Threesology Research Journal
I Hear Voices...F
~ From a Bicameral to a Tricameral Consciousness ~

(The Study of Threes)
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Regardless of your agreement for or argument against the Ten Commandments, and irrespective of context, the Ten Commandments are not typically considered as a documented reference that represents a transitional stage of mental development from a predominant Bicameral frame of mind to a stage of consciousness (acknowledged awareness) that is the beginning of our modern mentality. Whereas we could ask why the Ten Commandments does not include injunctions against poverty, taxes, rape, child abandonment, kidnapping, slavery, drug usage, waging war, etc..., it is of larger value to view them in the light of a simplistic perspective, and not to impose on them the values of our present state of "consciousness" (acknowledged awareness). In trying to do so, the Ten Commandments will always fall short of our expectations because "it" (collectively) does not address circumstances and issues of all eras, or else in attempting to maintain them in strict observance as the primary concerns, our lives would have to reflect the life-style of a Bicameral-minded person experiencing a developmental transition to a different type of perspective. In both instances, the results are repressive to an on-going development of humanity because they are inadequate.


In reviewing the Ten Commandments (regardless of which version), in terms of an appreciation of a Bicameral worldview, we should ask ourselves what made these commandments so important and not others? Do such commandments reflect not only a change in the physiological development of the human brain, but also that bicameral-minded people engaged in such behaviors on a regular and wide-spread basis as part of normal human interaction? Were pre-bicameral humans engaging in reptilian-like predatory behavior that produced circumstances of species-extinction due to extreme environmental conditions which influenced murder, cannabalism, rape, enslavement, etc.?




Moses and the ten commandments

The Ten Commandments (a.k.a. Decalogue) are accepted by (the three monotheistic religions) Judaism, Christianity and Islam as a summary of some of the more important rules of behavior that God expects of humanity. There are three versions of the Decalogue mentioned in the Hebrew Scriptures (Old Testament). All are different. They are at Exodus 20:2-17, Exodus 34:12-26, and Deuteronomy 5:6-21. The Qur'an, the Holy book of Islam, discusses God giving tablets to Moses containing laws, but do not list the commands.


Information Source:
--- The Ten Commandments ---
By B.A. Robinson
http://www.religioustolerance.org/chr_10co.htm


Image Source:
--- The Immorality of the Ten Commandments ---
By Christopher Hitchens
http://slate.msn.com/id/2087621/



Here are three variations of the Ten Commandments (you may very well encounter others):


Protestant Catholic Hebrew
1. Thou shalt have no other gods before me. 1. I am the Lord thy God. Thou shalt not have strange gods before me. 1. I am the Lord thy God, who brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery.
2. Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth: Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the Lord thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me; And showing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments. 2. Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain. 2. Thou shalt have no other gods before Me. Thou shalt not make unto thee a graven image, nor any manner of likeness, of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth; Thou shalt not bow down unto them, nor serve them; for I the Lord thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate Me; And showing mercy unto the thousandth generation of them that love Me and keep My commandments.
3. Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain: for the Lord will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain. 3. Remember thou keep the Sabbath Day. 3. Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain; for the Lord will not hold him guiltless that taketh His name in vain.
4. Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days shalt thou labor, and do all thy work: But the seventh day is the sabbath of the Lord thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates: For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the Lord blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it. 4. Honor thy Father and thy Mother. 4. Remember the sabbath day to keep it holy. Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work. But the seventh day is the sabbath in honour of the Lord thy God; on it thou shalt not do any work, neither thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates; For in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested on the seventh day; therefore the Lord blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it.
5. Honor thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee. 5. Thou shalt not kill. 5. Honour thy father and thy mother; in order that thy days may be prolonged upon the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee.
6. Thou shalt not kill. 6. Thou shalt not commit adultery. 6. Thou shalt not kill.
7. Thou shalt not commit adultery. 7. Thou shalt not steal. 7. Thou shalt not commit adultery.
8. Thou shalt not steal. 8. Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbor. 8. Thou shalt not steal.
9. Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbor. 9. Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's wife. 9. Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbor.
10. Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor's house, thou shalt not covet thy neighbor's wife, nor his manservant, nor his maidservant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor any thing that is thy neighbor's. 10. Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's goods. 10. Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's house; thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's wife, nor his manservant, nor his maidservant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor any thing that is thy neighbour's.
King James Bible, issued by the American Bible Society. Catholic Catechism by Peter Cardinal Gasparri, "published with Ecclesiastical approval" and bearing the imprimatur of Patrick Cardinal Hayes, Archbishop, New York. P. J. Kenedy & Sons, 1932. Bloch Publishing Company, New York, 1922.


