See all formats and editions Hide other formats and editions. SAPIENS: A BRIEF HISTORY OF HUMANKIND by YUVAL NOAH HARARI was published in 2014. รีวีว Sapiens: a Brief History of Humankind โดย Yuval Noah Harari (1) ... disenchantment erotic ethnography fieldwork folklore harari humankind John Donne LGBTQ+ materiality Max Weber Mobility Multispecies review sapiens sex sign painter Simone de Beauvoir Slappy Hooper taboo Review of “Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind” Sapiens is not a scholarly work. Other editions - View all. "It tackles the biggest questions of history and of the modern world, and it is written in unforgettably vivid language. History Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind YUVAL NOAH HARARIHarvill Secker, $35. This is an excellent book. There are some errors in the book which are disappointing as it may undermine your faith in the rest of the book and there is a reasonable dollop of the authors opinion. 5.0 out of 5 stars Great quality. He accepts the common view that the fundamental structure of our emotions and desires hasn't been touched by any of these revolutions: "our eating habits, our conflicts and our sexuality are all a result of the way our hunter-gatherer minds interact with our current post-industrial environment, with its mega-cities, airplanes, telephones and computers … Today we may be living in high-rise apartments with over-stuffed refrigerators, but our DNA still thinks we are in the savannah." Us. It's just like overeating: if the minds of pornography addicts could be seen as bodies, they would look just like the grossly obese. Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind is published by Harvill Secker (£25). Harari primarily presents an hypothesis as to how Homo sapiens who successfully migrated out of Africa circa 70 kya (thousand years ago) and thereafter, successfully dominating the planet, differed from earlier Homo sapiens who attempted out migration previously (e.g. LibraryThing Review User Review - LyndaInOregon - LibraryThing. Read honest and unbiased product reviews from our users. It will certainly not be the next A Brief History of Time, which is often named as the world's top unfinished popular bestseller. The book surveys the history of humankind from the evolution of archaic human species in the Stone Age up to … I was quickly impressed by this ambitious book, which aims to summarise the whole of human history. A wonderful book which plots out succinctly the history of sapiens in a manner which is palatable, giving the highlights from a broad range of literature. Read more. In terms of scope and ambition, Yuval Harari’s aim to offer a “Brief History of Humankind” can’t be topped. At one point Harari claims that "the leading project of the scientific revolution" is the Gilgamesh Project (named after the hero of the epic who set out to destroy death): "to give humankind eternal life" or "amortality". Within the first dozen or so pages, Harari answers one of his own questions with, ‘Frankly, we don’t know’. Humankind has covered a long distance from the first sign of cognition and language. Quite the opposite', 50 years after Stonewall: Yuval Noah Harari on the new threats to LGBT rights, Yuval Noah Harari: ‘The idea of free information is extremely dangerous’, Yuval Noah Harari extract: ‘Humans are a post-truth species’, Yuval Noah Harari: ‘Homo sapiens as we know them will disappear in a century or so’, made a related point in the New York Times in July. Yuval Noah Harari. Never mind his standard and repeated misuse of the saying "the exception proves the rule" (it means that exceptional or rare cases test and confirm the rule, because the rule turns out to apply even in those cases). I had just finished the book and I was dying to talk to her about it. AHNAF TAHMID ARNAB* Time, at least perceptible time, and matter as we know it, began about 13.72 billion years ago through an outward explosion from an ‘initial singularity’ which contained all of the mass and spacetime of the universe- otherwise called the ‘Big Bang’. By: Book Addict. Humankind has covered a long distance from the first sign of cognition and language. (Jared Diamond, author of Guns, Germs and Steel). Can its full sweep be conveyed in one fell swoop – 400 pages? Occasionally Harari makes it all too simple and sounds like a primary school teacher being cute. If we had an infallible "happyometer", and toured Orange County and the streets of Kolkata, it's not clear that we would get consistently higher readings in the first place than in the second. After that, more money changes little or nothing. “Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind” by Yuval Noah Harari. If you were unfortunate enough to catch me after a beer this past month, you probably know about the book I’ve been reading — Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari. Harari tells the story of mankind, of homo Sapiens as opposed to the other species of Homo who once roamed the earth, sometimes in limited ranges, but who now are ... Read full review. 