By Leonard Shlain
As within the bestselling The Alphabet as opposed to the Goddess, Leonard Shlain’s provocative new ebook offers to alter the way in which readers view themselves and the place they got here from.
Sex, Time, and Power bargains a tantalizing resolution to an age-old query: Why did big-brained Homo sapiens abruptly emerge a few 150,000 years in the past? the major, in keeping with Shlain, is woman sexuality. Drawing on an grand breadth of analysis, he indicates how, in the past, the narrowness of the newly bipedal human female’s pelvis and the expanding dimension of babies’ heads brought about a situation for the species. traditional choice allowed for the variation of the human girl to this environmental tension by means of reconfiguring her hormonal cycles, entraining them with the periodicity of the moon. the consequences, besides the fact that, did even more than verify our life; they imbued girls with the concept that of time, and gave them keep watch over over sex—a strength that men sought to reclaim. And the potential of reaching immortality via heirs drove males to build patriarchal cultures that went directly to dominate quite a bit of human history.
From the character of courtship to the evolution of language, Shlain’s outstanding and wide-ranging exploration stimulates new considering very outdated matters.