Sapiens

Sapiens

A Brief History of Humankind

Book - 2015
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"One hundred thousand years ago, at least six different species of humans inhabited Earth. Yet today there is only one--homo sapiens. What happened to the others? And what may happen to us? 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"--Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York, NY : Harper, 2015
Edition: First U.S. edition
ISBN: 9780062316097
0062316095
9780062316110
0062316117
Characteristics: 443 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm

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SunsetBranch
Nov 30, 2018

From the Earth-centric point of view, we are about the worst thing that has ever happened to this planet (oh! aside from the asteroid.) Scary. Too scary to read the second book about the havoc we're likely to cause in the future

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nngrey
Nov 12, 2018

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/11/09/business/yuval-noah-harari-silicon-valley.html?action=click&module=Well&pgtype=Homepage&section=Technology

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a59038
Jul 20, 2018

Very poorly written. It is mostly a random stream of consciousness and mindless rambling.

Kristina Radzhapova Jun 24, 2018

This book talks about the history of Humankind, who we are and how we have evolved. It's a unique history book. So many interesting and original idea's all brought together in one cohesive story. Clearly written and so complex in its breadth as there are many topics covered across many disciplines. It answers questions and inspires new questions especially the curiosity of what is next for Homo Sapiens considering how quickly technology is evolving in our time. I've chosen to tackle it in pieces as it is not a light read. Currently enjoying this one!

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sedor1020
Jun 24, 2018

I thoroughly enjoyed Professor Harari's writing style, wit and perspective on commonly held beliefs in the fields, for example, of history, anthropology, religion and social systems. He puts a spin on things designed to make one think about just what it is that has shaped modern societies and what exactly it is that makes us human.

Unlike some of the opinions of those which follow here, I don't believe that this is a book for beginners, whatsoever. Harari's style is clear and precise but deals with very complex concepts about humankind, its' long history and the possibility of humankind existing without actual human bodies at some time in the future. Without some solid background in a fairly broad range of social sciences, you'll not likely recognize the brilliance of his convergence from typical experts in these fields.

If you enjoy unique minds with a broad understanding of what makes mankind and modern society tick, you'll find this 400+ page book a thoroughly enjoyable book.

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Pretzel_OPL
May 19, 2018

This book is essentially a bird's-eye view of the field of social sciences. Not quite in-depth enough to cover all the topics with comprehensive detail, but certainly an excellent jumping off point for anyone interested in any of the subjects Harari raises. This book, part sociology, part anthropology, part economics, part history, is an excellent book for those looking to expand their knowledge about all of the above!

Excellent book, a must-read.

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ranvapa
Mar 17, 2018

This book comes across as overly simplistic when you first crack it open. And you think... well, what do you expect from a 400-ish page book that attempts to cover all of human history?

However, Prof. Harari skillfully starts to raise some questions that build into the most thought-provoking ideas.

I highly recommend this book - it really makes you think about our past and future as a species.

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ChrisMcMil
Dec 06, 2017

An excellent and very accessible high level discussion of the grand sweep of human progress from an historical perspective, focusing ultimately on some important questions that we should be seeking answers to before we “fall of the cliff” as we accelerate into an uncertain future. Thankfully he pretty much stays within his lane as an objective historian and doesn’t try to make judgments or prescribe solutions. Of course it is not an academic treatise, but for most readers it should be a very stimulating read.

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ricardohdz
Nov 28, 2017

A very romantic book about the history of humankind, this piece was well planned to be a best-seller. The core of the book is comprised about several notes of defining moments of planet earth and the evolution of our species. Do not expect a highly intellectual, full fact narration; this is history narrated in form of a novel. Digressions and personal thoughts make this book a little tedious to read, it could be more compact and concise with a little more edition. But we know this was totally written for a specific market and audience. However, a good book to know how mass media literates our society.

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ItsAccrualWorld
Nov 24, 2017

This is pretty entertaining in all honesty.

From what I understand, Harari cherry picks his data to fit his narrative and thesis. This makes sense, as it seems like an insurmountable task to try and condense the "history of humanity" into one ~500 page book that is comprehensive and free of bias.

However, if you can accept and move past the fact that this book is not a reliable or thorough piece of anthropology, there's quite a bit of value here. Reading this book is like listening to the ramblings of a very smart and erudite guy while he outlines his personal philosophy at the bar; It shouldn't shape how you view the past or how to live your life, but it's entertaining and contains a couple of ideas that are fun to think about.

I would probably not recommend this book to any academics specializing in history and anthropology, because all of the inevitable inaccuracies and generalizations employed will probably bother you a lot more than they bothered me.

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dano62
Nov 05, 2015

Both scientist and conqueror began by admitting ignorance - they both said 'I don't know what's out there.' They both felt compelled to go out and make new discoveries.

SFPL_ReadersAdvisory Aug 18, 2015

"We did not domesticate wheat. It domesticated us."

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