The Origin of Consciousness in the Breakdown of the Bicameral Mind

The Origin of Consciousness in the Breakdown of the Bicameral Mind - Julian Jaynes His theory is really way out there. I prefer to think that Homer was just made up and not real as all religious books are. Will Durant's "Life of Greece, Story of Civilization, Vol II" irritated me to no end because the first 8 hours or so assumed Homer was based directly on real history. Now there is some truth in Homer, but I figure one can say there is some truth in the bible, but most of it is not historical. Hollywood movies are just as fake and I won't develop a theory based on reality from them. Don't waste my time with fiction and then develop a theory of schizophrenia (bicameral mind) accounting for the gods based on that fiction. Another thing, I find no less convincing an argument than looking at the entomology of a word such "hearing" in it's original Greek originally meant blah, blah, blah and therefore blah blah blah.

His theory starts with the premise that consciousness starts with language. Daniel Dennett says the same thing in his book on consciousness. That's one area with Dennett I disagree with. For much, much better book than this book and for one that states that consciousness precedes language, I would recommend "Touching a Nerve" by Patricia Churchland. I'm so glad we're out of the 80s and this kind of thought is being replaced with science based methods.