19 September 2019. This doesn't, however, prevent Harari from suggesting that the lives lived by sapiens today may be worse overall than the lives they lived 15,000 years ago. The book is cleverly written and reads like a fascinating novel. More often than not it brought a worse diet, longer hours of work, greater risk of starvation, crowded living conditions, greatly increased susceptibility to disease, new forms of insecurity and uglier forms of hierarchy. It really is thrilling and breath-taking; it actually does question our basic narrative of the world. About 4.5 […] It takes ambition to describe the history of humanity in 416 pages. • To order Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind for £18.99 with free UK p&p call Guardian book service on 0330 333 6846 or go to guardianbookshop.co.uk. We may come to feel what Philip Larkin felt: "Beneath it all, desire of oblivion runs.". With rising homophobia and rapid developments in surveillance, a new era of persecution is all too possible. It takes broad brushstrokes to cover a vast canvas and, inevitably, some of the paintwork is a little rough. For the full ranking, see below. It didn’t disappoint. He gives a familiar illustration – our powerful desires for sugar and fat have led to the widespread availability of foods that are primary causes of unhealthiness and ugliness. “Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind” was an attempt to write a genetic, anthropological, cultural, social and epistemological history of humans over the last 100,000-odd years. He is sanguine about its eventual success. Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind is a book bound to appear on a large number of coffee tables and favorite lists, and be picked up even by those who normally would not find the time for reading. The agricultural revolution. He brings the picture up to date by drawing conclusions from mapping the … Book Review of Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind" A fun engaging book at early human history... you will have a hard time putting it down you will have a hard time putting it down Our insatiable curiosity about our origins has provoked a raft of different answers to that question. © 2020 Guardian News & Media Limited or its affiliated companies. It was a bad bargain: "the agricultural revolution was history's biggest fraud". LibraryThing Review User Review - Paul-the-well-read - LibraryThing. A Brief History of Humankind. Then came a long process of unifying mankind and colonising the Earth until, finally, the scientific revolution began about 500 years ago. But amortality isn't immortality, because it will always be possible for us to die by violence, and Harari is plausibly sceptical about how much good it will do us. Wow! Other readers will always be interested in your opinion of the books you've read. around 130 kya) but were not successful. To see how bad it is, it's enough to look at the wikipedia entry on Navarino. Lisez des commentaires honnêtes et non biaisés sur les produits de la part nos utilisateurs. Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind is a book by Yuval Noah Harari first published in Hebrew in Israel in 2011, and in English in 2014. Napoleon may have taken 165 scholars with him when he invaded Egypt but the scramble for Africa later in the century was more about machine guns, searchlights and metallurgy. LibraryThing Review User Review - Paul-the-well-read - LibraryThing. If Sapiens is at its best in the early chapters, when the scarcity of evidence gives full scope to Harari’s audacious imagination and gift for exposition, it remains consistently fresh and lively as it advances into the historical era, which it interprets in terms of three potentially universal orders – money, empire and religion. Why … Will the coronavirus pandemic return us to more traditional and accepting, attitudes towards dying – or reinforce our attempts to prolong life? Where do we come from? Editor's Note July 2, 2019: Checkout The Best History Book for a detailed review of all the top history … Home > Book Summary – Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind. His scope is impressive: for him, history, as in the study of Homo sapiens, begins around 70,000 years ago, when our species of the genus Homo overcame the … I was quickly impressed by this ambitious book, which aims to summarise the whole of human history. New Trade Paperback Ships in 1 to 3 days Qty Store; 28: Burnside: 9: Cedar Hills: 1: Hawthorne: 20: Local Warehouse: 20: Remote Warehouse: From Powells.com. Human beings (members of the genus Homo) have existed for about 2.4m years. In our analysis of 75 expert reviews, the Yuval Noah Harari Yuval Noah Harari Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind placed 1st when we looked at the top 10 products in the category. Now, we are talking about digital entities and we are living our lives with these digital entities. Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind has become an international phenomenon attracting a legion of fans from Bill Gates and Barack Obama to Chris Evans and Jarvis Cocker, and is published in over forty-five languages worldwide. … When Melinda and I went on our spring vacation, I encouraged her to pack a copy of Yuval Noah Harari’s Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind. This point about happiness is a persistent theme in Sapiens. Find all the books, read about the author, and more. This is wildly distorted – and Greece was not then free. Homo sapiens, our own wildly egregious species of great apes, has only existed for … We may grow weary of all things under the sun – even in heaven (see the last chapter of Julian Barnes's A History of the World in 10½ Chapters). It tells us of … Harari embeds many other momentous events, most notably the development of language: we become able to think sharply about abstract matters, cooperate in ever larger numbers, and, perhaps most crucially, gossip. Only Homo sapiens survived and thrived, transforming the face of the planet along the way. We tend to think of mankind as the unique and inevitable masters of this Universe. There are indicators of this in an elegiac passage on the destruction of the megafauna of Australasia and South America and a rapturous account of the life of Buddha, but it is only when he reaches the modern era that Harari brings his own views to the fore. Starting from the fact that British investors stood to lose money if the Greeks lost their war of independence, Harari moves fast: "the