Sunday, March 26, 2017

Westworld and the Bicameral Mind

Earlier in my sabbatical, I was posting a lot here. I think I didn't know what to do with myself when I wasn't working on sermons. But then I got into the swing of not writing so much, and I've been remiss in posting! Sorry about that.

I was just in Washington, D.C. where I saw the National Museum of African American History and Culture and the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. I definitely need to post on that; they were both incredible places and experiences.

In February, I spent three weeks in India -- I am still processing that! And I will post on some of that here later, too.

But today I want to write a short post on something else: Westworld. On my looooooooong flight to India, I watched the first season of Westworld, an HBO original series. Wow, it's incredible! I encourage anyone who has access to watch this series. It's amazingly well done -- far superior to the old movie by the same name, by the way.

There are many profound concepts being explored in Westworld, particularly ideas about consciousness. One of the central ideas explored in the first season is the bicameral mind theory (an idea of Julian Jaynes). I preached about bicameralism a couple of years back. You can listen to the sermon, titled "You Must Be out of Your Mind! Bicameralism and Religion". Westworld explores this concept in such an entertaining way... I can't recommend it more highly.

That's all for now... but I'll be back to catch up!