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Yuval Noah Harari’s 400-page history of mankind is a timely meditation on the nature of Homo sapiens’ fickle path: a history not made by great leaders, determinism, guns, germs or steel, but by unexpected nuances of existence. Harari concludes that Homo sapiens prevailed by happenstance, a capacity for language and socialization, curiosity, mercantile fervor and technological prowess – which may yet destroy everything. Harari’s perspective moves among the telescope, microscope and stethoscope, hailing the synchronicities of capitalism, religion and technology. He tracks happiness as a measuring stick of progress. Harari is uneasy about humanity as the intelligent designer of a new “superhuman” – a cyborgian, a machine whose inorganic longings may not include happiness. While always neutral on matters of personal belief, getAbstract recommends this roiling, off-the-beaten path tour de force to readers with patience and open minds, even those who might disagree along the way.

In this summary, you will learn

  • How each iteration of humankind’s development depended on an ever-changing system of abilities, myths and technological breakthroughs; and
  • How Homo sapiens, the product of evolution, became the “intelligent designer” of its descendants and of happiness.
 

About the Author

Oxford-educated historian Yuval Noah Harari teaches at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

 

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Landmarks punctuate human history, including these major transitions: the “Cognitive Revolution” beginning 70,000 years ago; the “Agricultural Revolution” of 12,000 years ago and the “Scientific Revolution” of 500 years ago. A fourth revolution is now unfolding, and it may ...

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    Mario Falisi 8 months ago
    This is the best short summary and analysis of Homo Sapiens I have seen.Thank you getabstract for explaining the author’s view of human history and development and a uncertain future ie Will we become cyborgs and live forever or destroy ourselfs because we can’t decide what we want or want to be.Happiness may not be enough! Mario Falisi
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    Mario Falisi 9 months ago
    You can get A summary of Sapiens with detailed analysis from Amazon for about 3 dollars .Then you should attempt to buy or borrow the 400 page from your online library .It comes in both audio and text version on Overdrive the app I use in the U S.This book is a part of a new genre called Big History.If you like a more positive version of Mankind you should look upDavid Christian who popularized Big History and introduced it to high schools with The help of Bill Gates.Good Luck to all of us Sapiens!
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    Yair Lior 1 year ago
    somewhat informative but I think these summaries should be more detailed and methodical
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    Dario Melpignano 2 years ago
    Why don't you have the rights to let me read the abstract in Italy while with Blinkist I can?
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      Arnhild Walz-Rasilier 2 years ago
      Thank you for your valid comment, Dario Melpignano. getAbstract as a rule only presents abstracts in territories approved by the rights holders.This so far unfortuntely didn't cover Italy and we have no indication that any other service received a respective license. getAbstract however contacted the rights holder again and as a rule aims to present all outstanding titles on a global scale.
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    Duncan Parkes 3 years ago
    Oops!
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    Michael Butler 3 years ago
    Disappointing that the summary for one of the most significant books of this year isn't available in the UK.
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    Al Cohen 3 years ago
    Interesting!