The Alphabet vs. The Goddess Lecture by Dr. Leonard Shlain| 1hr : 15mins
Director: Tiffany Shlain & Let It Ripple Studio | Producer: Tiffany Shlain & Let It Ripple Studio
Focus Years: 2012 | Country: United States
In this groundbreaking book, Leonard Shlain, author of the bestselling "Art & Physics," proposes that the process of learning alphabetic literacy rewired the human brain, with profound consequences for culture. Making remarkable connections across a wide range of subjects including brain function, anthropology, history, and religion, Shlain argues that literacy reinforced the brain's linear, abstract, predominantly masculine left hemisphere at the expense of the holistic, iconic feminine right one. This shift upset the balance between men and women initiating the disappearance of goddesses, the abhorrence of images, and, in literacy's early stages, the decline of women's political status. Patriarchy and misogyny followed.