A brief history of humankind

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a brief history of humankind

Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari

100,000 years ago, at least six human species inhabited the earth. Today there is just one. Us. Homo sapiens.

How did our species succeed in the battle for dominance? Why did our foraging ancestors come together to create cities and kingdoms? How did we come to believe in gods, nations and human rights; to trust money, books and laws; and to be enslaved by bureaucracy, timetables and consumerism? And what will our world be like in the millennia to come?

In Sapiens, Dr Yuval Noah Harari spans the whole of human history, from the very first humans to walk the earth to the radical – and sometimes devastating – breakthroughs of the Cognitive, Agricultural and Scientific Revolutions. Drawing on insights from biology, anthropology, paleontology and economics, he explores how the currents of history have shaped our human societies, the animals and plants around us, and even our personalities. Have we become happier as history has unfolded? Can we ever free our behaviour from the heritage of our ancestors? And what, if anything, can we do to influence the course of the centuries to come?

Bold, wide-ranging and provocative, Sapiens challenges everything we thought we knew about being human: our thoughts, our actions, our power ... and our future.
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Sir Francis Bacon said that some books are to be tasted, others to be swallowed, and some few to be chewed and digested. This masterpiece by Yuval Noah Harari squarely lies in the last category. Two hundred thousand years ago, Homo sapiens evolved in East Africa. We were an animal of no special significance. To be sure, we were not the the only humans to walk this planet either.

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The book posits that humans are powerful because we can tell stories.

What does it mean to be human? In a sweeping narrative spanning two and half million years of human evolution, Israeli historian Yuval Noah Harari weaves insights from science and the humanities together to answer to what it means to be human. You are human but you are not the only species of human. Today, Sapiens is the only remaining species of human. So forget mixed race, intersex or other non-binary identities, you are Interspecies. The big takeout for us at Brand Genetics is that human-centric insight and innovation is about understanding humans as myth-makers as well as memory-makers. Without these twin insights, very little that humans do, makes any sense at all.


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