bond holders' interest was the national interest, so the British organised an international fleet that, in 1827, sank the main Ottoman flotilla in the battle of Navarino. First, the "cognitive" revolution: about 70,000 years ago, we start to behave in far more ingenious ways than before, for reasons that are still obscure, and we spread rapidly across the planet. Our insatiable curiosity about our origins has provoked a raft of different answers to that question. Découvrez des commentaires utiles de client et des classements de commentaires pour Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind sur Amazon.fr. So much so, sale hit 8 million copies by 2017 and translated into nearly 50 languages. Take his account of the battle of Navarino. Tackling evolutionary concepts from a historian’s perspective, Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind, describes human development through a framework of three not-necessarily-orthodox “Revolutions”: the Cognitive, the Agricultural, and the Scientific. What is more, current developments in biology may soon lead to the replacement of H sapiens by completely different beings, enjoying godlike qualities and abilities. Timeline of history -- Part 1. After centuries of subjugation, Greece was finally free." Not really; it's easier to write a brief history of time – all 14bn years – and Harari also spends many pages on our present and possible future rather than our past. Did our earliest ancestors live in promiscuous communes, as depicted in Christopher Ryan and Cacilda Jethá’s bestselling Sex at Dawn? How Humankind Conquered the World Long ago, there were more than half a dozen species of human. here do we come from? How Humankind Conquered the World Long ago, there were more than half a dozen species of human. He defers too much to current orthodoxies – the discussion of patriarchy resists the logic of its own arguments for fear of affronting feminists – and reflects current academic fashion by, for example, hugely overstating the role of science in European colonialism. It "does not deny the existence of God"; "all humanists worship humanity"; "a huge gulf is opening between the tenets of liberal humanism and the latest findings of the life sciences". The historian and author on adapting his phenomenal bestseller into graphic format, and why science needs storytellers, Humanity discovers flame-grilled food in these pages from the new graphic adapation of the historian’s bestselling book. Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind Yuval Noah Harari. This is silly. It domesticated us." The first of these – the cognitive revolution – was the real game-changer; a genetic mutation that altered the inner wiring of Homo sapiens, enabling them to think in unprecedented ways and to communicate in an altogether new type of language which could not only convey information but also create imagined worlds. Powell's Picks of the Month. Yuval Noah Harari (Author) 4.7 out of 5 stars 28,886 ratings. Read honest and unbiased product reviews from our users. Or in respectable monogamy, as argued in Lynn Saxon’s less successful Sex at Dusk? A Brief History of Humankind. Harari tells the story of mankind, of homo Sapiens as opposed to the other species of Homo who once roamed the earth, sometimes in limited ranges, but who now are ... Read full review. Certainly money can make a difference – but only when it lifts us out of poverty. This is an excellent book. It is still in progress and may yet finish us all off. Sapiens : a brief history of humankind / Yuval Noah Harari. Was the progress of humanity driven by kindness; or by warfare and aggression? It's a neat thought that "we did not domesticate wheat. … History, for Harari, is largely made up of accidents; and his real theme is the price that the planet and its other inhabitants have paid for humankind’s triumphant progress. Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind-Yuval Noah Harari. Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind Yuval Noah Harari. Harari suspects that the biotechnological revolution signals the end of sapiens: we will be replaced by bioengineered post-humans, "amortal" cyborgs, capable of living forever. A Brief History of Humankind. George Varghees. Find helpful customer reviews and review ratings for Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind at Amazon.com. It really is thrilling and breath-taking; it actually does question our basic narrative of the world. OTHER BOOKS. Prof. Yuval Noah Harari is a historian, philosopher, and the bestselling author of Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind, Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow, 21 Lessons for the 21st Century, and Sapiens: A Graphic History. The fact remains that the history of sapiens – Harari's name for us – is only a very small part of the history of humankind. Harari organises humankind around four different milestones. The criticism was confused, for although current inequalities of income are repellent, and harmful to all, the happiness research is well confirmed. Wow! That said, Sapiens is one of those rare books that lives up to the publisher’s blurb. Us. There is 1 customer review and 2 customer ratings. Today there is just one. Unfortunately, this enormous task is the book's own undoing. Click here to buy it for £18.99 with free UK p&p, Yuval Noah Harari’s account of how we conquered the Earth astonishes with its scope and imagination. His books have sold 27.5 Million copies in 60 languages, and he is considered one of the world’s most influential public intellectuals today. Sapiens. Now, we are talking about digital entities and we are living our lives with these digital entities. It is massively engaging and continuously interesting. Sapiens: A Brief History Of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari is one of the best books I’ve read. Even if we put all these points aside, there's no guarantee that amortality will bring greater happiness. Historical books tend to be available in volumes, with each discussing a few major developments or one noteworthy period. It is time to unite and act, Available for everyone, funded by readers. Homo sapiens. