The Alphabet Versus the Goddess: The Conflict Between Word and Image
Making remarkable connections across a wide range of subjects including brain anatomy and function, anthropology, history, and religion, Shlain argues that, with the advent of literacy, the very act of reading an alphabet reinforced the brain's left hemisphere - linear, abstract, predominantly masculine at the expense of the right holistic, concrete, visual, feminine. This shift upset the balance between men and women, and initiated the disappearance of goddesses, the abhorrence of images, the decline of women's social and political status, and a long reign of patriarchy and misogyny.
The Alphabet Versus the Goddess tracks the correlations between the rise and fall of literacy and the changing status of women in society, mythology, and religion throughout European history, and in other cultures as well.
Shlain goes on to describe a colossal shift he calls the iconic revolution, now under way, that began in the nineteenth century: the return of the image. The invention of photography and the discovery of electromagnetism have brought us film, television, video, computers, advertising, graphics - and a shift from the dominance of the left hemisphere to reassertion of the right. Image information has gradually been superseding print information, and in the resulting social revolution women have benefited as society shifts to embrace feminine values.
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Review: The Alphabet Versus the Goddess: The Conflict Between Word and ImageUser Review - Bobbie - Goodreads
Ever wonder what happened to the Goddess Culture of Antiquity? Dr. Shlain explains the demise of the duality in religion at the advent of writing. Before the Bible and the Torah and the Quran became ... Read full review
Review: The Alphabet Versus the Goddess: The Conflict Between Word and ImageUser Review - Allison Long - Goodreads
I'm not sure how much to believe of this guy's theory, but I greatly enjoyed the historical overview of Western culture. Read full review
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