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 the University of California at San Francisco. He is also the author of two critically acclaimed, award-winning books - Art & Physics: Parallel Visions in Space, Time, and Light and The Alphabet Versus the Goddess: The Conflict Between Word and Image. The Washington Post called AVG “bold and fascinating,” and the Los Angeles Times called A&P “a tour de force.” He also has been interviewed by David Gergen for the Jim Lehrer News Hour and by Frank Stasio for NPR.
Shlain’s recent book Sex, Time & Power: How Women’s Sexuality Shaped Human Evolution explores the reasons why Homo sapiens evolved so far away from other animals in several key attributes. Synchronized menses, cryptic ovulation, extraordinary orgasms, early menopause and entrainment with the moon are some of the issues dealt with in the book. Shlain also explores the roots of religions, funerals and marriage, and discusses how men learned to love and kill and why they become such invested fathers.
Shlain is working on a new book, Leonardo’s Brain: The Right/Left Roots of Creativity. He lives and writes in Mill Valley, California, with his wife, Ina Gyemant, who is also a CWA participant.