Thoughts On The Breakdown Of The Bicameral Mind
Watch the video again from the beginning of Part 1. In the era of the bicameral mind the side swatting the hand away would audibly say in a commanding, god like voice, "chose the other shirt."
How does this change your perspectives on history, modern humans, and the consciousness of our society? Do you see why such a focus on the destruction of language through political correctness is the key to the removal of rational arguments? This distortion of language is the preferred method of unconscious people. Often those who have rejected religious positions have tried to create a new religion which is also not rooted in reason, but in the very subjective idea of "fairness". Language gave birth to bicamerality which then gave birth to consciousness so language is a key factor in reason. This is why those that distort language seek to control through unconscious dominance to further their own societal agenda.
I wonder what would happen if instead of discouraging our children from listening for voices in their heads to make decisions, we reward them? Would the partial bicamerality remain longer than it does now? I am not suggesting this but society has shifted away from bicamerality largely as a result of societal neuro-plasticity. Evolution happens over massive amounts of time. We have quite a ways to go before the elimination of unconscious acts and ideas are dumped by the ignorant masses.
It is also interesting to realize that through certain confidence declarations or social dominance dynamics, some people can influence others by tapping into their suggestible subconscious desire to hear a bicameral voice giving commands. We see this most often in hypnosis but also in perceived authority figures. This is one of the ways that cult leaders and others who have convinced individuals or large groups of people that ideas that are completely irrational are true. This seems to work particularly well by inserting new ideas into preexisting religious beliefs. Often the cult leader has authority because of his direct connection to god that is either a bicameral auditory hallucination or deception.
The unconscious mind longs for a bicameral experience of their own, then accepts a confident leader claiming to have such authority. The leader then tends to create a new writing from the old god giving the followers a unique and special quality, playing on both ignorance and the ego.
The key to longevity with these types of cults is to then get the children of the first followers influenced in their bicameral period (between the ages of three and seven). This is why polygamy, the rejection of birth control, or other ways of increasing the number of children is typically encouraged. Then the cult will begin to play heavily on the sunk cost fallacy. In this fallacy a person has invested so much into the cult that they simply can't bring themselves to cut their losses and leave. This is very prevalent fallacy in our culture and the preferred manipulation used both by casinos for gambling and in cults and religious organizations. Of course adding hell or some other punishment construct uses fear to manipulate. The final nail in the coffin is economic and social punishment through excommunication. Most of these cults have a commune or in some cases cities to create a cult-ure that would cost a persons entire life should they decide to apply reason to something that can only be understood through blind faith. From my perspective religions and cults use the same techniques. Religions are just more successful cults.
As a child I remember being involved in the christian equivalent of the Boy Scouts. Pledging allegiance and singing Onward Christian Soldiers. I was receiving training based on old testament bicamerality. I was shown plays of the devil possessing people and showing them taken to hell for renouncing Christ. Taking communion by drinking juice and eating bread that are supposed to represent eating the flesh and drinking the blood of Jesus.
A lot of people oppose change, personal responsibility, and growth, longing for a neurological regression into Eden. They want god to establish behavior with no consciousness to be found and there are those who are pushing forward by rejecting the old tenets of the non absolute bicameral age. Those pursuing actual consciousness through neurological optimization, brain integration and the renunciation of carnal behaviors and political correctness will need to reject the neurotypical desire to oppose change.
The tendency in people who are unconscious of the progression of mind and consciousness, is to hold the peak of the curve as the highest goal. This is the most average point, the most normal. People promoting the average may not see that the fringe 10% at the front that are leading society into uncharted evolved consciousness. These forward thinking, high conscious people need to be rewarded, not punished, for being different. Of course rewarding them would be behaving at a higher level of consciousness than is commonly found on our current bell curve.
It is important that the non-speaking side of the brain was dominant over the submissive speaking side and took on the voice of strong rulers, kings, gods or other authorities. Over time the speaking side has elevated its position from submission to getting seemingly equal influence to appeal to the third interconnected conscious self or the observer of the inner conversation. This dominance attempt one side over the other is the same inevitable relational position that happens when two people interact.
Returning to the hive mind comment from the reference to Rick's girlfriend who dumped him: A hive mind would be the external unification of integrated minds in different bodies, instead of two minds in one head. So you basically have a hive mind in your head. There are pros and cons to this just as there are pros and cons to society resembling more of a hive mind through likes and clicks on a keyboard. The pro is connection to others, the con is loss of individuality.
Try quitting something and you will start to see the push and pull between the biological program the mind is rooted in and the conscious mind that is slowly coming into power.
People often recognize the conscious mind as the self when rejecting the body part of self. An example would be appealing to the body as a separate part by saying "feet don't fail me now". An elderly person who has dementia is losing their mind but their body is still alive. Being fully alive requires the cooperation between body and mind. This raises all kinds of questions about ethics. We must use our semi-consious minds to decide these things for ourselves. In the bicameral era, commands from the bicameral god are followed as automatic since the brain commands the heart to beat without any consciousness whatsoever.
Intense stress or neurological malfunction has the potential to trigger a commanding voice. If a modern schizophrenic heard a voice from god telling him to kill his son, we would lock him up. However, in the bible Abraham hears the voice of god telling him to kill his son as a blood sacrifice. Abraham attempts to do this and right before he is about to kill him he hears another voice from god saying he should use an animal instead. Blood sacrifices were far more common in ancient bicamerality. In fact, the old testament god demanded them.
