At the heart of this classic, seminal book is Julian Jaynes's still-controversial thesis that human consciousness did not begin far back in animal evolution but instead is a learned process that came about only three thousand years ago and is still developing. The implications of this revolutionary scientific paradigm extend into virtually every aspect of our psychology, our history and culture, our religion -- and indeed our future.
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An amazing and thought-provoking book
I haven't studied this topic, so I don't know if Jaynes is respected and proven, or reviled and disproven, but this book was always interesting, and Jaynes supports his theory ably. I liked the book a lot and I still think about it years after reading it.