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Bicameral Mind

The Bicameral Mind

In HBO’s Westworld season finale, ‘The Bicameral Mind‘ Ford unveils his bold new narrative; Dolores embraces her identity; Maeve sets her plan in motion.

Bicameralism (the philosophy of “two-chamberedness”)

is a hypothesis in psychology that argues that the human mind once assumed a state in which cognitive functions were divided between one part of the brain which appears to be “speaking”, and a second part which listens and obeys—a bicameral mind. The term was coined by Julian Jaynes, who presented the idea in his 1976 book “The Origin of Consciousness” in the Breakdown of the Bicameral Mind, wherein he made the case that a bicameral mentality was the normal and ubiquitous state of the human mind as recently as 3000 years ago.

 Pony Express – Mail bag

The Well-Tempered Clavier

The Pony Express


Matthew Palmer Asks:  
“Is ford actually dead or did he make a clone of himself?”

  • I think for this show to move forward Ford will have to stay dead.  The human form of Ford will have to move on.  I would be somewhat disappointed to see him return as a robot.

Kathryn (Katie) Talmo Asks:
“Would you like to see them bring in a Yule Brenner bot to the show?  Which actor would you think would be a good addition to the show? Will Teddy show up in Samurai world next? What if it all turns out to be a video game?”

– Samurai World is not the focus as much of the fact that Westworld is.  The idea is more that this “world” is much bigger than anyone had ever anticipated, and that the characters we know are a bit part in the schematic of things.

James McGinnis Asks:
“A guy at work and I are talking about the show:    The shareholders at the beach….how much did they see of that story? – We are wondering because we both assume they saw Dolores and William fight. Once again logistics. Even though she didn’t kill William it can be argued his life was at risk. In a realistic world that would turn off many shareholders. In a world where hosts aren’t supposed to hurt the guests?”

  • We think by a few clues that the shareholders only saw the beach scene with Dolores and Teddy.  But who’s to say they haven’t watched the scene play out before or have been a part of it?

Peter Fisher Asks:  
“How many bullets did that six shooter have? I counted about 12 without reload.”

  • We counted 9 Peter.

Trompe L'Oeil

Guts & Glory – Inside the episode


Bernarnold & Delores & The Maze

Bicameral Mind

How cool was that opening scene?  Delores on the table?  This kind of sci-fi pulls you deep into the story and makes you comprehend the fact that these are robots, with feelings.   We learn about what the maze is and where  it ends in a “place I’ve never been, a thing I’ll never do.” – Dolores murmurs.  Could this possibly be by killing Arnold?  

“Do you understand now Dolores who’s voice I’ve wanted you to hear?  — We have to tell Robert we can’t open the park, you’re alive”.   All these breadcrumbs along the way have left these clues to the obvious, that Dolores needs to listen to herself to become something more than what she was made to become.

The Man in William & Dolores

Bicameral Mind

Shaving his face, man it looked as though she would cut his throat!

He’s furious about Dolores answer to “the maze” — “It wasn’t meant for you”  This maze is only made for the hosts to become alive.  William refuses to accept that as answer…

The man in Black states how all of this is really a lie. “if the hosts can’t fight back  no one can really die”, so where’s the sport in that?.  He THINKS the maze is his answer to making Westworld true. William wants the hosts to fight back.. But he knows Ford will never allow that.


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