Discussing Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari
Although I've only just started the book, I can safely say that Sapiens is an eye-opener and page turner. Here is what Good Reads, which gave it a 4.5 rating, has to say about it:
"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. "
Although the subject is deep, the author's language and prose is clear and easy to understand. Do read the book and come to the meeting discuss it.
As the book is long we plan to discuss it over two meetings. On October 28th we'll be discuss the first three parts and then, five weeks later, on December 2nd, we'll discuss the scientific revolution.
Note the new start time and venue. We are now starting at 4 pm in a bookstore in Ipanema, which is a block and a half from the Protected content
I look forward to seeing you!
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