Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind
Most books about the history of humanity pursue either a historical or a biological approach, but Dr. Yuval Noah Harari breaks the mold with this highly original book that begins about 70,000 years ago with the appearance of modern cognition. From examining the role evolving humans have played in the global ecosystem to charting the rise of empires, Sapiens integrates history and science to reconsider accepted narratives, connect past developments with contemporary concerns, and examine specific events within the context of larger ideas.
Fiction may be our greatest invention
Wheat domesticated us
Are enslaved by time?
Capitalism -The worlds most successful religion
As a whole, are we happier than we were in the stone age?
1500 AD to now -The Scientific Revolution
Sapiens was recommended to me through Twitter... and I'm so glad I came across it! In no other book have I been so enthralled that after I started mentally engulfing page after page, time seemed to stop. The concepts and arguments Yuval discusses in Sapiens are truly thought provoking. So much so that Sapiens now holds the record for book I've gifted the most this year.
I've recommended this book to history buffs, non-buffs, and even recommended it to my 9 year old to start reading it after he complained that his school was making history boring.
Today is going to be a good day, I have a feeling...
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