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sapiens:_A_Brief_History_of_Humankind The book’s surface is brilliantly clear, witty and erudite but its underlying message is dark. We use cookies and similar tools to enhance your shopping experience, to provide our services, understand how customers use our services so we can make improvements, and display ads. The unification of humankind. Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind - A Review @inproceedings{Lindebaum2015SapiensAB, title={Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind - A Review}, author={Dirk Lindebaum}, year={2015} } Dirk Lindebaum; Published 2015; Art; 100,000 years ago, at least six human species inhabited the earth. Judgement day: Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari covers the history of humanity in 416 pages. SAPIENS by Yuval Noah Harari is one of the most important books of the 21st century. Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind Hardcover – Illustrated, 10 February 2015 by Yuval Noah Harari (Author) › Visit Amazon's Yuval Noah Harari Page. 100,000 years ago, at least six human species inhabited the earth. One of the charms of Yuval Noah Harari’s Sapiens is that it avoids such simplistic explanations. Was the progress of humanity driven by kindness; or by warfare and aggression? See search results for this author. About 70,000 years ago, Homo sapiens underwent a “cognitive revolution,” Harari writes, which gave them the edge over their rivals to spread from East Africa across the planet. Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind -Yuval Noah Harari AHNAF TAHMID ARNAB* Time, at least perceptible time, and matter as we know it, began about 13.72 billion years ago through an outward explosion from an ‘initial singularity’ which contained all of the mass and spacetime of the universe- otherwise called the ‘Big Bang’. Sapiens is a thrilling account of humankind's extraordinary history - from the Stone Age to the Silicon Age - and our journey from insignificant apes to rulers of the world. Comment on this title; Synopses & Reviews; ISBN13: 9780062316110 ISBN10: 0062316117 All Product Details $24.99. ... Prof. Yuval Noah Harari is a historian, philosopher, and the bestselling author of Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind, Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow, 21 Lessons for the 21st Century, and Sapiens: A Graphic History. As amortals, we may become hysterically and disablingly cautious (Larry Niven develops the point nicely in his description of the "Puppeteers" in the Ringworld science fiction novels). Similarly, says Harari, it was by building pyramids – in the mind as much as on the ground; imagined orders and hierarchies – that humanity advanced. More By and About This Author. Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind talks about the way the society and people with different ideas and ideals emerge to form a community, and how they adapt to the environment yet change and grow from their experiences. All rights reserved. Still, Harari is probably right that "only a criminal buys a house … by handing over a suitcase of banknotes" – a point that acquires piquancy when one considers that about 35% of all purchases at the high end of the London housing market are currently being paid in cash. Was the invention of cooking the reason for man’s evolutionary success or was our facility for culture the key? There is the rise of religion and the slow overpowering of polytheisms by more or less toxic monotheisms. You will love it!". That said, Sapiens is one of those rare books that lives up to the publisher’s blurb. Liberal humanism, he says, "is a religion". From the outset, Harari seeks to establish the multifold forces that made Homo (‘man’) into Homo sapiens (‘wise man’) – exploring the impact of a large brain, tool use, complex social structures and more. Instead, it offers a bravura retelling of the human story seasoned with more personal reflections on man’s tenancy of the planet. Looks like some excellent examples of how humans live in denial & delusion in the fictional societies & beliefs of their own making. Includes bibliographical references. The book covers a mind-boggling 13.5 billion years of pre-history and history. So a book whose main title is Sapiens shouldn't be subtitled "A Brief History of Humankind". About 70,000 years ago, the cognitive revolution kickstarted our history, and about 12,000 years ago the agricultural revolution speeded it up. Harari hates "modern liberal culture", but his attack is a caricature and it boomerangs back at him. The kind of food, houses, and clothing they make and buy while revolving around the ideas of mental psyche and leadership. I love the book! Yuval Harari's international bestseller is a thrilling account of humankind's extraordinary history - from insignificant apes to rulers of the world 100,000 years ago, at least six human species inhabited the earth. ― Yuval Noah Harari, Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind. Much of Sapiens is extremely interesting, and it is often well expressed. Then there is the evolution of money and, more importantly, credit. There's a kind of vandalism in Harari's sweeping judgments, his recklessness about causal connections, his hyper-Procrustean stretchings and loppings of the data. 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