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characters ✓ E-book, or Kindle E-pub ☆ Yuval Noah Harari Eties 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 futu. History and Sociology for Dummies this book is almost irrecoverably watered down intellectually and for all those commenters that think I am calling them dummies I am simply referring to the popular XXX For Dummies books and I am not intentionally insulting folks that enjoyed the book Sapiens does make some interesting points and probably opens a few debates but it disappointed me There are lots of soundbites here especially the oft uoted one about the agricultural revolution being history's greatest ripoff but they remain soundbites because they never really reach a conclusion The book starts out alright was the hunter gatherer civilizations are discussed in some detail and without focusing exclusively on North America Europe and the Middle East Harari's chapters here did make for decent reading about the concept the author calls the cognitive revolution which separates us from other animals Unfortunately the next section about the agricultural revolution is a bit too polemical Yes it was a radical change and yes it did lead to new problems disease famine etc but without it the human species would likely have never evolved to the point of me typing this text on my laptop and you reading it in a browser There are not parallel paths proposed just a vague condemnation of agriculture before he takes on the subject of religions Here he talks of the evolution of monotheism from the polytheistic systems that abounded before I felt he did not discuss in sufficient death the animist systems which still dominate Africa South America and the Arctic among others He seems to favor Buddhism the pages there have a much tolerant and fawning tone than those of the other religions which seemed a little intellectually dishonest to me I mean if he is trying to develop a dispassionate argument about how religions develop he should not take a particular position without announcing it first Anyway after this the book covers the industrial revolution and brings us up to modern times Honestly I felt that the end of the book really soured the whole product for me Well I was already annoyed with all the cute phrases and the prolific use of at the end of 20% of the sentences OK I am exaggerating but seriously a history book shouldn't use the exclamation point says the snob reviewer But when the author sets up an argument about where we should be headed as a human race he then goes off on bizarre tangents about cyber technology and refers to an obscure Project Gilgamesh which unless I missed something major earlier in the book he never mentioned before I felt that the last chapter just came out of nowhere and made absolutely no sense Perhaps as other reviews here on GR have suspected no one actually reads this book preferring to leave it unsullied on their coffee table as a prop to their showoff intellectualism In any case it didn't do it for meUnfortunately my in laws who bought me Sapiens also bought me the seuel so I suppose I will be guilted into reading it at some point In conclusion I prefer reading REAL history books with caffeine rather than this decaffeinated saccharin substitute for them I would highly suggest the factual and far less polemical Guns Germs and Steel The Fates of Human Societies which deals with a similar topic but without the excessive punctuation I am not alone in my disdain for this over publicized waste of trees A friend passed me this article in which the author concludes But Sapiens provides us with no resources for answering uestions about the moral implications of scientific and technological change A commitment to a reductionist mechanistic view of Homo sapiens may give us some insight into some of the aspects of our past most tied to our material nature But Harari’s view of culture and of ethical norms as fundamentally fictional makes impossible any coherent moral framework for thinking about and shaping our future And it asks us to pretend that we are not what we know ourselves to be — thinking and feeling subjects moral agents with free will and social beings whose culture builds upon the facts of the physical world but is not limited to themThis book is waaaaay overratedAs an aside I wanted to briefly talk compare The Overstory and The Hidden Life of Trees What They Feel How They Communicate – Discoveries from a Secret World with this book In the Sapiens A Brief History of Humankind the author bemoans the wanton destruction caused by the agricultural revolution but to my mind proposes no alternative and just leaves the reader with empty vacuous soundbites In the former two books we are given a vast insight into how trees communicate and how they are intimately related to human beings Yes our ignorance of their speech as alien to us as would be expected because our life spans and perception of time is on the same magnitude as that of flies to humans has caused irreparable damage to the ecosystem And there is an obvious domino effect global warming and climate change But in the two books about trees even if a militant outlook is shown to be a dead end it is demonstrated that being custodians of nature we can help forests come back and preserve our biodiversity It is not all of humankind that is to blame as Harari would have us believe but rather rapacious grift driving large corporations which reap a direct short term financial benefit from wholesale environmental destruction If the law was enforced rather than trampled upon the jobs could be converted to conservation related jobs and the forests could be preserved I found that this positive message was stronger than any of the superficial aphorisms in Harari's book

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review קיצור תולדות האנושות‎ Ḳitsur toldot ha enoshut 109 ✓ 100000 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 kin 100000 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 w. Is there anything dangerous than dissatisfied and irresponsible gods who don't know what they want What a fantastic book I can see why everyone from Bill Gates to Barack Obama was raving about it It's an extremely compelling accessible history almost like a novelization of humankindI've read a few of these brief history of the world books most notably A History of the World in 100 Objects and Bryson's A Short History of Nearly Everything I liked both but neither is as engaging as this book Also Harari's book stays vague on the physics dinosaurs and such unlike Bryson's work making this not so much about the whole universe but specifically about humans Or I should clarify homo sapiensMost of all I like how easy to digest the author makes all this information I have a lot of respect for authors who can present something complex in simple terms I've always liked the uote attributed to Einstein “If You Can’t Explain it to a Six Year Old You Don’t Understand it Yourself” Anyone with a thesaurus can make something seem dense and complicated than it is; it's much harder to explain something long and complicated in a way that everyone can enjoyAnd it does read like a really exciting and fascinating novel Harari takes us through the history of human development and migration through the Cognitive Revolution view spoilera sudden increase in cognitive ability around 70000 years ago not the 1950s intellectual movement hide spoiler

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קיצור תולדות האנושות‎ Ḳitsur toldot ha enoshutOrld 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 soci. I believe I am relatively familiar with history in general and I'm usually not very excited about reading about it But this book was something else Beautifully written and easy to read this book just made me want to know and about how the author thinks the world evolved to what it is today Revolution by revolution religion by religion conception by conception things were simplified and yet still maintained valid points and it was never boringThe best thing about it was that it actually made me thinkThe author doesn't treat you as ignorant at all he doesn't assume you know nothing but assume you know a lot and understand a lot and doesn't lecture about anything and that attitude makes the book a pleasure to readJust read it