Imagery and the Alphabet Part 1 with Leonard Shlain
Thinking Allowed with Jeffrey Mishlove

In ancient times, says Leonard Shlain, human societies universally worshipped the image of a goddess. Sometime about 5,000 years ago a massive shift occurred in which the sex of the deity changed. He presents his hypothesis that this change is related to the introduction of the alphabet and its effects upon the human brain. He notes that in the west, witchhunts and other effects of male-dominant society occurred at a time of rising literacy. He also suggests that the rise of feminism in the twentieth century is correlated with increased use of imagery as a result of film and television.

Host: Jeffrey Mishlove
Featuring: Leonard Shlain
Audio Languages: English
Subtitles: English