Book review, Sapiens A Brief History of Humankind

Could you remember the history classes from elementary and middle school? whereas a child you might wonder why to learn about events that occurred a long time before and they might seem irrelevant.

Personally, as an adult, I could remember only the discovery of America in detail 😅. I no longer studied history at university and as an adult surrounded by technology and science, this is already relevant.

So I gave the opportunity to the book Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind written by Yuval Noah Harari and read even by Barack Obama, Bill Gates, and Mark Zuckerberg.

Approaching history from a different perspective; what we were that led us to where we are and where we are going (a topic more discussed in the book Homo Deus). A great book 10/10, I could summarize it a lot as:

  • The cognitive revolution: Memories of our beginnings as humans hunter-gatherers and our other brothers (like Neanderthals). The beginning of imagined realities and animistic beliefs.

  • The agricultural revolution: Why is farming the history's biggest fraud and how did it later affect animals? The beginning of overcrowding, the food abundance, and concern for the future.

  • The unification of humankind: How do we achieve that millions of unknown homo sapiens live together and their repercussions? The beginning of the imagined orders; monetary, imperial, and religious

  • The scientific revolution: The repercussions of the lack of interest in learning. The science financing loop. The discovery of new energy sources. The beginning of credit, reinvestment and, the capitalist creed.

From the Hammurabi code, what is beyond polytheism, the romanticism, the definition of religion, syncretism, objective differences between men and women, the psychology of many animals, money and its dark side, the Gilgamesh project, biochemistry, Buddhism versus modern liberal culture, and much more historical data.

Finally a reflection on happiness as a modern homo sapiens 🤯.