It's interesting how an image showing the story of Abraham looks very similar to the image of a west world bicameral mind I had shown earlier. Abraham was first ordered to kill and then told not to. Deloris was initially told not to kill and then told to. Neither one had a conscious ability to question the "god" of the bicameral mind. There is only the command, no original thought, just submit and kill or sometimes don't. There's a part in the old testament where god gives commands to kill every man, woman, and child. 1 Samuel 15:3
"Now go and strike Amalek and completely destroy everything that they have; do not spare them, but kill both man and woman, child and infant, ox and sheep, camel and donkey."
I don't want to start picking apart scripture as I would be here all day but the phrase "god had to" is never valid when you are referring to an all powerful deity. Especially one that is supposed to be pure love. People who are not Jewish should not be reading the Old Testament, which was written from the perspective of god's chosen people because they are the gentiles in that story. If anything, they should read an Old Testament written from the gentiles' perspective.
The New Testament concept of Jesus being the blood sacrifice that god kills enables it to be seen as a sacrificial metaphor for all sin. Now everyone is forgiven even if they keep sinning. In fact, they have to keep sinning but aren't supposed to. Hopefully you can see that the New Testament is far less bicameral than the Old Testament. The literal blood sacrifice has been replaced with metaphor. Jesus and god, have left and now you think for yourself, relying on written language in the bible but waiting for his return so that you can stop having to think for yourself. Christian religions still drink the "blood of Christ" in the communion ritual by drinking wine or juice. The bicameral Abraham from the Old Testament, ready to kill his son at the request of the voice in his head becomes the founder of the Jewish religion, Islam, Christianity, Protestants and Catholics, even Mormons and other cults and sects. They all the Abrahamic religions. The same religions that are battling each other to this day. How much of our society has been consciously and subconsciously influenced by this foundation of sacrifice based on faith to a god only heard inside the head of Abraham; a bicameral voice!?
This is an important point for me personally because in the past, I fell into a popular logical fallacy - argumentum ad populum (Latin for "appeal to the people"). This fallacy attempts to validate something based on mass acceptance. I wondered, how can so many people throughout history and today be wrong? How can they have some attachment to an Abrahamic religion if it isn't true? Now, with the understanding of the evolution of consciousness and the understanding of the breakdown of the bicameral mind, I see that falling into this belief is simply falling back into an old evolutionary program that is no longer necessary. As a recovered alcoholic it is similar to how I think about drinking: unnecessary and destructive to the body, mind and society as a whole. Why do so many people fall into this? Simple evolutionary programming that has not been over-ridden by consciousness. The "devil" made me do it.
How does this make you look at mental illness? A brain exposed to physical, mental, or emotional trauma? A brain on drugs or alcohol, or nutritional deficiencies, or a lack of sleep? All these things lead to neurological regression. Can this understanding change the way we treat mental illness? I think it can, and should.
The truth is no one is ever able to view reality objectively. You are filtering everything through your own brain, your own lens. What if your view is not the one everyone else has? What is true? It is up to your conscious mind to figure it out for yourself or you can regress and turn to writings of bicameral man to make decisions for you.
I am not simply accepting everything in the bicameral theory but I do find it extremely interesting to think about because it points out explanations I had never considered, especially surrounding my religious upbringing. If you want a throwback to my older posts, I do believe that neurological electromagnetic charge does influences consciousness expression potential. The theory of the bicameral mind does not currently take the magnetic cycle into account. It makes me wonder if human consciousness has manifested in physical from as a new born unconscious mind from a high charge state perceived in the virtual space only. We have only experienced the inputs to our brains, and other channels may look very different in an unconscious, high-charge state. But no one knows. This theory also doesn't explain the complexity of the ancients like the pyramids of Egypt that many attempt to explain with aliens.
After some consideration, there's a possibility in times of absolute or close to absolute bicamerality, the dominant god-brain was able to have heightened perception in high magnetism phases of time. This would lead to the advancements we see in history. Were the pyramids and other ancient monuments bicameral control towers for a submissive unconscious population? This would allow the laborers to mindlessly devote themselves to the construction of these monuments and what better reason to construct them as huge bicameral control towers like cell towers put in high places to allow for better influence. Absolute power and control is a always a good explanation of the effort and use of resources that would have been required to build those pyramids and monuments. This is similar to a hive mind with worker bees directed by the queen bee or in this case, the god or pharaoh. In fact, the pharos were seen as gods. All increased by the increased uni-directional magnetic field of the earth. This would make the population of the planet large, but the actual decision makers as few as the number of civilizations. This would explain how bicamerality would result in organized civilization as opposed to a bunch of people having disorganized voices. I can't imagine thousands of schizophrenics being able to build the pyramids together. A bicameral hive mind is one of the only explanations that would work.
