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Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind
Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind | Yuval Noah Harari
New York Times BestsellerA Summer Reading Pick for President Barack Obama, Bill Gates, and Mark Zuckerberg From a renowned historian comes a groundbreaking narrative of humanity's creation and evolution--a #1 international bestseller--that explores the ways in which biology and history have defined us and enhanced our understanding of what it means to be "human."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. 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.Dr. Harari also compels us to look ahead, because over the last few decades humans have begun to bend laws of natural selection that have governed life for the past four billion years. We are acquiring the ability to design not only the world around us, but also ourselves. Where is this leading us, and what do we want to become?Featuring 27 photographs, 6 maps, and 25 illustrations/diagrams, this provocative and insightful work is sure to spark debate and is essential reading for aficionados of Jared Diamond, James Gleick, Matt Ridley, Robert Wright, and Sharon Moalem.
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Kayla8

“...contradictions are an inseparable part of every human culture. In fact, they are the engines of cultural development, responsible for the creativity and dynamism of our species. Discord in our thoughts, ideas and values compel us to think, reevaluate, and criticize. Consistency is the playground of dull minds.”

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Kayla8
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This chapter is jam-packed with interesting theories on the “imagined orders” of social hierarchies, race, and gender.
I can‘t look at society the same way after reading this!

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Kayla8
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I CANNOT put this book down.

This has been on my TBR list for awhile now, and I am SO glad I picked this one off the shelf during my last trip to the bookstore.

For anyone who is interested in evolution and human history - this is a captivating and utterly informative read.

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gby0822
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One of the most interesting books I‘ve read!

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Tkgbjenn1 Sapiens is on my to read list. 4w
Mandoul Really looking forward to having those on audio. Have heard really good things about his books. 4w
Cinfhen All of his books are on my #HopefullySoon pile 4w
Lucy_Anywhere I've read Sapiens - absolutely fascinating! 4w
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Clwojick +1pt 1mo
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ranjansushant
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Did we domesticate wheat or did wheat domesticate us??

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Yoram
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Great!

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Michaelbmontes
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"Consistency is the playground of dull minds." "How do you cause people to believe in an imagined order such as Christianity, democracy or capitalism? First, you never admit that the order is imagined"

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Cafelicien
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Excited to get into this one

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jen_the_scribe
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Probably the most interesting nonfiction book I've read this year. The author seemed unbiased to me, as he delved into all sides. The facts/historical tales are probably my favorite bits, although history can be horrifying. The various theories were interesting as well, although I don't agree with all of them. The theories about the future in particular/what geneticists are working on was probably the most terrifying thing to read before bed lol.

Trashcanman If you like this you might like Guns, Germs and Steel 2mo
jen_the_scribe @Trashcanman It does look interesting! Added to my TBR list, thanks for the suggestion! 😁 2mo
4thhouseontheleft I took one of his classes on Coursera a few years ago, before his books were translated into English, and really enjoyed the course! 2mo
jen_the_scribe @4thhouseontheleft Interesting! Did not know he has courses on there! 2mo
4thhouseontheleft I‘m not sure if he still does, this was about 5 years ago. But he does, I definitely recommend it! 2mo
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jen_the_scribe
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"Each year the US population spends more money on diets than the amount needed to feed all the hungry people in the rest of the world. Obesity is a double victory for consumerism."

This was a bit of a wake up call to read. We spend more than we need to, and then spend even more to solve the problem it caused.

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Hopesa
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I genuinely think this book has changed my life. It has made me question my opinions and has given me a better understanding of the differences in human culture. I‘ve recommended it to anyone who will listen to me, absolutely incredible read.

Trashcanman If you liked this you'll love guns, germs and steel. 2mo
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BookNik
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Isn't it right? Sometimes luxuries make us slave. Love this book.

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Seshat

"History is what you call a Level Two Chaotic System."

Centique I‘m hoping to get to this book next year, it looks so good! 3mo
Seshat It's excellent, @Centique 3mo
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jen_the_scribe
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My kind of Friday night 😁

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Rieltalk
Mehso-so

Perhaps it was due to the overwhelming hype that I picked it up in the first place, but it‘s probably also due to the hype that I finished it feeling extremely unsatisfied. Compared to other “popular history” books like Mary Beard‘s SPQR, this was surprisingly touch-and-go, and tried to cover too wide a range of topics in too short a book. Still, it was a decent read, but rather disappointing.

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No offense to any Catholics (most of my family is Catholic, I'm not). But I thought it was funny. Out of context it looks very snarky, but he was comparing homo sapiens to the other species of humans from a very long time ago. Basically, homo sapiens have been the only species to form such complex languages and being able to tell stories, which is a theory as to why we were the only species to survive this long.

Velvetfur I loved this book! I know exactly what you mean about it being funny due to the comparisons, but I can also see how this book could be offensive to practicing religious people. I think I mean I can see the 'for's and the 'against's throughout 😊 3mo
jen_the_scribe @Velvetfur Yes! I definitely don't want to offend anyone and I can see why this was such a controversial book. But it's so interesting! 3mo
Velvetfur @jen_the_scribe Yes I agree, and my main takeaway from it was when the author points out that if something is possible, it is natural. That will be something very hard for certain people to get their heads around, like people who are against certain practices and proclaim them 'not natural'. 3mo
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deepak26v
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Its an amazing read. Its a lesson that whatever we do or feel today is determined by the way we have evolved.

