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In the place of an internal dialogue, bicameral people experienced auditory hallucinations directing their actions, similar to the command hallucinations experienced by many people who hear voices today.

These hallucinations were interpreted as the voices of chiefs, rulers, or the gods.

In January of 1977 Princeton University psychologist Julian Jaynes (19201997) put forth a bold new theory of the origin of consciousness and a previous mentality known as the bicameral mind in the controversial but critically acclaimed book The Origin of Consciousness in the Breakdown of the Bicameral Mind.

Jaynes was far ahead of his time, and his theory remains as relevant today as when it was first published.

Rather than reading other people's misunderstandings and misconceptions, we recommend that you study Jaynes's theory yourself and form your own opinion.

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