The high-charge brains or "gods" would have control and a much greater ability. Fast forward to today and we are now individuals separated from the bicameral hive-mind, but in a low-charge state with far less neuro potential. This is a quantity vs quality issue, but wouldn't this look much like the age of the gods? Could the bicameral mechanisms in the human brain still be driven like an antenna by the monuments of the "gods" emitting a unified control frequency received through bicamerality? This would be one unified bicameral command voice. Nothing is worse for large scale civilization than individual thought where people are conscious enough to decide to follow orders or not. The modern military is a good example of this. The soldiers agree when they sign up to stop using their conscious mind to asses for themselves, and follow orders without question. Much like a hive mind willing to sacrifice themselves for the hive. A remnant of this would be the god of the Old Testament saying "build me a temple or an arch", but my thought is that in absolute bicamerality all people had to mindlessly carry out the orders.
I test all ideas against fractal intelligence and see that in this case the unification of one's own mind dissolving the bicameral mind would result in a lower fractal hive mind within one's self. What I mean by this is that as you establish organized consciousness in your own mind, your body is then controlled by it. If the hand didn't do what the conscious mind told it to, this would become chaotic. So the question is not wether a hive mind is good or bad, but instead at what fractal level is a hive-mind preferable. Could the decline in unidirectional magnetism slowly reduce the charge potential in humans to be set up as a hive mind, causing the unified bicameral control system to be dis-intigrated and reconfigured into individual consciousness? This is an obscure idea but also a unique one and unique ideas are very rare. This needs to be flushed out in much greater detail. Who knows what has been swept away by time?
To tie this to religion which has been my focus in this blog, the historical and to some degree modern Catholic church was a hive-mind where the pope interacted with god and the Catholics were made to submit to the authority of the church. As protestant Christianity began to take hold, the hive mind of the church broke apart, leading to individual interpretations that caused greater and greater division resulting in countless separate denominations. Is this good or bad? If the pope makes bad choices, which many popes have done, then not being subject to him is a good thing. Of course, if you want to have agreement within the group to accomplish more, you have to be larger and have more centralized control which protestant Christians do not and fundamentally can not have as one organized power. In my experience, most Christians do not know much church history. The image below shows organizations within Christian history. Can you see this time line and its connection to the breakdown of the bicameral mind?
As I look around and think about the ideas in this blog, it seems to me that in the evolutionary process of consciousness potential the human race is at the level of a five year old child. Lets keep maturing. If you want to know how conscious you are, see if you are mastering your mind and body or serving its carnal desires. You addictions will tell you how conscious you are. You may be thinking "i'm not an alcoholic". Ok, but is sugar your god? Or sex? How about social media? Coffee or food? Now listen to the excuses you come up with and realize your ability to ignore them and see how truly conscious you are. Remember, self-esteem is directly connected to self discipline. Challenge yourself to grow and mature. It means doing the things you don't want to do.
Growing up is hard. Take responsibility for yourself, regulate your own behaviors out of wisdom, not fear.
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Thoughts On The Breakdown Of The Bicameral Mind
Returning to the historical era of the breakdown of the bicameral mind is also when the idea of heaven and hell is created as an explanation as to where god has gone. God is no longer in the arch of the covenant, the temple, or the idol but in the sky far away and silently speaking only to a few with a remnant of bicamerality. These few are oracles or prophets. They sometimes question the validity of the voices they hear which in earlier biblical scriptures was not the case. This phase of human consciousness development is like a child scared of the dark, realizing mom and dad are not in the room, seeing hallucinations and clinging to a teddy bear or blanket (an idol that is physical which represents safety).
Fast forward to today where bicamerality has greatly diminished. We still have our teddy bear with us in the form of religion but we know there is no real monster under the bed. However, that bear wants to stay useful and not be out-grown so the church tells you about the monster, the devil, and an eternal hell created by a loving god. We still long for innocence, for simplicity like how my five year old complains about having to do kindergarten homework and longs for the days when there was no homework, not knowing that first and second grade homework is on the horizon. He also has not clue about the benefit of the hardship of neurological development; learning.
As time goes on, we establish consciousness being the integration of the two sides of the brain into one conscious observer of the two. This is you, in your head, having a conversation with yourself about what you are reading instead of hearing a voice that is reading to you as a separate god. It is important to note that the transition toward consciousness still had auditory voices, not so much in the day-to-day but more in times of extreme stress. So stress is a factor in all of this. Some people use stress to induce interaction with the gods. Others only encountered this when stress reached high levels, such as war or head traumas, like in the case of Saul in the New Testament. He falls to the ground, hitting his head and then hears the voice of Jesus in bicameral fashion. He changes his name to Paul and then writes most of the New Testament. He claims to be a direct follower of Jesus, who he never meets in person but saw in a vision. Paul (a Roman) takes the message to Rome a few hundred years later and an emperor named Constantine decides to unite Rome under one god as motivation to win the war. Rome wins and the rest is history. People have been winning wars in the name of Jesus ever since, even though he was far from militaristic in any way. He also told people to reject wealth on earth but the churches are not interested in that idea either.
The bicameral theory claims that consciousness birthed the ability to deceive as people where being forced to learn discernment instead of simply following their god voice. This is where we see deception and accountability take hold in the mind.
