Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind
by Yuval Noah Harari
2015/ 414 pages
rating 5 (liked parts) anthropology
Really annoying. Can the “history of mankind” (starting with the big bang and continuing into the future) be told in 400 pages including a few illustrations? Harari certainly gives it his best shot in this sporadically organized work of over-generalization, cherry-picking, digressions, and skipping around.
There are places of interest but also too many really annoying parts. Overall, I’m impressed only by the ambition of this project.
The scope? The history of human-kind, homo sapiens, divided into sections which aren’t terribly neat and tidy.
The Cognitive Revolution – huh? Did this happen all at once? Did Sapiens go from rote memory to abstract analyzing, evaluating and creating in one massive jump? Harari seems to idealize the forager folks. But then on to the Agricultural Revolution when troubles started happening. >>>>MORE>>>>