--- Which Ten Commandments? ---
By Cliff Walker and Jyoti Shankar
http://www.positiveatheism.org/crt/whichcom.htm



An attempt to allow for human growth and unforeseen circumstances is seen in the usage of the American Declaration of Independence with its Bill of Rights that permits the inclusion of amendments. The only way that the Ten Commandments become changed is through re-interpretation via different translations. Nonetheless, both documents are examples of transitions in human mentality, though believers in such documents claim that each represents some unique expression of "higher conscious." It is of interest to note that the American Declaration states that it is Unanimous, (The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen United States of America) though no one but the signers of the Declaration actually voted on it. In fact, it was not until 1777 that all Delegates of the then self-styled Congress had signed it. The People were excluded from the decision making process, just as they are today. Is it any wonder why governments perpetuate a history of corruption under various "credible" guises?




A usage of the Ten Commandments, the Bill of Rights, The Declaration of Independence, rules in sports, board game rules, cooking recipes, plans for building furniture, etc., are modern day variations of the ancient Bicameral Oracle that would command its listeners (readers) to follow instructions. In a sense, people give the modern versions some symbolic semblance of a "life" so as to perpetuate the written form of authority, even though in some cases the "written oracle" is skipped over (as in the case of some would-be builders of furniture or toy), rewritten (as in the case of an improved product), or completely discarded (as in the case of an undesirable or costly/time-consuming meal preparation with a recipe that claims it takes no time at all). On pages 329 and 330, Julian Jaynes describes six different types of Oracle in relation to the difference of usage related to the change in human mentality from a Bicameral perspective to our more modern form labeled as subjectivity or consciousness by Julian Jaynes, but that I prefer to use the label acknowledged awareness.


Six Oracular Types of Julian Jaynes


Type of Oracle J.Jaynes' examples Modern vestigial form?
Locality Oracles began simply as specific locations where, because of some awesomeness of the surroundings, or some important incident or some hallucinogenic sound, waves, waters, or wind, suppliants, any suppliants, could still 'hear' a bicameral voice directly. Lebadea reamined at this term, probably because of its remarkable induction. Church, Laboratory, Stadium, Classroom, Stonehenge, Bridge, Clift, Tree, Cave, Orchard, Forest, Movie/TV studio, Castle, (Pentagon, Whitehouse, Congress...) etc...
Prophet Usually there then occurred a term where only certain persons, priests, or priestesses, could 'hear' the voice of the god at the locality. "Chosen one," Someone(s) who is/are elected, assigned, given (family, friend, relative, neighbor), etc...
Trained prophet When such persons priests, or priestesses, could 'hear' only after long training and elaborate inductions. Up to this term, the person was still 'himself' and relayed the god's voice to others. ...Journalists, Mechanics, Managers, Boss, Police Chief, FBI/CIA/NSA agents, Producers, Politicians, Drug manufacturers, Elite members of a club, Astronauts, Athletes, Soldiers, Teachers, etc...
Possessed The, from at least the fifth century B.C., came the term of possession, of the frenzied mouth and contorted body after even more training and more elaborate inductions. Gifted, Genius, Talented, Intelligent, Smart, "blessed," genetically/environmentally specialized, etc...
Interpreted Possessed As the cognitive imperative weakened, the words became garbled and had to be interpreted by auxiliary priests or priestesses who themselves had gone through induction procedures. Doctors, Scientists, Scholars, Engineers, CEO, etc.,
Erratic And then even this became difficult. The voices became fitful, the possessed prophet erratic, the interpretations impossible, and the oracle ended. Neurotic/Psychotic (artist, poet, writer, politician, investment counselor, scientist, instructor, musician, crime boss, Astrologist, Neo-Witch, New Age "consciousness" counselors, etc...)



