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Leonard Shlain
Leonard Shlain (August 28, 1937 – May 11, 2009) was a US 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. His books include Art & Physics: Parallel Visions in Space, Time, and Light (1991), The Alphabet Versus the Goddess: The Conflict Between Word and Image (1998), and Sex, Time and Power: How Women's Sexuality Shaped Human Evolution (2003).
Leonard Shlain: On The Alphabet vs. The Goddess Lecture
75 minutes
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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.
Leonard Shlain: On Art & Physics: Parallel Visions in Space, Time & Light
54 minutes
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Leonard Shlain proposes that the visionary artist is the first member of a culture to see the world in a new way. Then, nearly simultaneously, a revolutionary physicist discovers a new way to think about the world. Escorting the reader through the classical, medieval, Renaissance and modern eras, Shlain shows how the artists' images when superimposed on the physicists' concepts create a compelling fit. Throughout, Shlain juxtaposes the specific art works of famous artists alongside the world-changing ideas of great thinkers. Giotto and Galileo, da Vinci and Newton, Picasso and Einstein, Duchamp and Bohr, Matisse and Heisenberg, and Monet and Minkowski are just a few of the provocative pairings.
Leonard Shlain: On Conversations With History
59 minutes
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Leonard Shlain explores age old questions in this talk. What do women want? Why do men hunt? What is the nature of an orgasm? What is it's evolutionary purpose. What attracts humans? Shlain is a polymath who connects disperate fields of knowledge exceptionally well.
Leonard Shlain: On The Big O: What Do Women Want? Why Do Men Hunt?
53 minutes
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Leonard Shlain explores age old questions in this talk. What do women want? Why do men hunt? What is the nature of an orgasm? What is it's evolutionary purpose. What attracts humans? Shlain is a polymath who connects disperate fields of knowledge exceptionally well.