MARCEL KUIJSTEN is Founder and Executive Director of the Julian Jaynes Society, a scholarly society and publisher focused on exploring and promoting the work of Julian Jaynes, one of the most original thinkers of the twentieth century.
He has designed, edited, and published four books: Conversations on Consciousness and the Bicameral Mind: Interviews with Leading Thinkers on Julian Jaynes’s Theory; Gods, Voices, and the Bicameral Mind: The Theories of Julian Jaynes; The Julian Jaynes Collection; and Reflections on the Dawn of Consciousness: Julian Jaynes’s Bicameral Mind Theory Revisited.
He is also co-editor (with Brian J. McVeigh) of The Jaynesian, the newsletter of the Julian Jaynes Society.
Marcel Kuijsten co-chaired and co-moderated (with Rabbi James Cohn) The Julian Jaynes Society Conference on Consciousness and Bicameral Studies — the largest conference entirely dedicated to Julian Jaynes’s theory on consciousness and the bicameral mind ever held. He has also lectured and presented workshops at the Science of Consciousness conference in Tucson, Arizona and the Julian Jaynes Conference on Consciousness in Prince Edward Island, Canada, among others.
He earned Bachelors degrees in Psychology and English and a Masters in Business Administration. His interests include the origin and future of consciousness, Julian Jaynes’s bicameral mind theory, evolutionary psychology, non-conscious influences on behavior, the nature of opinion formation and belief systems, plant-based nutrition, and animal rights.