Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind

Yuval Noah Harari

Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind

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Is human evolution speeding up or slowing down? - Laurence Hurst

Why we love this book:

In his brief history of humankind, Yuval Noah Harari tells the tale of the evolution of us - the homo sapiens. Throughout this entertaining read, Harari attempts to uncover where we came from, and by extension, who we are now. The book tells a scary, yet incredibly interesting story of our ancestors; how we spread around the globe as a result of the cognitive revolution, how the agricultural revolution fast tracked our development, and how the scientific Revolution might bring our story to a tragic end. Through these revolutions Harari questions - how have language, religion, agriculture and science shaped humanity? What were the key moments that led us to where we are today? And what key decisions are facing us now?

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Gerta Xhelo, TED-Ed Team

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