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Bruce Gage gage at u.washington.edu
Thu Jun 1 16:05:02 EST 1995

It is not, generally, taken seriously.

On Tue, 30 May 1995, Christian Holscher wrote:

> In article <D9BnHu.5t6 at murdoch.acc.Virginia.EDU>,
> asa3h at galen.med.Virginia.EDU (Adam S. Arthur) wrote:
> > I find it interesting that several people here (here being the
> > Neuroscience group) are recommending Jayne's "The Origins of
> > Consciousness in the Breakdown of the Bicameral Mind" I read
> > that and found it to be a lot of fun but completely
> > unbelievable, almost off-the-wall.  I know nothing about how it
> > is regarded in the community.  Is this book really taken
> > seriously?
> > --
> > Adam Arthur           
> Yes, I was thinking the same thing. The whole theory of organisms having
> evolved to nearly modern humans but with seperately finctioning
> hemispheres completely boggles the mind. What do the 'bicamerals' use
> their corpus callosum for? And what about studies with animals, showing
> that higher mammals (primates especially) use their whole brain and full
> potential rather than two independent hemispheres. 
>  Most emberassingly, i gave a seminar on split brain patients and a lot of
> people came to me to share their thoughts on that book. If people get
> their information from this kind o literature it is more destructive than
> good.
> Christian
> -- 
> Christian Holscher, PhD
> Trinity College Dublin
> Dept. Pharmacol. & Therapeutics

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