Subject: Jaynes' book
 Pub- Houghton Mifflin Co, Boston, 1976
 ISBN 0-395-32932-9 (paperback)

 Central ideas 1st surfaced 9/69 in a speech to the Am Psychological
 Association, Washington DC.

 The paperback edition I found has a preface dated 1982.  A companion
 book - THE CONSEQUENCES OF CONSCIOUSNESS - was scheduled for late 1984

 The book I have is "three books."

 I   The Mind of Man
 II  The Witness of History
 III Vestiges of the Bicameral Mind in the Modern World

 The theory Dr. Jaynes advances, using his own words, is "preposterous."
 Yet - a theory need not be true to be useful!  (We all know that).

 Given the evolution paradigm, you may recall that I argued last year that
 the problem of explaining human consciousness was a major gap.  This
 book begins to suggest an answer to that objection.  In many respects,
 the theories advanced are - at least partially - perhaps wholly -
 testable.  In some respects - they are not - at least as far as I can
 understand them.  For the first time, I have read an author who does
 not regard "Cogito, ergo sum" as a necessary starting point.

 The book begins by arguing the following:

 C is not a property of matter.  What Whitehead calls "prehension."
 C is not a property of protoplasm.
 C is not learning.
 C is not a Metaphysical Imposition.
 C is not "we are a helpless spectator" of events. (Spencer)
 C is not from "emergent evolution." (Morgan, 1923).
 C is not Behaviorism. (Psychology center stage, 1920-1960).
 C is not a  "Reticular Activating System."
All those points constitute just the Introduction to the three books.

He then discusses what C really is. And then goes on. The neat thing is that some phenomena, such as hypnotism, become explainable under his theory. Also some kinds of mental illness. And - have you ever wondered if some colleague/friend/neighbor is really "all there?" By his theory - perhaps - really - there is "nobody home!"

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