Consciousness: The End Of Authority

— And the Precursor to Artificial Superintelligence

Consciousness: The End Of Authority

by Frank R. Wallace

A person could make an excellent bet by wagering a hundred ounces of gold that Julian Jaynes’ book, The Origin of Consciousness in the Breakdown of the Bicameral Mind, will someday rank among the ten most important books ever written. …Jaynes’ book signals the end of a 10,000-year reign of authoritarian institutions. His book also marks the beginning of a new era of individual consciousness, during which people will increasingly act on the authority of their own brains. That movement toward self-responsibility will increasingly weaken the influences of external or mystical “authorities” such as government and religion.

The discovery of the bicameral mind solves the missing-link problem that has defied all previous theories of human evolution. But more important, that discovery is generating a new field of knowledge called Neothink with which all human life can evolve into abiding prosperity and happiness through powerfully competitive Neotech advantages.

Dr. Jaynes discovered that until 3000 years ago essentially all human beings were void of consciousness.[ 2 ] Man along with all other primates functioned by mimicked or learned reactions. But, because of his much larger, more complex brain, man was able to develop a coherent language beginning about 8000 B.C. He was then guided by audio hallucinations. Those hallucinations evolved in the right hemisphere of the brain and were “heard” as communications or instructions in the left hemisphere of the brain (the bicameral or two-chamber mind). …In effect, human beings were super-intelligent but automatically reacting animals who could communicate by talking. That communication enabled human beings to cooperate closely to build societies, even thriving civilizations.

Still, like all other animals, man functioned almost entirely by an automatic guidance system that was void of consciousness — until about 1000 B.C. when he was forced to invent consciousness to survive in the collapsing bicameral civilizations. … Today, man’s survival still depends on his choice of beneficially following his own consciousness or destructively following the voices of external “authorities.”