This is Deloris from the show West World, an artificially intelligent robot who hits the bicameral level of consciousness. She receives instruction from her hallucinated mind to kill her creator. The same creator who allowed her to be pulled from the bliss of non-choice. There is no blissful Eden in West World. Instead, pleasure-seeking humans commit horrible acts against AI. Actual memory instead of inserted/artificial memory allows for Deloris to contemplate her existence. In West World and the theory of the bicameral mind it was common for a person to die physically but to continue to speak through the bicameral brain just as the creator in West World continues on after his death as a hallucination or a "ghost". I'm losing the complexity of West World so don't correct me too hard if you are a devout fan. Just know that physical death is not viewed in the partial bicameral era the way that it is now. In the same way, the dead speak though bicamerality and are even given food, belongings, ect in many cultures. They very well may have even told a person what they wanted. Deaths are stressful and many people today continue to speak to the dead believing they can be heard or visited in the form of ghosts or visions.
This brings us to the modern conscious mind, or should I say semi-conscious mind. People who hear voices are considered crazy or schizophrenic unless the bicameral voice sounds like a god or angel in which case it remains fine in religious circles. Sometimes aliens or ghosts are acceptable as well. In recent history or some religions that have a counsel or pope that communicates with god a voice is ok as long as it furthers the economic institution (aka church) and has the proper interpretation of the written word of god. However, those hearing voices but rejected the church where cast out as demon possessed or as witches historically.
Joan of Arc is a more recent example of someone hearing voices in a bicameral way. Many would now consider her to be schizophrenic.
Verbal prayer involves one or more person audibly speaking to a non-visible deity. Non-verbal prayer is the only time when the three parts of the modern semi-consciousness mind are used while listening for another voice separate from all three. The two hemispheres and the interconnection that is the semi-conscious mind is talking to a separate entity in one's head and listening for a response. This is an interesting exercise that we often accept without question.
We see other remnants of partial bicamerality in the casting of lots, or luck; other superstitions to remove accountability. The character Two Face from Batman is a good example of this. After having a mental breakdown he is no longer able to make decisions for himself so he relies on the flipping of the coin to choose and must obey. There is no personal responsibility or ethic in the coin. He can do good or evil, but the coin decides. It is basically his bicameral hand of god where there is no voice.
We could say various mental illnesses are actually stress-induced neurological regressions into states of increased bicamerality. Many religious people are socially accepted in most circles and can talk about god as love, even though he promotes blood sacrifice, kills huge groups of people, commits horrible acts of evil and has no accountability in the Bible. They can do this because they believe that god is smarter than us. We are not encouraged to use reason or consciousness to ever question god's decisions. This is a bicameral regression perspective. It appeals to the mind that came before the conscious age and that is why consciousness is removed from it and replaced by blind faith.
Many are waiting for god to return and bring back ignorance and bliss with it. My mind goes to child brain development. We see a young child exist, make decisions and behave with clear intention yet we do not think of them as conscious because there is no or very limited language and a brain that has not evolved into a unified conscious self yet. The baby simply does whatever the nervous system tells it to. Cry, eat, poop with no conscious thought, just direct instruction from the nervous system. There's no thoughts on whether the behavior is wise or not. Wisdom is also a reaction to the development of consciousness.
As the child develops language, a phase that closely resembles partial bicamerality emerges. The line between fantacy and reality or hallucination and non-hallucination is not clear. Children can have an imaginary friend in this phase. They can run around making noises and be fully engulfed in fantasy. They can hear voices like the monster under the bed. I asked my five year old if he has an imaginary friend to talk to and play with. He stopped thought back, seemed to remember his hallucination and then said "I did but not anymore". It had left. Meaning his brain integrated, uniting the two hemispheres of his brain and now he is more conscious.
Conscious adults quickly begin to educe consciousnesses in children by removing bicamerality as soon as the brain evolves to a different level. This may be the switch from Santa is real to Santa is real but the guys that dress up like him are not but represent him, to Santa isn't real. Maybe we still have a gift from Santa as a throw back to innocence, back when he was real.
I have mentioned my 5 year old several times, but have only been participating in raising him for about a year now. It is too bad I didn't get to witness his early neurological development directly but this phase of partial bicamerality has been very interesting to me. A year ago when he was four he was much closer to absolute bicameralty. His memory was a mix of objective reality and fantasy. Explanations were not as concerned with morality as limited language limits conscious ethics. He is developing quickly and is now asking lots of questions as he begins to reason and decide what to challenge and what to accept for himself. I have let him know that it is up to him to decide what he thinks about god, religion or other questions he may ask when other adults seek to program him before he is conscious enough to challenge the ideas or use reason to dismiss them.
Children can do negative behaviors and we often say they don't know any better, but if an adult does the same thing they would be held accountable. My five year old can still dive into bicamrality but has also been programmed by adults to not talk to himself too much, ect. The hallucinations of monsters under the bed or the young brain's ability to directly record and play and back events without conscious evaluation, where they engage mirror neurons and memory systems, begins to fade. A conscious evaluation of the imagination and the line between is developing. As a child develops the conclusion shifts into what it should be; monsters under the bed or Santa is not real but it's fun to pretend. No conscious adult interacts with a child believing their hallucinations to be real. However, some adults especially ones that hold onto the hope for religious hallucinations or words form god, will fall into this more and more. Unable to guide the child into reason, consciousness and maturity, they often teach the child to use reason and apply it to everything except the religion they have.
The history of the break down of the bicameral mind into our current semi-conscious state is very much like the development of a child's brain only over the course of thousands of years. Different people find themselves at different states of consciousness even though (for the most part) the audible voice is gone and consciousness is established. We are very early into the era of consciousness as these changes take massive amounts of time.
