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Author: Leonard Shlain
ISBN13: 978-0670878833
Title: The Alphabet Versus the Goddess: The Conflict Between Word and Image
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Language: English
Category: Words Language and Grammar
Publisher: Viking Adult; 1st edition (September 1, 1998)
Pages: 480

The Alphabet Versus the Goddess: The Conflict Between Word and Image by Leonard Shlain

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

Leonard Shlain has an idee fixe (or in more colloquial – and colourful – terms, a bee in his bonnet ). It is this: alphabet literacy is the cause of misogyny among humanity. He spends 400+ pages of the current book, The Alphabet vs. the Goddess, trying to convince us of this path-breaking, explosive idea. Does he succeed? Sadly, no. Dr. Shlain starts out well enough: Of all sacred cows allowed to roam unimpeded in our culture, few are as revered as literacy. Its benefits have been so incontestable that in the five millennia since the advent of the written word numerous poets and writers.

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. He ties this to the oppression of woman, the creation of the image-less god of Monotheism, the wantonness of the Greeks, and many similar trends from other primitive cultures after the introduction of writing into their cultures.

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Shlain’s thesis is shockin. he Alphabet Versus the Goddess is fascinating, vexing, provocative, and sometimes maddening. Clay Evans, Boulder Camera Leonard Shlain may himself be the quintessential fusion of word and image. As a history and science lesson, this book is a vivid, breathing page-turner.

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If you have any questions related to the pricing and/or discount offered in a particular listing, please contact the seller for that listing. Get it by Fri, 5 Apr - Tue, 9 Apr from GB, United Kingdom. Very Good condition. Author:Shlain, Leonard. The Alphabet Versus the Goddess: The Conflict Between Word And Image (Allen Lane History). Book Binding:Hardback.

The Alphabet Versus the Goddess: The Conflict Between Word and Image is a work of critical theory by American surgeon Leonard Shlain, published by Viking Press in 1998. Lateralization of brain function. List of works in critical theory.

com on February 3, 2005. Into this debate steps San Francisco physician Leonard Shlain, with his book "The Alphabet Versus The Goddess. Nonetheless, Ong and Logan are difficult, academic reads, and Shlain has produced an eminently readable and fascinating story of another possible origin of what many consider to be the.

Literacy has promoted the subjugation of women by men throughout all but the very recent history of the West," writes Leonard Shlain. Home All Categories History Books Ancient History Books The Alphabet Versus the Goddess: The Conflict Between Word and Image.

Forging provocative connections among many fields, the author of Art and Physics demonstrates how alphabetic literacy caused the development of the brain's left half over the right, which affected the role and power of women. Tour.
Reviews: 7
The author comes right out of the gate with his theory that because of the structure of writing, it has been used as something to dominate women.
Writing is linear, left-brain activity. That, evidently, is not a natural tendency of women. Before that howl leaves your mouth, my own experience is that very few people are proficient at using both sides of their brain, and in that group, very few can use both sides simultaneously.For those of you-- the majority of people-- who let one side of the brain dominate, let me say that you are trying to run a successful race by hopping on one leg.
I am a very left-handed male, which makes me very right-brained. I am also capable of analytical thinking to the extent that I am well-paid to do it.
More people can do this. To the extent that Schlain's book opens up a discussion on how to get all brains operating in stereo, great.

The analytical types, for both good and ill, have organized and tend to dominate the world. Women need to accept themselves and be accepted by men as capable of analytical perception, and their right-brain skills need to be welcomed as essential contributions to progress. Now, put this in a mirror, and see what men ought to do. As I read the work, Hegel's master/slave relationship discussion looms large and close.
I heard about this book when Charlie Rose interviewed the authors daughter...they both had great things to say about the author; and I wondered how I had missed his texts. So I immediately ordered this book. It did not disappoint. As a history buff, and one who has always had an interest in religion, anthropology and the social sciences; this provided a large paradigm shiff in thinking.
Brain science has been uncovering a lot of information on left-right brain functioning, brain pathologies, and man's ability to make reasonable decisions.
I had always been dismayed by the sheer insanity of violence wrought in the name of religion, the pyschosis that has plagued so much of our history as a species. Intrigued by minds that are fixated on the literal "word", while ignoring the frailities of those who at a later date set down the oral history of some of the greatest prophet-philosopher-gods. As a Catholic, I was only too aware of the way the mysogyny of the interpreters of the original gospel texts altered orifginal transcriptions and skewed and censored out portions of the oral history that clashed with their views of the world. Within Christianity there has probably been more research of all existing texts and documents to see that "The Word" has been distorted in ways that have not served either humanity as a whole or the message of Christ. It would be an error to assume that similar alterations did not occurr in all major religions whose written texts appears years after their prophets waked the face of the earth. Much like history which is often the story of the victor with no in depth understanding of the vanquished who is generally demonized by the author of any text, the history of man is altered the same way. It take a lot of reading to ferret out texts that tell the other side of any story in a way to obtain a clearer picture of what was occuring; and even with this effort any reader has to acknowledge that the predujices of the reader and the reader's culture often colors the final conclusion.
This is a very engagng book, and offers a compelling theory of what lead societies and cultures to descend into periods of total madness and depths of terror and mayhem that have always made us despair in our capacity to inflict unspeakable horrors and genocide of those identified as "others", "heretics" and "infidels": and our quickness to demonize those who fail to see the world the way we see it.
Thought provoking this text alters the way we think about our global history. It definitely should be a must read for anyone who wants to understand what hierarchies can wrought. It is through knowledge that we have the potential not to repeat the errors of our past.
The author's main premise resides within the assumption that the rise in linear, logic-based left-brain maps, throughout history leads to the introduction of writing and the oppression of woman. The secondary part of his premise is that this rise is at the expense of the non-linear, intuition-based right-brain maps, throughout history, of our species primary picture-forming process. He ties this to the oppression of woman, the creation of the image-less god of Monotheism, the wantonness of the Greeks, and many similar trends from other primitive cultures after the introduction of writing into their cultures. This work is well researched and well written, attempts to be fair-minded, but suffers ultimately, IMO, from hypothesis bias (many justifications for his conclusions are not well enough correlated, but appear to simply be coincidences). Otherwise biasing a potential source of real knowledge about the evolutionary struggle of the human mind to develop out of and look back at where it was imprisoned; itself a prison maker.
Unbelievable book. This explains so many of the injustices of our present day Society. Our versatile & powerful English language (500,000 words from 26 letters!) and it's 26 letter alphabet is humankind's greatest blessing as well as our greatest curse.

Long Live the Goddess and sacred Feminine and all that she stands for! "For too long has it been a 'Man's World', with Woman in her place, down with all that I say and empower woman with her loving grace!" -- Heman Chase Mill Hollow NH
The physical book is in good shape. It DOES contain some notes from a previous reader, but I do not mind, in fact, those scribbled marginalia offer some entertaining argument. The book arrived in a timely manner, BTW.

As far as content is concerned, I have often wondered where this apparently world-wide attack upon women sprang from. I have tried several threads and found so satisfying answer. This book, positing as it does a left-brain - right-brain approach and explanation is better than any other answer I have found. Whereas I don't agree on every point, and in fact disagree quite strongly with the author's guess that human development must be artifact-bound, I find myself entertained and inspired by most of the development of Shlain's thought.
What an interesting thought! I would recommend this book to anyone who delights in pursuit of lore and has wondered about the reason human admiration shifted from the feminine to the masculine.