With the following table, I want to step back in time a bit, so to speak, and give a generalized representation of an overall picture related to life forms and Bicamerality:


Pre-amphibian
(pre/early vertebrate)
Amphibian
(distinct vertebrae)
Post-amphibian/
Pre-reptilian
Reptilian Post-reptilian/
Pre-mammalian
Mammalian Post-mammalian?
Archea- Bacteria- Eucaryota
amoeba
etc...

(shelled creatures such as ammonites were psuedo-vertebrate and thus belong in the pre-amphibian column?)
fish, frogs, toads, etc... birds
dinosaurs
etc...
Primates
early hominids
later hominids
(Genus: Homo)
Genetic manipulation
to create a new species?
predatory behavior
(defined as survival skill of the fittest)
[those life forms which cheat, steal, lie, rape, kidnap, murder, mooch, enslave, beatup, badger, harrass, cajole, etc., without becoming a victim of nature's varied forms of capital punishment]
predatory
(defined as criminal)
Absence of predatory behavior?
(or re-definition of criminality?)
No other life form has ever exhibited a type of Bicameral "mentality," including early hominds? bicameral beginnings
[right hemisphere origin
of god(s) voice(s) before development of left hemisphere-dominant language formation]
loss of all forms of vestigial Bicamerality representation?


Does Bicamerality show up moreso in one particular circumstance?:


  • Race (Negroids- Mongoloids- Caucasians)... etc.
  • Culture (Hispanic, Jamaican, Bolivian)... etc.
  • Continent (Asia, Africa, North America)... etc.
  • Country (Italy, Poland, Russia)... etc.
  • Gender (male- female)...
  • Sexual orientation (homo-sexuality, lesbo-sexuality, bi-sexuality, animals, )... etc.
  • Age group (young, middle aged, elderly)... etc.
  • Religion (Christian, Muslim, Hinduism, Buddhism)... etc.
  • Hemisphere (Northern, Southern, Eastern, Western, Southeastern)... etc.
  • Economy (capitalism, socialism, communism, industrial)... etc.
  • Government organization (Judicial- Legislative- Executive)...
  • Government structure (Unicameral- Bicameral- Tricameral?)...
  • Government type (Monarchy, Dictatorship, Oligarchy, Plutocracy, Democracy)... etc.
  • Political division (1st world- 2nd world- 3rd world)...
  • Time period within a second, minute, hour day, week, month, year, decade, century, etc.
  • Socio-economic class (upper, upper-middle, middle, middle-lower, lower)... etc.
  • Music orientation (classical, rock and roll, rap, country & western)... etc.
  • Skill level (expert, master, novice, apprentice, journeyman)... etc.
  • Location (house, church, school, district, street, city, alley, town, avenue)... etc.
  • Profession (Doctor, Scientist, Teacher, Bus/cab/truck driver, laborer)... etc.
  • Drug usage (non-prescription, illegal, prescription, alcohol)... etc.
  • Diet (American, Chinese, Japanese, Scandinavian, Mexican, Navajo)... etc.
  • etc., etc., etc.


Some readers may be interested in the following related link:

--- The Modern Age of Bicamerality ---
http://www.symbols.net/articles/bm.htm



Your Questions, Comments or Additional Information are welcomed:
Herb O. Buckland
herbobuckland@hotmail.com