt
not live; for thou speakest lies in the name of the LORD: and his father
and his mother that begat him shall thrust him through when he
The second problem with Jaynes' theory, is that he
did not look into the age just prior to the one he describes or into any
of what is generally perceived as mythology, to try to determine whether
or not the bicameral age itself might have represented a DEVOLUTION
from a previous age in which these same kinds of capabilities might have
been entirely functional and advantageous, amounting to the normal means
of human communication and thought.
End of telepathic
A third area where the force and impact of Jaynes' thinking was
considerably weakened is his ignoring of planetary catastrophe. We can
postulate that the major blow to the
healthier operation of the bicameral mind and attendant telepathy was
the great catastrophe that ended the Golden Age along with the
subsequent series of catastrophes.
Jaynes claims that a number of phenomena, including hypnotism, idolatry,
prophesy, and schizophrenia, are throwbacks to an ancient mind operational regime which
he terms "bicameralism". Given that, you might expect features of
any of these things to be found in people here and there today. Certain idols,
ceremonies, and worship services, in
fact, appear to be created with an eye towards hypnotic effect.
Another aspect of bicamerality is the ancient suppression of the
self-consciousness alluded to in
Recovery of Full Self-Consciousness
The implications of Jaynes' work and the above
linked page should astound us, and
challenge us to start thinking outside the box of the modern
mythology that has developed concerning the origin of Man and
what really happened in our past!
Source for dreams and visions
Another major aspect of this bicameral
brain-mind paradigm is that it proposes that
the non-self conscious mind is the source for dreams and
visions. Especially but not exclusively when the self conscious
mind is shut down in sleep, the non-self conscious mind comes
forth in creative activity that can be "experienced" and
remembered. Occasionally, this activity is so real as to make
the person think that they are dealing with objective reality.
See Visions and Dreams
But the major premise concerning the bicameral mind, proposed on
this site, is that it was originally designed so that humans could have TWO types of
consciousness, one dedicated to the individual--self
consciousness--and the other dedicated to a familial or corporate identity
and functionality--the collective consciousness. This would
allow Mankind to enjoy the benefits of two different systems, to
live in the best combination of both possible worlds.
The "first" brain-mind would be the foundation for self
consciousness, which would entail self-identity, self
independence, individuality, personality, character, personal
purpose, values and intentionality, volition, etc., including
personal privacy of thinking and feelings that protects personal sovereignty.
The "second" brain-mind would be dedicated to a kind of public
consciousness; it would be the foundation for the collective
consciousness. This would act somewhat like a network and the vessel for
all the information authorized or uploaded to it. It could act
like a corporate but non-corporeal entity that would have all of its
functionality dedicated to the service, support and well-being
of the individual human members of the family. It would act like
a huge, viable database containing ALL knowledge of every
individual in the collective, and possibly
ALL paranormal power or ability, and be available with instant
access for every individual. In this system, no individual would
ever make a decision in ignorance of any corporate information. It would be a constant
presence for safety and connectivity because it would act as the
foundation for perfect telepathic communication from one to one,
one to many, and many to one. ALL of this connectivity and
communicational ability would be under the control of the
individual, and the individual's sovereignty would never be
violated. No one under ANY circumstance would be isolated or in
danger. No one under ANY circumstance would be disempowered or disadvantaged.
Is this part of what the J person had in mind when he referred to the
"Kingship of the Heavens"?