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The Alphabet versus The Goddess by Leonard Shlain

The Alphabet versus The Goddess by Leonard Shlain

The Alphabet Versus the Goddess

The Alphabet versus The Goddess by Leonard Shlain

Title:

The Alphabet Versus the Goddess

Subtitle:

The Conflict Between Word and Image

Author:

Leonard Shlain

ISBN 10:

0670878839

ISBN 13:

978-0670878833

Language:

English

Publisher:

Viking Adult

Genre/Subject:

history, science, and religion

Place of publication:

UK

Year Published:

September 1, 1998

Edition:

First Edition

Binding:

Hardcover

Number of Pages:

480 pages

Dimensions (mm):

240 x 160 x 40 mm (9.5 x 1.4 x 6.4 inches)

Shipping Weight (g):

850 gram (1.8 pounds)

Price (SEK):

300

Description:

In this groundbreaking book, Leonard Shlain, author of the bestselling Art & Physics, proposes that the process of learning alphabetic literacy rewired the human brain, with profound consequences for culture. Making remarkable connections across a wide range of subjects including brain function, anthropology, history, and religion, Shlain argues that literacy reinforced the brain's linear, abstract, predominantly masculine left hemisphere at the expense of the holistic, iconic feminine right one. This shift upset the balance between men and women initiating the disappearance of goddesses, the abhorrence of images, and, in literacy's early stages, the decline of women's political status. Patriarchy and misogyny followed. Shlain contrasts the feminine right-brained oral teachings of Socrates, Buddha, and Jesus with the masculine creeds that evolved when their spoken words were committed to writing. The first book written in an alphabet was the Old Testament and its most important passage was the Ten Commandments. The first two reject of any goddess influence and ban any form of representative art. The love of Mary, Chivalry, and courtly love arose during the illiterate Dark Ages and plummeted after the invention of the printing press in the Renaissance. The Protestant attack on holy images and Mary followed, as did ferocious religious wars and neurotic witch-hunts. The benefits of literacy are obvious; this gripping narrative explores its dark side, tallying previously unrecognized costs. Shlain goes on to describe the colossal shift he calls the Iconic Revolution, that began in the 19th century. The invention of photography and the discovery of electromagnetism combined to bring us film, television, computers, and graphic advertising; all of which are based on images. Shlain foresees that increasing reliance on right brain pattern recognition instead of left brain linear sequence will move culture toward equilibrium between the two hemispheres, between masculine and feminine, between word and image. A provocative, disturbing, yet inspiring read, this book is filled with startling historical anecdotes and compelling ideas. It is a paradigm shattering work that will transform your view of history and mind.

Contents:

Preface

Acknowledgments

1. IMAGE/WORD

2. HUNTERS/GATHERERS

3. RIGHT BRAIN/LEFT BRAIN

4. MALES: DEATH/FEMALES: LIFE

5. NONVERBAL/VERBAL

VII

XI

1

8

17

28

40

6. CUNEIFORM/MARDUK

7. HIEROGLYPHS/ISIS

8. ALEPH/BET

9. HEBREWS/ISRAELITES

10. ABRAHAM/MOSES

45

53

64

72

87

11. THERA/MATZAH

12. ADAM/EVE

13. CADMUS/ALPHA

14. SAPPHO/GANYMEDE

15. DIONYSUS/APOLLO

103

112

120

132

136

16. ATHENS/SPARTA

17. LINGAM/YONI

18. BIRTH/DEATH

19. YIN/YANG

20. TAOISM/CONFUCIANISM

149

159

168

179

187

21. B.C./A.D

22. JESUS/CHRIST

23. DEATH/REBIRTH

24. PATRIARCHS/HERETICS

25. REASON/MADNESS

203

213

222

237

252

26. ILLITERACY/CELIBACY, 500–1000

27. MUSLIN VEILS/MUSLIM WORDS

28. MYSTIC/SCHOLASTIC, 1000–1300

29. HUMANIST/EGOIST, 1300–1500

30. PROTESTANT/CATHOLIC

261

278

292

309

323

31. FAITH/HATE

32. SORCERY/SCIENCE

33. POSITIVE/NEGATIVE, 1648–1899

34. ID/SUPEREGO, 1900–1945

35. PAGE/SCREEN, 1945–2000

341

362

378

393

407

Epilogue

Notes

430

433

Bibliography

445

Index

454

About the Author:

Leonard Shlain was a best-selling author, inventor and surgeon. Admired among artists, scientists, philosophers, anthropologists and educators, Shlain authored three best-selling books: Art & Physics, Alphabet vs. The Goddess and Sex, Time, and Power. He delivered stunning visual presentations based upon his books in venues around the world including Harvard, The New York Museum of Modern Art, CERN, Los Alamos, The Florence Academy of Art and the European Council of Ministers. His fans include Al Gore, Norman Lear and singer Bjork. Shlain died in May 2009 at the age of 71 from brain cancer shortly after the completion of this book.

His legacy continues with his children who helped bring this book to publication: Kimberly Brooks, artist and founding editor of the Arts and Science Section of the Huffington Post, Jordan Shlain, doctor and founder of Healthloop.com and Tiffany Shlain, filmmaker, founder of The Webby Awards and director of the Sundance documentaryConnected, which included the ideas in Leonardo’s Brain, as well as Leonard Shlain’s last year.

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http://www.alphabetvsgoddess.com/

 

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