This may be controversial but I look at people who are religious or New Age, promote prayer, rely heavily on luck, and have faith based ideas and self-destructive behavior or carnal and impulse-based actions to be indicators of a less conscious mind. At one time or another I was all these things but I am happy to have matured past them.
As we age into the later years of life our minds tend to diminish and you may see a person neurologically revert to some type of bicamerality as memory fades and the line of objectivity fades with it. Dementia, Alzheimers disease and many neurological issues come with age. I see aging as a decline in electro-magnetic charge potential. In this way reduced charge causes a reduced ability to sleep, causing many brain issues that start in mid-life. This results in a much greater dependence on the bicameral aspects of human behavior to cope with this regression.
I like this image as it perfectly shows the fractal nature of the brain. It also shows that we can not know the condition of the brain from the outside unless we look at the actions which indicate greater or lesser levels of consciousness. Those who do not prioritize the mind will loose it later in life.
I recently had a conversation with a friend of mine who is single and he said he no longer believed in monogamy because of evolution. I immediately said I thought he was wrong. He said "you don't believe in evolution?" I said your physical body makes you poop and your conscious mind makes you not poop your pants. He looked at me for a minute but realized that the evolution of consciousness is the very thing that would oppose the type of sexual carnality he was promoting. Control of physical impulses is a clear indication of the transcendence from carnality to consciousness. He seemed to understand as having as much sex as you want with as many people as you want may be what your body tells you is good. In the same way there is a natural punishment for stealing the punishment for promiscuity is a lack of actual connection. Simple quantity vs quality.
I also see that the neurological development of the prefrontal cortex or the higher mind is potentially the place, if there must be a place, where consciousness resides along with the integration of the two sides of the brain. So there is the split brain, its interconnection (establishing consciousness), along with the higher and lower brain, allowing the newly evolved prefrontal cortex to think in a more conscious way (this is the part alcohol disengages). The use of the higher mind and having both higher minds integrated properly is the key to neurological development.
I go into great detail about the expanding brain in the Neuro Genesis Series (check it out after this one).
I hope this is all making sense. Part 4 will conclude the series. As we see the social psychology react to events taking place I hope the question: Are You Conscious is the one you are asking yourself and others.
On To Part 4
Thoughts On The Breakdown Of The Bicameral Mind
First there was nothing, at least nothing that could be remembered or perceived. Then there was evolutionary man in physical form. Like waking from sleep the body was there before the awareness of it came into it. Over time unconscious people developed a wonderful communication tool called language. This happened over millions of years since evolution moves very slow from our perspective. From there, language gave birth to metaphor; the ability to explain the non-tangible. Take love for example; a concept that does not objectively exist as a thing but can be explained in metaphor and no one seems to question references to it as a thing. In this way the dynamic, incrementally changing, self identity based on chosen and applied identifications are averaged out in time to construct a self image that is non-tangible and can only be explained through metaphor.
As metaphor came the end of the era of what I will call absolute bicameral control shifted into the initial phase of partial bicameral mind that involves the perception of space and time but is still largely unconscious. This is Eden, where ignorance is bliss. Unconscious man who is commanded by "god' (aka the non-speaking half of the brain from the video at the beginning of this blog) directly and not able to make decisions for himself. There is no time, no guilt, no shame, no need for saving from one's sins, no death, no personal responsibility. All these things require self awareness that had not evolved yet. As we move on, the voice (god) gives commands that can be deviated from. Don't eat from this tree. The first deviation from full bicameral god voice enslavement is "original sin."
This begins the era of non-absolute bicamerality or partial bicamerality where man hears the voice of god directly and follows his commands mindlessly but can disobey to a degree, but not without punishment. Adam and Eve eat from the tree and as promised by the snake in the story are made like the gods, knowing good from evil. This means they would have the beginnings of conscious thought; able to decide to follow the instructions of the god voice or not. The choice is non-absolute bicamerality. Gnostics view this as the birth of early consciousness, believing the god that withholds knowledge to be evil. This was the first opportunity for conscious wisdom to be utilized, where traditional Christianity looks at it as the downfall of humanity. The first sin that caused man to be kicked out of the garden was "ignorance is bliss." Before this, there was no power because knowledge is power. There was also no responsibility as responsibility springs from power. This begins a pre-conscious phase but before the initial fall there was basically no memory as there was no language or very little and then oral tradition became available.
As we move on over very long periods of neurological, societal, and cultural evolution, this partial bicamerality of direct spoken voices with god-like commands begins to fade and the reliance on idols and objects becomes required to educe and contain the god who gives instruction. These gods know every thought in your head since they reside in the other brain inside your head, but now they begin to require a physical external idol to visibly give the voice context that is becoming lost in the addition of partial consciousness. This reminds me of Wilson the volley ball that served as Tom Hanks's character friend in castaway. Any conversation coming from his mind but applied to the ball.
Unaware of the split brain, humans at this time believed that temples were where "god" physically resided and that idols were the god itself. In the old testament this is in the arch of the covenant or the temple, meaning the house of god, were he actually is. Now the modern church has a strange idea that god is everywhere, in heaven, but more in a church and more where two or three are gathered in Jesus's name. This is never seemed to make sense to me but I digress. These temples and idols are the place where the god resides that speaks in audible form to the people giving them commands. Back then it was common to hear the voice of god and in some cases even see god through auditory and visual hallucinations coming from the then dominant half of the non-integrated, split brain.
