Sapiens

Well I have had quite the break from blogging since I was on my Europe trip for a couple of weeks so I have to get back into it with what I finished reading and viewing before I left!  Trip was amazing by the way and best time of my life.

Sapiens a Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari was easily one of the better books I have across in my short time of getting into reading.  Sapiens discusses human kind from the very beginning and covers it through the lens of biology and how it has impacted our kind.

Sapiens gave me the feeling of almost being in a history class but one that actually kept my mind buzzing about what I had just read.  It discusses our species from the beginning as foragers and gathers to the time of the agricultural revolution and to the scientific revolution.  One of the quotes from the book that still really sticks out to me today as I write is “humans did not domesticate wheat, wheat domesticated humans.”  I could go on and on about quotes in this book because there are some things that he says will cause people to get upset, especially religious institutions but I love books that challenge all ideals.  As an example I want to include one comment from the book.  “Large numbers of strangers can cooperate successfully by believing in common myths. Any large-scale human cooperation – whether a modern state, a medieval church, an ancient city or an archaic tribe – is rooted in common myths that exist only in people’s collective imagination.”

This book is great about teaching you about our past, as well as, giving you the ability to challenge what Yuval writes and look it up yourself.  Even if you are not interested in history I believe this book does a great job of relating it to people of today.

Sapiens is a great read and I encourage everyone to take a stab at it.  I had tons of requests to read the book when I was finished so I know it is something people want to read.  Sapiens is receiving 8.7 cups of coffee

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