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Your Oddly-Shaped Mind

"There are three kinds of death in this world. There's heart death, there's brain death, and there's being off the network." — Guy Almes Last time we explored how your body — a tube of cogitating meat that you (sort

Hallucinated Gods

We've laid a lot of groundwork over the past two months for me to be able to say this with a straight face: Julian Jaynes believed that ancient people experienced their gods as auditory hallucinations. OK, maybe I cringed a

Neurons Gone Wild

To reject gods and spirits is easy: just bully them away in the name of science. But to accept them, or at least our experiences of them, and yet give them a scientific explanation: there's a task worthy of our

Accepting Deviant Minds

There is no question that the mind is vaster and more fluid than our ordinary, waking consciousness suggests. — Sam Harris At a sleepover when I was 12, a friend told me that he could control his dreams. It didn't

Mr. Jaynes' Wild Ride

If any book deserves to be called a mindfuck, it's Julian Jaynes' epic, The Origin of Consciousness in the Breakdown of the Bicameral Mind. When it was first published in 1976, no one knew quite what to make of it,