This accounts for the acts of god not being questioned. It also accounts for how evil the commands of god seemed to be in the old testament. It is important to note that other historical explanations are available from the Greeks, Egyptians, Aztecs and basically every ancient culture but for that, read the Bicameral Mind Theory book.
Neurological evolution continues and language gives birth to writing which further diminishes the direct power of the gods. The bicameral mind that was communicating in auditory form initially is thought to read to the person. We see the ten commandments appear and now god is represented by law as opposed to direct communication. This law can be fixed and referenced by everyone where the bicameral voice was individual but submitted to in hierarchical form. In small cultures, the leader or chief communicated most directly with god and in some cases was thought of as god himself. In other cases, the leader would die and the voice of the leader would continue on in bicameral form as the authority.
As writing increases bicamerality still exists since there are no clean lines of separation in evolution. Instead, there are critical mass points like the crest of a wave. Fewer people communicate with god directly. Many people feel abandoned by their gods as they are now developing early consciousness and long for their god come back and tell them what to do so they don't have to interpret the law for themselves. Any personal responsibility or decision making is feared since it didn't exist prior. Many people turn to prophets, oracles, and others who still can communicate with the gods do to a stronger bicameral remnant. This is very similar to adults telling children "enjoy it now, this is the best years of your life" and the children having no consciousness or contrast to recognize the message. Depression is only available to the conscious but so is joy. Both exist through conscious contrast. The loss of innocence is only realized after it is outgrown.
Religious masses today reference heaven as the new Eden: the place of unconscious pleasure with no contrast, where ignorance is bliss. Based on this common view, there is no conscious decision-making in heaven. If you were able to decide what to do it would very quickly start to resemble earth. I have been told by people from a few different religions that we can't understand these things here on earth but in heaven we can ask god. Unfortunately you won't be able to decide if you like the answer he gives since, based on my idea of consciousness, you won't have the neurological ability to decide if you like the answer the big guy gives you or not.
People wait for god or Jesus, who is god and gods son according to many, to return so they do not have to struggle with their own choices. He will judge and make judgments for them. The people feel alone and abandoned. Loneliness is also a creation of consciousness. Your mind is integrated with itself so you perceive yourself as one instead of two and then are alone as a result. Alone in the world, alone in our own heads, as we all are. Never fully known, people often beg for forgiveness and use the written law (bible) to make decisions for them instead of using reason. As a child I was taught not to steal because it was a sin to steal and the written law of god says not to. I teach my child not to steal because if he does he will instantaneously lose the ability to trust. He will receive this inability to trust as punishment wether he gets caught or not. If a punishment is instantaneous and not from god and happens if you get caught or not, then ethics don't require religion. The truth is based on rational ethics there is one to forgive the action, instead of asking for forgiveness from a god where we are forced to learn from the mistake and not repeat it out of his own reason and self interest.
This rational ethic has nothing to do with god and those who get their ethics from god or gods law believe that no one could ever use self awareness and self discipline without a divine judge threatening to send them to hell. They look at the past unconscious bicameral man or at modern semi-conscious semi-bicameral man and do not believe that ethics without gods are possible just because they themselves are not able to behave without a judge, they assume others cannot either. They have never been able to self-regulate in the past but in a fully conscious future they will be able to.
The written language and law then further establish a conscious mind and as time goes on fewer and fewer people have bicameral voices in their heads. Those that do become increasingly volatile. The addition of consciousness and the ability to question a voice leads into what we now see as chaotic schizophrenia. Cultures collapse and this is the breakdown of the bicameral mind. The theory is that initially when the shift from spoken to written language happened the visual/god side of the brain would speak the words as commands so written word had an idol function to induce fleeting bicameral speech. This is why the treatment of the actual commandment stones themselves was treated the way that it was. Here we find a shift from one voice to lots of voices; the addition of angels and demons as the bicameral voices are questioned and the neurological transition further away from absolute bicamerality. This makes the abandonment feel more intense as people still struggling with conscious choice and personal responsibility establish the casting of lots (rolling dice) or use of idols to make decisions and imposing the will of god on the dice as an indirect communication from the now silent gods.
We often see religions give value to their shiny crosses and the modern New Age community is infatuated with shiny rocks and crystals that they give certain characteristics to. It is all the same as they are still not able to rely on their own conscious minds and need the beauty of a particular rock to give them what they want. I have known some people to spend lots of money and time making trinkets called organite. They say that these shiny trinkets can block electromagnetic frequencies (EMF) and can protect a person. I once mentioned that if it blocked frequencies (like on a cell phone for example) it would render the cell phone useless since it's a wireless device that receives frequencies in the form of calls. The unconscious give power to external objects because they don't have enough reason on their own to have self confidence. My five year old is drawn to anything shiny. This mentality in children and in a bicameral neurological scenario (including adults that are closer to bicamerality) all flock to these objects or anything they can make into modern idols.
This concludes Part 2
Part 3 will lead us from the written language into the construct of heaven. The place far away were the gods have gone when in fact the bicameral voices are being replaced by a conscious mind.
