3410 Hillview Avenue
Palo Alto, California 94304

Update: He will probably talk about his new book: Sex, Time and Power: How Women's Sexuality Shaped Human Evolution Even better :-)

Drew Gilpin Faust is the first woman President of Harvard University, Hillary Clinton may be the first Women president of the US in 2008, at least right now she is the front runner of the Democratic Party. How come that women are gaining influence now?

Leonard Shlain the author of The Alphabet Versus The Goddess may argue it is a proof that the proliferation of images in film, TV, graphics and computers is once again reconfiguring the brain by encouraging right hemispheric modes of thought that are encouraging the reemergence of the feminine.

Here his abstract to his Alphabet versus the Goddess Future Salon presentation:

This multimedia power point presentation containing over 300 images proposes that the rise of alphabetic literacy – the process of reading and writing – fundamentally reconfigured the human brain, and brought about profound changes in history, religion, and gender relations. Making remarkable connections among brain function, myth, and anthropology, Dr. Shlain shows why pre-literate cultures were principally informed by holistic, right-brain modes that venerated the Goddess, feminine values, and images. Writing, particularly alphabets, drove cultures toward linear left-brain thinking. This shift upset the balance between men and women, initiating the decline of the feminine and also ushered in the reign of patriarchy and misogyny. Examining the cultures of the Israelites, Greeks, Christians, and Muslims, he reinterprets many myths and parables in light of his theory. Shlain traces the affect of literacy on the Dark Ages, Mary, Gutenberg, the Reformation and the Witchcraze.

Shlain ends with an optimistic appraisal that the proliferation of images in film, TV, graphics and computers is once again reconfiguring the brain by encouraging right hemispheric modes of thought that are encouraging the reemergence of the feminine. A provocative, inspiring, and visually arresting presentation filled with startling historical anecdotes and fresh compelling ideas. It is a paradigm-shattering work that will transform your view of history and the mind.

A Future Salon has the following structure: 6-7 networking with light refreshments proudly sponsored by SAP. From 7-9+ pm presentation and discussion. SAP Labs North America, Building D, Room Southern Cross or Cafeteria depending on your responds. Please RSVP (http://tinyurl.com/33qnqn), 3410 Hillview Avenue, Palo Alto, CA 94304 [map] As always free and open to the public, spread the news.

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About the Author

Leonard Shlain is the Chairman of Laparoscopic surgery at the California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco and is an Associate Professor of Surgery at UCSF. He is also the author of three critically acclaimed, national bestselling, award-winning books. His first, Art & Physics: Parallel Visions in Space, Time, and Light, (HarperCollins) was published in 1991, and is presently used as a textbook in many art schools and universities. The LA Times called it a “Tour de Force” and the New York Times Book Review was equally enthusiastic A&P has also been translated into foreign languages.
Viking published his second book, The Alphabet Versus The Goddess: The Conflict Between Word and Image, in hardcover in 1998 and within weeks it was on the national bestseller list. Penguin distributed his book internationally in 1999 and it is now available in paperback. The Washington Post called it “Bold and fascinating,” George Steiner in the London Observer wrote that it was “Provocative and Innovative.” The New York Times’ Idea Section discussed his thought provoking theory. David Gergen interviewed Dr. Shlain for The Jim Lehrer News Hour and Frank Stasio did the same for National NPR. His new book Sex Time and Power: How Women’s Sexuality Shaped Human Evolution achieved national bestseller status in hardcover by Viking and the Quality Paperback Book Club chose ST&P as the best non-fiction paperback in 2004 in its New Visions category. The History Channel interviewed Dr. Shlain for its program on Leonardo and PBS’s did the same for Children of the Code
Dr. Shlain lectures widely both here and in Europe. He has been a keynote speaker for such diverse groups as the Smithsonian, Harvard, Florence Academy of Art, Salk Institute, Phillips collection, Los Alamos National Laboratory, NASA Johnson Space Center, and the European Union’s Ministers of Culture.
Dr. Shlain has won several literary awards for his visionary work and also holds several patents on innovative surgical devices. He is presently working on two books, Leonardo’s Brain: The Left/Right Roots of Creativity and Enough to Make Leonardo Smile: The Reciprocal Sayings of Artists and Physicists.

Official Website: http://futuresalon.org

Added by finnern on February 11, 2007