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Sapiens: a brief history of humankind

By: Harari, Yuval Noah.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: London Harvill Secker 2014Description: 443 p. Includes bibliographical references and index.ISBN: 9781846558245.Subject(s): Civilization - History | Human beings - History | Anthropology | World history | Technology and civilization | Cognition and culture | Cognitive revolution | Agricultural revolution | Scientific revolution | Industrial revolution | Homo Sapiens | Human species | Religion | EmpiresDDC classification: 909 Summary: 100,000 years ago, at least six human species inhabited the earth. Today there is just one. Us. Homo sapiens. How did our species succeed in the battle for dominance? Why did our foraging ancestors come together to create cities and kingdoms? How did we come to believe in gods, nations and human rights; to trust money, books and laws; and to be enslaved by bureaucracy, timetables and consumerism? And what will our world be like in the millennia to come? In Sapiens, Dr Yuval Noah Harari spans the whole of human history, from the very first humans to walk the earth to the radical – and sometimes devastating – breakthroughs of the Cognitive, Agricultural and Scientific Revolutions. Drawing on insights from biology, anthropology, palaeontology and economics, he explores how the currents of history have shaped our human societies, the animals and plants around us, and even our personalities. Have we become happier as history has unfolded? Can we ever free our behaviour from the heritage of our ancestors? And what, if anything, can we do to influence the course of the centuries to come? Bold, wide-ranging and provocative, Sapiens challenges everything we thought we knew about being human: our thoughts, our actions, our power ... and our future. http://www.vintage-books.co.uk/books/1846558239/yuval-noah-harari/sapiens-a-brief-history-of-humankind/
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Table of Content

Timeline of History
Part One The Cognitive Revolution
An Animal of No Significance
The Tree of Knowledge
A Day in the Life of Adam and
The Flood
Part Two The Agricultural Revolution
History's Biggest Fraud
The Law of Religion
The Secret of Success
Part Four The Scientific Revolution
The Discovery of Ignorance
The Marriage of Science and Empire
The Capitalist Creed 17 The Wheels of Industry
18 A Permanent Revolution
And They Lived Happily Ever After
Building Pyramids
Memory Overload
There Is No Justice in History
Part Three The Unification of Humankind
The Arrow of History
The Scent of Money
Imperial Visions
The End of Homo Sapiens
The Animal that Became a
Notes
Acknowledgments
Image Credits
Index

100,000 years ago, at least six human species inhabited the earth. Today there is just one. Us. Homo sapiens. How did our species succeed in the battle for dominance? Why did our foraging ancestors come together to create cities and kingdoms? How did we come to believe in gods, nations and human rights; to trust money, books and laws; and to be enslaved by bureaucracy, timetables and consumerism? And what will our world be like in the millennia to come?
In Sapiens, Dr Yuval Noah Harari spans the whole of human history, from the very first humans to walk the earth to the radical – and sometimes devastating – breakthroughs of the Cognitive, Agricultural and Scientific Revolutions. Drawing on insights from biology, anthropology, palaeontology and economics, he explores how the currents of history have shaped our human societies, the animals and plants around us, and even our personalities. Have we become happier as history has unfolded? Can we ever free our behaviour from the heritage of our ancestors? And what, if anything, can we do to influence the course of the centuries to come?
Bold, wide-ranging and provocative, Sapiens challenges everything we thought we knew about being human: our thoughts, our actions, our power ... and our future.

http://www.vintage-books.co.uk/books/1846558239/yuval-noah-harari/sapiens-a-brief-history-of-humankind/

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