By Leonard Shlain
As within the bestselling The Alphabet as opposed to the Goddess, Leonard Shlain’s provocative new publication supplies to alter the way in which readers view themselves and the place they got here from.
Sex, Time, and Power bargains a tantalizing solution to an age-old query: Why did big-brained Homo sapiens abruptly emerge a few 150,000 years in the past? the most important, in line with Shlain, is girl sexuality. Drawing on an amazing breadth of study, he indicates how, in the past, the narrowness of the newly bipedal human female’s pelvis and the expanding measurement of infants’ heads prompted a difficulty for the species. usual choice allowed for the difference of the human lady to this environmental tension by means of reconfiguring her hormonal cycles, entraining them with the periodicity of the moon. the implications, besides the fact that, did even more than make certain our lifestyles; they imbued ladies with the concept that of time, and gave them regulate over sex—a energy that men sought to reclaim. And the opportunity of attaining immortality via heirs drove males to build patriarchal cultures that went directly to dominate lots of human history.
From the character of courtship to the evolution of language, Shlain’s wonderful and wide-ranging exploration stimulates new pondering very outdated matters.