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The Alphabet Versus the Goddess – Guest: Leonard Shlain

Groundbreaking research which 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. Shain 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. 

Leonard Shlain (1939 – 2009) was the author of Art & Physics: Parallel Visions in Space Time & Light and The Alphabet Versus the Goddess: The Conflict Between Word and Image. Dr. Shlain was an American surgeon, author, and inventor. He was chairperson of laparoscopic surgery at the California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco, and was an associate professor of surgery at University of California, San Francisco.

From the Archives: This live interview was recorded on January 16, 1999 on the nationally syndicated radio program, hosted by Laura Lee . See more at www.lauralee.com

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