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That's a pretty audacious claim, one that The Alphabet Versus the Goddess provides extensive historical and cultural correlations to support. Shlain's thesis takes readers from the evolutionary steps that distinguish the human brain from that of the primates to the development of the Internet. The very act of learning written language, he argues, exercises the human brain's left hemisphere--the half that handles linear, abstract thought--and enforces its dominance over the right hemisphere, which thinks holistically and visually. If you accept the idea that linear abstraction is a masculine trait, and that holistic visualization is feminine, the rest of the theory falls into place. The flip side is that as visual orientation returns to prominence within society through film, television, and cyberspace, the status of women increases, soon to return to the equilibrium of the earliest human cultures. Shlain wisely presents this view of history as plausible rather than definite, but whether you agree with his wide-ranging speculations or not, he provides readers eager to "understand it all" with much to consider. --Ron Hogan
The author's main premise resides within the assumption that the rise in linear, logic-based left-brain maps, throughout history, to the introduction of writing. Read morePublished 2 days ago by Nova137
Interesting, well researched, and the credentials of the author make it very thought provoking.Published 16 days ago by MABRock
Thought-provoking, beautifully written, rich in vocabulary, well edited. A great read! And it arrived in great condition.Published 25 days ago by AKG
Thought-provoking. Will change the way you look at the world, religious history and evolution of belief.Published 1 month ago by noorilhuda
Incredible read. Fascinating. Author pulls you through the book.Published 1 month ago by Sabreena Barton
What an incredible treatise on the brain and how it functions and the social impact it has had on Society. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Marcia Ann George