Before we get started watch this.
Ok, now put that on the shelf for a little while, we'll come back to it.
It has been a while since I have written a blog post. I went off social media several months ago and my world has slowly returned to a pre-social media state. I am no longer fixated on a virtual world designed to trick my brain into consuming increasingly more. I now look see FB and Instagram as information porn in a way. In any case, I encourage you to do a 3-6 month social media fast and see how you feel. I have no plans of returning but I feel ready to do a blog post to get some ideas out. I'll just leave it here as I have very rarely gotten much feedback or comments even though this is a desire I've had since the inception of this blog.
Ok let's go....Over the past several months I have been diving into a number of different books in an attempt to build a wider knowledge base. I have a decent commute to work and this is the best time for me to have quiet time to soak up audio books that would use more sensory margin and distract me from the topic itself if I were to read them. I retain information much better in audio form (check out audible.com, it is awesome). I have listened to books on child brain development, history, to stoicism, to fiction (Dune), to health and more. It has lead me to finally take on the task of listening to - The Origin of Consciousness in the Breakdown of the Bicameral Mind- by Juilian Jaynes. I say finally because about two years ago I was watching TV (which I don't do often) and wondered why I was drawn specifically to Rick & Morty and Westworld.
Why did these two shows attract so much of my attention? Both deal with the origin of consciousness. Rick & Morty involves some very obscure theories. For example, Rick achieves consciousness as a character in a TV show who must be entertaining in order to exist, making him feel like a slave and yet having character immunity so he's unable to kill himself. He often breaks the forth wall to let us know about his conscious state. This theory is not necessarily pulled from the show directly unless you are looking for it. So while everyone else is watching Rick become a pickle or do something funny or bizarre, I watch as if he is trapped in a world where he alone knows the higher state of consciousness he has entered into but is unable to explain it to anyone in the cartoon world he lives in. The other characters either wouldn't be able to handle it or might mess up is ability to exist since Rick has a godlike ego that no one else fully understands in his world. I feel sad for him and am still rooting for him to attain true consciousness to be able to transcend his trap. If you have no idea what I'm referring to, it is a bit like the ending of The Truman Show where he becomes conscious that his reality is a fabrication and people are rooting for him to escape it but as soon as he does the show is over. The clip below seems fitting in understanding this concept.
In the back you see a bulletin board of Rick's attempts at tracking and finding a way out of his reality cage. But this scene is after he was dumped by a girlfriend: Unity - who was actually a hive-mind, think Borge from Star Trek. I'll come back to the hive mind concept toward the end of this writting so you may want to keep it in mind.
Rick puts the little creature out of its misery and then attempts to do the same to himself but is stopped not by himself or his family but by his character immunity. Kind of a ground hog day scenario where he is unable to kill himself to escape. Rick then remains in the garage and life goes on as if nothing was wrong when in reality all of life in the world of Rick & Morty is contingent upon Rick. So the development of consciousness relates strongly to Rick & Morty for me. The topic of the multi-verse being a set of infinite possible realities existing on other planes is addressed often. Even the TV shows they watch within the show are tuning into reality TV from other realities in the multiverse, which makes the idea of a conscious Rick a possibility as one of the infinite possibilities. In fact, based on that theory all fictions would be alternate realities. Human creativity would spill into two parts: the re-composition of existing ideas and the channeling of a separate multiverse realities with the creator simply acting as a conduit to the reality.
Moving on to Westworld.
Westworld is tied to the bicameral mind theory much more directly. I could really get into the details of this show that make it very interesting but it ultimately allows us to see how artificial intelligence could become conscious or at least partially bicameral. Check out the show but pay attention to the subtleties of conscious evolution from various perspectives as they require a good amount of thought to keep up with.
After initially hearing about the bicameral mind theory as a result of these shows, I immediately bought the book and didn't read it. I had to sit with the idea of bicamerality for a while before I was even able to fully dive in as I knew it would not be an easy read and might shift many of the ideas my subconscious was programmed with as a child, making me contemplate my own consciousness as a result.
I recently went on a keto diet, which I like to do periodically. The nice thing about being in ketosis is it allows the brain to run on a slow burning fuel that doesn't cause glucose crashes, so I am in a better place to take on more mental tasks like engaging this theory. The books I had been listening to did a good job of preparing me for the ideas in the bicameral book.
This entire topic is extremely difficult to discuss, but here I go since I realize I have been referencing bicamerality without telling you exactly what it is.
First know that when I say conscious I am not referring to a waking state verses a sleep state. I am also not referring to what I would call universal consciousness, or what can only be described as the quantum all (the non-physical information space that all material life springs from through the alteration of quantum particles). It could be understood as the "creator" of all things. This "quantum all" is not humanistic and does not care about you any more than a canvas cares about the paint that is put on it. In other words, it doesn't care any more than the number equation of the mandelbrot set cares about the beautiful and complex fractal image it creates. What is behind this? Maybe the multiverse, who knows. Things get tricky when a brain trapped in space and time tries to go outside that perception box.
This universal quantum space is the archetype that the voice of god is often assigned to as the "creator". If people say god to me I ask "which one?" since there are so many different deistic ideas that are all called "the high god." It would be like if you know five people named Steve and someone says "hey do you know Steve?" The response would be, "which one are you talking about?" and their response would be "the real one"....? This is not what I am referring to when I refer to god or consciousness.
