The Bicameral Mind of Facebook

30 Dec
The Bicameral Mind of Facebook

The Bicameral Mind of Facebook and Social Media

I left Facebook yesterday. As soon as I clicked to confirm to deactivate my account, an idea came to me. Facebook and social sites in general are like an externalized mind. An unconscious, bicamerally actualized set of sensory stimuli . . . like a not-yet-conscious, ancient Egyptian might be in their hearing voices both internal and external in lieu of differentiating the audibles of these “voices” as thoughts or ideas that one has when internal, as communications when external. And, POOF, I saw the whole of Facebook as one, giant schizophrenic composite of the multiplicity of its mostly non-schizophrenic people making their messages in voice and image . . . with inspirational quotes and squee and cat pictures as the predominant societal glue-nucleus . . . or glucleus to neologically coin a word.

Like the body itself,

like the whole of Facebook, like the ringed temp-fence at Burning Man there is a concretized reference to the alchemical vessel being container and contained at one and the same time. It seems, then, that when consciousness originates within these contexts . . . social media doesn’t do a damn thing for marketing. Social media just creates more social media, and an inbox groaning from the weight. The consciousness directing oneself within it almost has to be both highly aware of and immune to flocking behavior at the same time to . . . awwww, that’s another topic for another swirling bait ball of a day.

Julian Jaynes wrote

The Origins of Consciousness in the Breakdown of the Bicameral Mind. I now see Facebook as being able to be perceived as a modern case study with itself AS a bicameral mind on the whole of Facebook. Interesting, I now see a visual diagram of the bicameral mind represented in the Tarot in the Land of Mystereum missing center expressed in the 5 of Swords, and an expression of consciousness reified in the young one in the 5 of Wands who sees what no-one else does putting down the Wand to raise up and birth a colorful rainbow of consciousness missed by the 4 bicameral others there. And, the medulla oblongata flower sneaking in to integrate with the bicameral mind of the 5 of Pentacles . . . and the allusion with the magical starfish in the 5 of Cups. The Hierophant V is both in front of and within the Pyramid Mountain with the little alien ship hovering above.

I wonder

I wonder how I will further develop this area of thought over time.

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Posted by on December 30, 2012 in Card Cameos, Card Curiosities, The Mystery


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13 responses to “The Bicameral Mind of Facebook

  1. pureblessedtarot

    December 31, 2012 at 4:19 am

    High Five Hoggard! 😉 x

  2. Bonnie Cehovet

    December 31, 2012 at 7:25 am

    Reblogged this on Bonnie Cehovet.

  3. sarahtaylor777

    December 31, 2012 at 8:37 am

    I caught this on Bonnie’s post on fb. Thank you for this, Jordan. I will miss you on fb, but the picture you have painted is one that I am going to bear in mind. Thought-provoking. With thanks.

    • mystereum

      December 31, 2012 at 3:34 pm

      You’re welcome, Sarah. Best to You and Yours into a Magical New Year.

  4. JJ

    December 31, 2012 at 4:20 pm

    I was on Facebook for 10 days way back in 2006 before I deleted my account. I found it the most mindless and vacuous exercise in wasting time. For similar reasons, I never bothered with Twitter. I’m glad to see many people waking up: Internet marketing in general is not quite the magic potion it is painted to be.

    I didn’t know you were interested in the work of Jaynes. I knew a fellow who was quite devoted to him. This fellow introduced me to tarot 11 years ago. I always called him “Magus Mine” since he considered himself a prototypical Magician.

    I came to find Jaynes a bit too narrow in belief and overly fond of assumption. Similar to some tarot historians, you can only extrapolate so much, assume so much, before you are in the realm of projected theory. Perhaps we could say the same of most philosophers? But they sure are interesting to read.

    I found a playing card deck recently called the Existentialist Playing Cards:

    I like the art and I like the spark of thought such things engender. Wouldn’t it be neat to have a tarot deck devoted to philosophers and people like Jaynes?

    You have made a good start….;-)

  5. xaralouise

    December 31, 2012 at 4:28 pm

    Hey, JJ! I was wondering where you were! Went to thank you on FB for posting to my own blog as many times as you did in 2012, to find you were no longer there!
    I’ve now found your blog and followed it. I hope you’re well and that 2013 brings to you all that you want and deserve! 🙂

    With Hogmany blessings!!

  6. JJ

    January 1, 2013 at 3:27 pm

    Oh-oh, I think it’s another JJ who has been commenting, my name is Judith Johnston. JJ is a common enough initial I suppose. I have a few meanderings with the Wildwood you might like on my blog though. (Sorry to hijack comments Jordan, felt I should clear this up.)

    • mystereum

      January 3, 2013 at 6:42 pm

      Thx! Following your blog, and looking forward to further.

  7. dodo

    January 26, 2013 at 1:20 pm

    I’ve no idea what a bicameral mind is unless the term refers to the two sides of the brain, but I was on Facebook for a few weeks some 4 years ago and I left soon enough. I found the whole thing not only creepy but mindboggingly vapid -or as JJ says, vacuous. The general level of discourse was pathetic, when not downright questionable. So glad to find out I’m not alone. I’ve neve bothered with Twitter either as it sonded like something for tweets/twats. Flickr, on the other hand, unfashionable as it seems to be, or have become, I still find OK. It’s been rather good for my self-confidence as a graphic artist and it’s -admitedly over- populated with some wonderful stuff that soothes the eyeballs and the mind (bicameral or otherwise).


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