The Alphabet Versus the Goddess: The Conflict Between Word and Image

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Could the invention of writing, and then the alphabet, have been largely responsible for a decisive shift towards patriarchy and misogyny? in this book, the author draws on brain anatomy and anthropology, religion and history, to develop his challenging thesis. Literacy, he argues, encourages "masculine" linear, reductionist and abstract modes of thought which tend to degrade women. (The witch-hunts of the Renaissance coincided with the rapid expansion of printing). Yet the last century has been the rise of visual ...

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C.J.

Oct 11, 2013

So, THAT explains it !

Brilliant account of why the GODDESS fell ( or was pushed ) off Her pedestal.Informative, fact based perspective shared with a sensitive hand and heart.

balaenoptera

Oct 8, 2009

must read twice

a wonderful book; insightful, inspiring, humble, and clearly testament to actual work done by the writer. yet, we still need more of a woman's voice...

watusi

Jul 2, 2009

Highly recommended

A great book that can not help but make the reader think twice about the subject matter. Complicated but well worth the effort.

epri

Jun 4, 2009

McLuhan's Wake

Why did Moses have to wear a veil over his face after Yahweh dictated the Ten Commandments to him? Why did the Israelites make brides shave off their hair for life? And why did the powerful Egyptian rulers fear the Hebrews even after enslavement?

The answer lies with a powerful invention the effects of which have reshaped human history: the alphabet.
Following in the revolutionary insights of Marshall McLuhan, Shlain delivers a scholarly interpretation of the decline of Goddess worshiping societies after the introduction into human society of the phonetic alphabet.

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