SYNOPSIS

FIRE gave us power
FARMING made us hungry for more
MONEY gave us purpose
SCIENCE made us deadly

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

We are the most advanced and most destructive animals ever to have lived. What makes us brilliant? What makes us deadly? What makes us sapiens?

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.

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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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