Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari Notes from David Hennessey

SAPIENS by Yuval Noah Harari is one of the most impactful books I have read in recent years.

This book is different.

It makes me think about how we view our world and how we view ourselves as humankind and not always in the nicest way possible.

It points out errors we have made as humans, errors that are vital for us to understand as we work on our personal and professional development, ideas that if neglected can send us down the wrong path in our lives.

In essence, this book offers an understanding that is vital to how we process our actions now and into the future.

A few points that make this book really interesting to explore:

  • How we as humans create stories to inspire us and how these stories can be very misleading. There is no way I can do justice to the authors explanation of ideas in this post, all is to say that there are cultural ideas and myths we carry around in our minds that are like a virus and damage our human development.
  • Why humans took over the world and it is nothing got to do with our intelligence. The author explains that as humans we have a elevated capacity to work together in large social groups unlike the animals that live on our planet with us. Sometimes this has been used in a very beneficial and sometimes very destructive way.
  • History’s biggest Fraud (a title of one of the chapters) What really happened to us as humans once we started to stay in one area.

If you have not read this book I highly recommend you read Sapiens and have your friends and family read it too.

I am sharing my copy (see it in the photo above) with friends and family who want to read it.

Don’t believe me go read review here on Amazon and decide for yourself.

I am also waiting for my copy of Harari’s Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow published, I believe, only a month ago



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