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Sapiens
Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind | Yuval Noah Harari
One hundred thousand 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, Professor Yuval Noah Harari spans the whole of human history, from the very first humans to walk the earth to the radicaland sometimes devastatingbreakthroughs of the Cognitive, Agricultural, and Scientific Revolutions. Drawing on insights from biology, anthropology, paleontology, and economics, and incorporating full-color illustrations throughout the text, 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 behavior from the legacy 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 integrates history and science to challenge everything we thought we knew about being human: our thoughts, our actions, our heritage...and our future.
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fleeting
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Ok ok fine I'm a believer now, I haven't put this book down since I started it earlier! I especially loved the chapter Building Pyramids. So many nuggets of thought, so much to rethink, and so much clarity in this book. It's amazing how succinctly he puts forth his theories, also without the act of preaching. I can't wait to finish this.

MallloCup I just started this! Super interesting thoughts and I love how he writes. He doesn't overcomplicate his points. 2d
fleeting @MallloCup true! It's easily digestible and compulsively readable, I'm hoping it's the same for his other books! 2d
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MallloCup
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Starting this year strong and adding variety to my normal reads. Just started Sapiens and I'm getting back into King's The Outsider. Anyone else start reading multiple books and get distracted by a gem of a book?

Literary_Siren Happens all the time. 7d
rubyslippersreads The story of my life. 😄 7d
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Billypar
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If you read Sapiens as just a more interesting textbook, you might enjoy it less. We're not accustomed to scientific books that place things as varied as human rights, capitalism, and religion in the same bucket of human myths. But if you read Sapiens as the attempt to tell humankind as an interesting story, one informed by science but not boxed in by it, it's a creative bird's-eye view of human history that is weirdly thrilling in a way.

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tiagonbraz
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"De todas as grandes criaturas do mundo, os únicos sobreviventes da inundação humana serão os próprios humanos e os animais domésticos que servem como escravos nas Galés da Arca de Noé"

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FluffyTurtle
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Title: Sapiens; A Brief History of Humankind
Genre: Non-Fiction
Date Started: Nov 23 2019 (Around Here)
Date Completed: Dec 1 2019 (Around Here)
Pages: 443
I found this on top of the printer and I got captivated by its title.
Summary: This book is like a fact book. It tells us how humans evolved over time, when there was about 6 types of humans, AKA humans. Until they all got extinct except for one - Homo Sapiens.

FluffyTurtle Throughout the book it gives us facts how humans evolved. First starting with pre-agriculture then to the cognitive revolution. Soon after it talks about how we developed money, religion, and how human civilization united. Moving into the scientific revolution, law of religion, maps, then to technology and how we take advantage of it. It explains mathematical laws, the industrial revolution, how Kings and Queens influenced their people. 1mo
FluffyTurtle It speaks about the Age of Shopping, the scientific dogma, bureaucracy, and famous structures that went down in history. It tells us how we discovered coal and how we used to put it in our kitchens. How gunpowder was discovered for explosives and much more. (edited) 1mo
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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. 2mo
Mandoul Really looking forward to having those on audio. Have heard really good things about his books. 2mo
Cinfhen All of his books are on my #HopefullySoon pile 2mo
Lucy_Anywhere I've read Sapiens - absolutely fascinating! 2mo
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Vivlio_Gnosi
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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 3mo
jen_the_scribe @Trashcanman It does look interesting! Added to my TBR list, thanks for the suggestion! 😁 3mo
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! 3mo
jen_the_scribe @4thhouseontheleft Interesting! Did not know he has courses on there! 3mo
4thhouseontheleft I‘m not sure if he still does, this was about 5 years ago. But he does, I definitely recommend it! 3mo
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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. 3mo
Crazeedi Welcome to litsy!!🎉🎉🎉 3mo
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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! 4mo
Seshat It's excellent, @Centique 4mo
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jen_the_scribe
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My kind of Friday night 😁

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Rieltalk
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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 😊 5mo
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! 5mo
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'. 5mo
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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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Pickpick

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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SW-T
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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. 5mo
tashsinton @Novelista71 yeah i definitely found the early stuff about our evolution the most interesting 5mo
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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. 6mo
tashsinton Yeah this book did make me think that mayve buddhists are onto something 5mo
Niki_Agarwal @tashsinton Lol! Ya.. A great book though! 2w
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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❓😄 6mo
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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! 7mo
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. 7mo
SamAnne I bought it but have been hearing lots of criticisms. Looks like it might slip down the TBR stack. 7mo
Redwritinghood Totally agree! I fail to understand they popularity of his books. 7mo
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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! 7mo
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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. 8mo
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annamatopoetry
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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 🤗 8mo
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annamatopoetry
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Yeah that's kind of the point #eattherich