The Alphabet Versus The Goddess: The Conflict Between Word And Image

September 1, 1999|
The Alphabet Versus The Goddess: The Conflict Between Word And Image by Leonard Shlain
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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.
Leonard Shlain is the author of Art & Physics: Parallel Visions in Space, Time & Light, and The Alphabet Versus the Goddess: The Conflict Between Word and Image. He is the chief of laparoscopic surgery at California Medical Center in San Francisco.
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Title:The Alphabet Versus The Goddess: The Conflict Between Word And Image
Format:Paperback
Product dimensions:496 pages, 8.38 X 5.45 X 1.03 in
Shipping dimensions:496 pages, 8.38 X 5.45 X 1.03 in
Published:September 1, 1999
Publisher:Penguin Publishing Group
Language:English
Appropriate for ages:All ages
ISBN - 13:9780140196016

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