The Alphabet Versus the Goddess: The Conflict Between Word and Image

The Alphabet Versus the Goddess: The Conflict Between Word and Image

  • ISBN-13: 9780670878833
  • $36.72

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From the author of the bestselling "Art and Physics" comes a new book with breathtaking implications. Making remarkable connections across a wide range of subjects, including neurology, anthropology, history, and religion, "Leonard Shlain" argues that the development of alphabetic literacy itself reinforced the human brain's left hemisphere -- linear, abstract, predominantly masculine -- at the expense of its right -- holistic, concrete, visual, feminine. "The Alphabet Versus the Goddess" charts the connection between alphabetic literacy and monotheism; patriarchy and misogyny, and tracks the correlations between the rise and fall of literacy and the status of women in society, mythology, and religion.

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