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August 23, 2003

Ah, Just-So Dr. Shlain?

Just listened to Dr. Leonard Shlain on Tech Nation (on & off while I was coding a little). He basically is restating stuff you can find in William Calvin's books, but injecting the voice of a storyteller, hyperbolizing a lot and adding his own interpretation to human (female?) evolution. He has a book out, Sex, Time & Power, which he's promoting, though he rambled so much that Moira Gunn couldn't get a word in edge-wise and I think I basically know what's in the book (it was like one of those really good trailers-don't see the movie, you're already exhilarated). The previous link is to the book's website, and it has lots of elaboration on Dr. Shlain's ideas...boy, is this guy a dilettante! His site states that he's the "Chairman of Laparoscopic surgery at the California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco," who says doctors don't believe they're gods? Anyway, handle with caution, but read the synopsis....

Posted by razib at 08:57 PM

Sounds pretty rubbishy to me. Australian Aborigines have very little trouble with childbirth because the babies have smaller heads -- and Abos ARE human. I think the big head problem is very recent.


Posted by: John Ray at August 24, 2003 04:46 AM