As in the bestselling The Alphabet Versus the Goddess, Leonard Shlain's provocative new book promises to change the way listeners view themselves and where they came from.
Sex, Time, and Power offers a tantalizing answer to an age-old question: Why did big-brained Homo sapiens suddenly emerge some 150,000 years ago? The key, according to Shlain, is female sexuality. Drawing on an awesome breadth of research, he shows how, long ago, the narrowness of the newly bipedal human female's pelvis and the increasing size of infants' heads precipitated a crisis for the species. Natural selection allowed for the adaptation of the human female to this environmental stress by reconfiguring her hormonal cycles, entraining them with the periodicity of the moon. The results, however, did much more than ensure our existence; they imbued women with the concept of time, and gave them control over sex—a power that males sought to reclaim. And the possibility of achieving immortality through heirs drove men to construct patriarchal cultures that went on to dominate so much of human history.
From the nature of courtship to the evolution of language, Shlain's brilliant and wide-ranging exploration stimulates new thinking about very old matters.
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About Leonard Shlain
(1937–2009) was a bestselling author, inventor, and surgeon. Admired among
artists, scientists, philosophers, anthropologists, and educators, Shlain
authored three bestselling books: Art & Physics, Alphabet vs. the
Goddess, and Sex, Time, and Power. He delivered multimedia
presentations based upon his books in venues around the world including
Harvard, the New York Museum of Modern Art, CERN, Los Alamos, the Florence
Academy of Art, and the European Council of Ministers.
About Bob Souer
Bob Souer is a full-time professional storyteller, voice actor, and AudioFile Earphones Award–winning narrator. He has narrated broadcast and nonbroadcast projects for corporations and ministries across North America. His voice has been heard on PBS, the History Channel, the Military Channel, and many other networks. He has also narrated radio and television programs for the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, D. James Kennedy Ministries, SIM, and Compassion International.