I am reading Julian Jaynes‘ “The Origin of Consciousness in the Breakdown of the Bicameral Mind” and am trying to understand how it relates to Varki’s Mind Over Reality (aka Denial of Reality) theory.
- Is Varki a prerequisite for Jaynes, or does Jaynes stand on its own?
- Does Jaynes answer questions not answered by Varki?
- Does Jaynes conflict with Varki?
- Do the two theories offer different explanations for:
- the singular emergence of a brain with an extended theory of mind;
- the singular emergence of a brain capable of advanced physics;
- the singular emergence and universality of religion in the cultures of behaviorally modern humans;
- the reason that belief in life after death is the only common denominator between thousands of human religions;
- the reason that otherwise intelligent humans deny all aspects of their overshoot and the severe damage they are doing to the ecology that sustains them.
If there are any readers that have pondered these questions I would love to hear your thoughts.
I intend to write a summary and offer answers to the above questions after I finish the book.
Jaynes is quite a dense and unintuitive book so it may require several readings before I have the confidence to tackle a summary.