Sapiens

A Brief History of Humankind

Yuval Noah Harari

This is my first book of Yuval, but I fell in love with his writing in a second. It is like an encyclopedia of 2.5 million years of mankind’s history. Well, it is all about history but his book standouts from conventional history books in a way that events and phenomenons are not merely listed; they are well explained and linked to us. I found some profound concepts such as legal fiction, inter-subjective, entrepreneur’s dilemma or singularity used to analyze hidden patterns of the human revolution. Sapiens offers constructive justifications for understanding the covert code of human and thinking about troubles we are encountering. Also, the book is in chronological order and includes subsections where Yuval goes into more details and decodes what you will find thrilling.

 

Bonus (I found this section very interesting): The Hammurabi’s Code, the documentation of the legal system of the Babylonian Empire defining what is justice and how the social order should function. Many laws written there sounds interesting to modern us. One is written: “If a superior man strikes a woman of superior class and thereby causes her to miscarry her fetus, he shall weigh and deliver ten shekels of silver for her fetus.” Many more will enlighten your understanding of the world.

Spring 2019

March 24, 2019, 3:00:00 PM

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