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November 11, 2017


John the Drunkard

Its hard to imagine any way of testing Jaynes' hypothesis. And the Nautilus article suggests that plenty of philosophers and neuro-folk HAVE read Jaynes. The question is what to do about or with the ideas he suggests.

Jaynes gave the opening address to the first international congress of the Alexander Technique at Stony Brook in 1986. I went home and read the book. I would still recommend it for its discussion of the nature of consciousness, but it still stands as a fascinating dead-end.


Jaynes can't have read the Iliad with much attention. Most of the key decisions are taken by humans without direct divine input, and when gods give commands to men, they are usually seen as well as heard.

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