- File Size: 2238 KB
- Print Length: 78 pages
- Publisher: Julian Jaynes Society (November 20, 2013)
- Publication Date: November 20, 2013
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00B5LWV82
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The Minds of the Bible: Speculations on the Cultural Evolution of Human Consciousness Kindle Edition
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The middle of the book covers the timeline of the Bible and a few examples of bicameralism in the Bible. The ending is about how there was no real God, but how we should form a new religion.
Before I read this book, I thought Rabbi Cohn believed in God and his view would be that ancient humans actually heard the real voice of God, which then left them during the breakdown. But Rabbi Cohn is on the same page as Jaynes they believe the voices of gods come from within.
All that said, the book was very easy to read and I found the speculation interesting and supportive of the bicameral mind. I would have liked more academic research, peer review, and Bayes theorem to access the probability of bicameralism in the Bible.
It is a shame that most Biblical revisionist history nowadays is about Egyptology, conspiracy, Caesar, errors, and mythicism as opposed to bicameralism, which is what The Minds of the Bible is about. I wish someone would follow up on Rabbi Cohn's observations.
Rabbi Cohn leads the reader through a fascinating journey, using the ideas of Julian Jaynes, to explain the nature (or lack thereof) of consciousness in the early books of the bible and shows how, as later books came to be written, consciousness began to emerge toward its contemporary form. He also suggests many original insights into the meaning of different components of the Hebrew Scriptures along the way.
Rabbi Cohn is a great writer, and I found the book easy and fun to read. I teach psychology at a community college, and I have often wanted to introduce my students to some of Jaynes' ideas, but most of Jaynes' writings, and other writings related to it, would be over their heads. This book would be completely accessible to them, and I plan to introduce them to it. Anyone who wanted a quick and easy primer to Jaynes' work would be well served by reading this book.
The book helps greatly in explaining in a profound way Jaynes thesis from a biblical perspective. For the past couple of years I have pondered the idea that the bible is not a revelation from God, but the history (evolution) of our ancestors thoughts and ideas as they came in to consciousness. Jaynes was a fascinating person, and this book will show you the paralles between Jaynes thesis and the bible. This is a must read.