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We can only know in the nervous system what we have known in behavior first.
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Our sense of justice depends on our sense of time. Justice is a phenomenon only of consciousness, because time spread out in a spatial succession is its very essence. And this is possible only in a spatial metaphor of time.

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One does one's thinking before one knows what one is to think about.

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As the stag pants after the waterbrooks, So pants my mind after you, O gods! My mind thirsts for gods! for living gods! When shall I come face to face with gods? -Psalm 42

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Indeed, it is sometimes almost as if the problem had to be forgotten to be solved.

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I shall state my thesis plain. The first poets were gods. Poetry began with the bicameral mind.

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Include the knower in the known.

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We have said that consciousness is an operation rather than a thing, a repository, or a function. It operates by way of analogy, by way of constructing an analog space with an analog 'I' that can observe that space, and move metaphorically in it. It operates on any reactivity, excerpts relevant aspects, narratizes and conciliates them together in a metaphorical space where such meanings can be manipulated like things in space.

— Julian Jaynes

We can only know in the nervous system what we have known in behavior first.

— Julian Jaynes

History does not move by leaps into unrelated novelty, but rather by the selective emphasis of aspects of its own immediate past.

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Abstract words are ancient coins whose concrete images in the give and take of talk have worn away with use.

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Poetry begins as the divine speech of the bicameral mind. Then, as the bicameral mind breaks down, there remain prophets.

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The vestiges of the bicameral mind do not exist in any empty psychological space.

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The mind is still haunted with its old unconscious ways; it broods on lost authorities; and the yearning, the deep and hollowing yearning for divine volition and service is with us still.

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Reading in the third millennium B.C. may therefore have been a matter of hearing the cuneiform, that is, hallucinating the speech from looking at its picture symbols, rather than visual reading of syllables in our sense.

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We invent mind-space inside our own heads as well as the heads of others ... we assume these 'spaces' without question. They are a part of what it is to be conscious. Moreover, things that in the physical-behavioural world that do not have a spatial quality are made to have such in consciousness. Otherwise we cannot be conscious of them.

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For if consciousness is based on language, then it follows that it is of much more recent origin than has been heretofore supposed. Consciousness come after language! The implications of such a position are extremely serious.

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The legend of the parting of the Red Sea probably refers to tidal changes in the Sea of Reeds related to the Thera eruption.

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