At the heart of this revised edition is the idea that human consciousness did not begin far back in animal evolution, but is a learned process brought into being as recently as 3000 years ago out of an earlier hallucinatory mentality. The implications of this theory extend into all aspects of man's psychology, history, culture, religion and even future. Included in this edition is an introduction in which the author answers critics of his theory and presents his new ideas.
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"When Julian Jaynes . . . speculates that until late in the twentieth millennium b.c. men had no consciousness but were automatically obeying the voices of the gods, we are astounded but compelled to follow this remarkable thesis." -- John Updike The New YorkerAbout the Author:
Julian Jaynes (1923-1997) achieved an almost cult-like reputation for this controversial book, which was his only published work.
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Book Description Penguin Books Ltd, 1993. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # P110140174915