Julian Jaynes Bicameral Breakdown Series, 2 of 8
As the complexity of society increases, the bicameral mind becomes stressed, requiring elaborate rituals to maintain the voice within.
[end of 3rd millennium B.C.] the tempo and complexity of social organization demand a far greater number of decisions in a far greater number of contexts, resulting in a proliferation of deities for any potential situation (p196).
As gods increased in complexity (in the
Inconsistency between people:
As people migrate, quickly due to major geological/climatological stressors, as refugees, they are thrust into ever-increasing new situations not dealt with before, either by themselves or their ancestors. The voices then say different things to different people. Hierarchical authority deconstructs and loses its validity.
– Social Disorganization and Bicameral Breakdown
The Origin of Consciousness in the Breakdown of the Bicameral Mind, Julian Jaynes, 1976.