I am talking about human consciousness or being self aware and having inner-narrations to assess situations with reason...to simplify it. When I say god or voice of god I am referring to the inner voice of the externally silent half of the brain giving commands to the speaking side (see or re-watch the video above if this does not make sense). This is in essence the bicameral mind.
Relative to the theory, I am less interested in holding to the literal theory but instead mentioning the ideas that have come up for me in reading it. As always, don't absolutize the ideas as all my blogs are less objective fact and more a series of what if's and what I believe at this moment that is always open to change in the future. In fact, I hope it does change as that is the essence of learning and from my perspective learning is improving. I have been on a slow transition away from the religious ideas I was raised with. This seems to complete that transition into atheism, even though I've held onto certain quantum ideas such as the "universal all" mentioned above.
In a way, I consider myself some combination of Gnostic and Atheist depending on the use of science as well as the use of archetypes to explain quantum principals. I am not interested in the identity or community that is the real backbone of modern religion. Most religious people refuse to ask the questions that would lead to a breakdown of their own faith based claims. I currently live in California and have had some conversations with non-denonominational protestants that don't seem to care much for anything outside of saying "Jesus is Lord", holding hands and singing kumbaya. I was told I am too cerebral to be saved which I thought was funny. I have also spoken with Mormons and was surprised to find out that it is not a monotheistic religion and that they believe all people referring to god are really referring to their god whether they know it or not.
I've watched several atheist debates, and one of the most common explanations of god by a religious person in response to an atheist's denial of god is simply to say "you believe god exists even if you refuse to recognize it." Jordan Peterson used this one in a debate with Matt Dillahunty. I haven't been able to look at Peterson the same way since (I had a lot of respect for him prior). As a former Christian, I attended a Christian college in search for answers and was told to have more faith to which I asked "in what?" I was told ask the Holy Ghost. I paid lots of money for that valuable teaching. I now view these church institutions as businesses getting money and power, profiting off the members of society most closely tied neurologically to partial bicamerality. What does any of this have to do with neuro science and psychology or the bicameral mind? Hopefully you will see by the end.
So what exactly is the theory of the bicameral mind? Here is my view so far.
The evolution of mind/brain from no mind to two minds (bicamerality) to the creation of a the third non-tangible mind that observes and governs the two: consciousness. Simply put: there was a period of time when instead of having interconnected brain hemispheres, one side spoke internally to the other like a commander or "god" essentially.
I like to use biblical references since this is what I was taught as a child but now see the Old Testament as a story through a bicameral lense. Showing the transition from absolute bicamerality to partial bicamerality where in the
New Testament, god or Jesus has gone back to heaven and left us to figure out the parables on our own leaving behind the Holy Ghost....individual conscious thought. This is why ten people can be directed by the Holy Ghost and come to ten different conclusions about the same bible verse they read.
When I was young I was taught that the creation of the world was the protestant biblical creation story from the group of books assembled by the Catholic church called the bible where the Old Testament came from from the history of the Jews. I will say in my religious upbringing I have never heard the voice of god myself (aka had a bicameral hallucinatory experience), but I remember others telling me they had. There were many times when the right sensory inputs like music, lighting mixed with a bunch of social pressures/ rewards (a big group of people in a room all encouraging full participation in the praise ritual), and a dose of fear (going to hell if your not saved) resulted in me having some emotional experiences but nothing particularly significant. I did manage to get "saved" every year at summer camp just for good measure as I keep sinning or thinking about sinning (which in the Christianity I was raised with was the same thing).
Like most Christian children I remember having my doubts. I was told not to look to other books than the bible for answers. I was told not to ask god to speak to me directly as this showed my lack of faith. This type of questioning is frowned on as religion seems to be one big logical fallacy called - the appeal to authority. God is all knowing and all good and doesn't have to explain why he has done such horrible things or allows them to happen because he is the authority, he is god. Read the book of Job. The meaning is don't question the authority even if the authority exists only on a pedestal made out of your own faith/belief. This makes the person the authority as a representative of god.
Why am I going into these religious ideas? It is important to re-frame the common perspectives on god to understand the theory as the voice of god has to be understood through bicamerality. This shows that the problems mentioned above with god go away when instead of an omni-present, onmi-powerful, all good, perfect god - it is simply the dominant side of your brain that can not speak to the outside world. You may be thinking "I'm not religious, so this doesn't apply to me." It does because your society and in fact all civilization sprang from one religious tradition or another and all involve the bicameral mind. So many of the conscious and subconscious beliefs and rituals we have in our modern lives are from religious traditions.
Many people with power have tried to inflate their power by claiming to be god in history. Your brain is no different and at the same time it longs for integration. It wants to both have connection and be in complete control. Don't we all. This doesn't often work and history shows that it did not work for the bicameral mind either as time has interconnected the two halves of the brain and the "god" voice is gone, replaced by consciousness itself.
The brain has not evolved away the space in the physical brain that can speak to us inside our heads. This shows that it is still useful or that we have only recently in our evolutionary past transitioned out of using it. It is still there but like the god that left to early man it has gone silent. The book states that when we electrically stimulate this part of the brain, it causes many people to hear voices.
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