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Nitpickyabouttrains
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Mehso-so

Non fiction about the history of people. It focused on different things at different times. Some of it worked for me more then others.

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jen_the_scribe
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I've been looking forward to this one!

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Sooohiya
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I loved this book. I took me a while to read it but it was worth it. It made me see things in a new way and think about things I never thought about. I can‘t say I agree on everything the writer says, but it is refreshing to have such a perspective on things like religion, economics, society and much more. It‘s a book I would definitely recommend

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I think this is a love it or hate it type book. I know people who told me not to read it - too biased - and they universally hated it. That said, while I wished he‘d gone into more detail on some things, and I didn‘t agree with everything, I loved the book and wasn‘t expecting to. Definitely one you‘ll think about and discuss-whether pro or con.

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tashsinton
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Remember that time when we as a species tricked ourselves into becoming feudal peasants when actually hunting and gathering was awesome? Brb
If you need me I'll be going feral.
#stupidsapiens #ytho #huntergatherer4lyf

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Novelista71 Recommended by a friend and thoroughly enjoyed the journey through our development as a species and most of all our physical journey too. 4mo
tashsinton @Novelista71 yeah i definitely found the early stuff about our evolution the most interesting 4mo
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WordsPersisted
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Rainy day means a great day for reading! Sad I can't go to the beach but I came prepared just for the occasion 😁

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Niki_Agarwal
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#Sapiens 📖
A deep thought! 💭

LapReader Nice nails. 5mo
tashsinton Yeah this book did make me think that mayve buddhists are onto something 4mo
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Niki_Agarwal
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"Buddha spent six years meditating on the essence, causes, and cures for human anguish. In the end, he came to the realization that suffering is not caused by ill fortune, by social injustice or by divine whims. Rather suffering is caused by the behavior patterns of one's minds."

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Antonsigurdur
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This one will go down as one of my favourite books and Yuval has earned a place as my favorite author! I simply could not put the book away - I will recommend his books to everyone that wants to listen! An absolute MUST read!

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jen_the_scribe
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This one has been on my TBR list for quite a while

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Stephjotsdown
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Book 22. Hope it makes sense

Buechersuechtling And, did it❓😄 5mo
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inquisitive_p
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Currently reading: I am loving the way this book is written .. just finished three chapters.

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Emilymdxn
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Panpan

Holy bias batman. I loved the beginning but as we went through I found myself only reading it to find material to discuss with my bf and friends how misleading it was. I‘m gonna stick a big old ‘citation needed‘ on almost everything after the agricultural revolution. It felt more like a guy who‘s really into banking systems telling me in a bar how meaningful it is that Elon Musk is gonna change humanity than anything else.

saresmoore 😂 That hypothetical bar scenario is my nightmare! 6mo
rwmg Yes. I wanted to like it but once he got down to specifics, I kept finding myself saying 'that's not right' far too often. 6mo
SamAnne I bought it but have been hearing lots of criticisms. Looks like it might slip down the TBR stack. 6mo
Redwritinghood Totally agree! I fail to understand they popularity of his books. 6mo
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athejaswi
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Heard gossips about this book...but its all true..a fresh perspective on us.

ImperfectCJ This book looks very interesting...I hadn't heard about it before your post. Something else for my TBR! Welcome to Litsy! 5mo
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Emilymdxn
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Lunchtime date with Sapiens. I‘ve read some mixed reviews saying the first sections are much better than the end section, and I‘m adoring the paleo anthropology so much but I‘m less interested in the more recent sections so we‘ll see how that turns out. I‘ve heard the writer‘s bias really shows in the later sections.

melissanorr There were things I liked about that book but his bias really is obvious and I found the text overly repetitive. 6mo
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A solid meh. The first third was a very good summary of paleoanthropology, then it got worse. I'm actually surprised Harari is a historian, he reads like an economist. Making strong stances on a wide array of areas, being pro capitalist (or a very toothless soc dem), probably annoying religion scholars with his definition of a religion, his book became a chore to read despite being factually accurate where fact was a concern.

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annamatopoetry
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That is blatantly untrue?? Campaigning season started in spring/early summer and continued until just past or just before harvest wtf #annaargueswithbooks.

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haileybean
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1.) whim and “oh yeah, I forgot about you.”
2.) I don‘t take public transportation - but I do listen to audiobooks when I walk
3.) life 🤷‍♀️
4.) coffee/tea and I don‘t usually eat while I read.
5.) @AprilMae @Eggs
#wondrouswednesday

Eggs Thanks for joining in-great responses 🤗 7mo
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annamatopoetry
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Yeah that's kind of the point #eattherich

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haileybean
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Currently reading: I‘m loving how this book is written. Cross your fingers this doesn‘t end up in the stack of started but not finished