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The Alphabet Versus the Goddess : The Conflict Between Word And Image - Leonard Shlain

The Alphabet Versus the Goddess

The Conflict Between Word And Image

Paperback Published: 1st September 1999
ISBN: 9780140196016
Number Of Pages: 496
For Ages: 18+ years old

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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.

Prefacep. VII
Acknowledgmentsp. XI
Image/Wordp. 1
Hunters/Gatherersp. 8
Right Brain/Left Brainp. 17
Males: Death/Females: Lifep. 28
Nonverbal/Verbalp. 40
Cuneiform/Mardukp. 45
Hieroglyphs/Isisp. 53
Aleph/Betp. 64
Hebrews/Israelitesp. 72
Abraham/Mosesp. 87
Thera/Matzahp. 103
Adam/Evep. 112
Cadmus/Alphap. 120
Sappho/Ganymedep. 132
Dionysus/Apollop. 136
Athens/Spartap. 149
Lingam/Yonip. 159
Birth/Deathp. 168
Yin/Yangp. 179
Taoism/Confucianismp. 187
B.C./A.D.p. 203
Jesus/Christp. 213
Death/Rebirthp. 222
Patriarchs/Hereticsp. 237
Reason/Madnessp. 252
Illiteracy/Celibacy, 500-1000p. 261
Muslin Veils/Muslim Wordsp. 278
Mystic/Scholastic, 1000-1300p. 292
Humanist/Egoist, 1300-1500p. 309
Protestant/Catholicp. 323
Faith/Hatep. 341
Sorcery/Sciencep. 362
Positive/Negative, 1648-1899p. 378
Id/Superego, 1900-1945p. 393
Page/Screen, 1945-2000p. 407
Epiloguep. 430
Notesp. 433
Bibliographyp. 445
Indexp. 454
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ISBN: 9780140196016
ISBN-10: 0140196013
Series: Compass
Audience: Professional
For Ages: 18+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 496
Published: 1st September 1999
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.23 x 14.61  x 3.18
Weight (kg): 0.45