A short book review: Yuval Noah Harari’s Sapiens: A brief History of Humankind.

Sapiens: A Brief History of HumankindSapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This book convinced me of the cliche idea that there’s a bigger purpose in life. That the universe is so vast, we merely even have any influence on it. George Carlin was critical of those who had the audacity to claim they were gonna save the world. In one of his skits, he said that “the earth is going to shake us off like a bad case of fleas”. This book emphasizes just that. Harari writes a clear outline about the history of humankind in perspectives that textbooks in my classes never included. It’s almost a “How it Works” book for the history of human kind. Also Harari doesn’t spare the thought of the uncertain future. He gives a few ideas of what might become of humans in the coming years, but teaches a strong lesson that in history what seems so obvious; may just never occur.

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  1. This is really spooky: a friend just lent me this book, it’s next on my reading list (after I finish Richard Dawkins’ The God Delusion).
    Going by what you’ve said about it, I think my friend lent it to me because he’s familiar with my campaign to get ‘Homo Sapiens Sapiens’ redefined as ‘Homo Fatuus Brutus‘ 🙂

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