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Sapiens: a book club reading guide

A useful discussion guide for book clubs and reading groups talking about Yuval Noah Harari’s Sapiens.

Sapiens
Sapiens
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'Interesting and provocative... It gives you a sense of how briefly we've been on this Earth' Barack Obama

What makes us brilliant? What makes us deadly? What makes us Sapiens?

One of the world's preeminent historians and thinkers, Yuval Noah Harari challenges everything we know about being human.

Earth is 4.5 billion years old. In just a fraction of that time, one species among countless others has conquered it: us.

In this bold and provocative book, Yuval Noah Harari explores who we are, how we got here and where we're going.

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PRAISE FOR SAPIENS:

'Jaw-dropping from the first word to the last... It may be the best book I've ever read' Chris Evans

'Sweeps the cobwebs out of your brain... Radiates power and clarity' Sunday Times

'It altered how I view our species and our world' Guardian

'Startling... It changes the way you look at the world' Simon Mayo

'I would recommend Sapiens to anyone who's interested in the history and future of our species' Bill Gates

**ONE OF THE GUARDIAN'S 100 BEST BOOKS OF THE 21st CENTURY**
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QUESTIONS

Of all the human developments described in Sapiens, which one do you think was the most significant in the course of our history?

By what measures is homo sapiens the dominant species on planet earth?

Which was the most surprising fact or assertion that you came across while reading the book? Did you disagree with any of Harari’s arguments or interpretations?

Do you think that the major world religions are comparable to ‘shared mythologies’ such as nations, corporations and currency? When does a mythology become a reality?

Humankind has only been present for a minute fraction of planet earth’s existence – do you think that our civilization will retain its current position in centuries to come?

How can reading about history help us in the present day and the future?

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FURTHER READING

Homo Deus – Yuval Noah Harari
The Black Swan – Nassim Taleb
A Brief History of Time – Stephen Hawking
The God Delusion – Richard Dawkins
Guns, Germs and Steel – Jared Diamond
Outliers – Malcolm Gladwell
A Short History of Nearly Everything – Bill Bryson
Thinking, Fast and Slow – Daniel Kahneman

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