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Alphabet Versus Goddess : The Conflict Between Word and Image

Alphabet Versus Goddess : The Conflict Between Word and Image - 98 edition

Alphabet Versus Goddess : The Conflict Between Word and Image - 98 edition

ISBN13: 9780140196016

ISBN10: 0140196013

Alphabet Versus Goddess : The Conflict Between Word and Image by Leonard Shlain - ISBN 9780140196016
Cover type: Paperback
Edition: 98
Copyright: 1998
Publisher: Penguin Books, Inc.
Published: 1998
International: No
Alphabet Versus Goddess : The Conflict Between Word and Image by Leonard Shlain - ISBN 9780140196016

ISBN13: 9780140196016

ISBN10: 0140196013

Cover type: Paperback
Edition: 98

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Summary

This groundbreaking book proposes that the rise of alphabetic literacy reconfigured the human brain and brought about profound changes in history, religion, and gender relations. Making remarkable connections across brain function, myth, and anthropology, Dr. Shlain shows why pre-literate cultures were principally informed by holistic, right-brain modes that venerated the Goddess, images, and feminine values. Writing drove cultures toward linear left-brain thinking and this shift upset the balance between men and women, initiating the decline of the feminine and ushering in patriarchal rule. Examining the cultures of the Israelites, Greeks, Christians, and Muslims, Shlain reinterprets ancient myths and parables in light of his theory. Provocative and inspiring, this book is a paradigm-shattering work that will transform your view of history and the mind.

Author Bio

Shlain, Leonard : UC San Francisco Medical Center

Leonard Shlain is the author of the acclaimed Art and Physics: Parallel Visions in Space, Time, and Light, soon to be a twenty-three-part MSNBC TV series. He has written for many publications, including the Los Angeles Times, and lectures widely on the connection between art and science, and on the subject of this book. A true Renaissance man, he is also the chief of laproscopic surgery at the UC San Francisco Medical Center. He lives in Mill Valley, California.

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