Sapiens – A Brief History of Humankind

Sapiens - A Brief History of HumankindHere you are on the page I’ve been writing while reading the book that I will introduce now, and have just finished it finally. ?

Firstly, the book had written by Yuval Noah Harari in 2011, so it has been a long time to discover it. I heard about it when it became popular in my country and I was like “I need to read this”. I understood that I was right. I have just realised that the reason of choking up while telling my ideas on these particular topics was the lack of knowledge.

“Consistency is the playground of dull minds.”

Yuval has created a book about cultural, psychological, religious, social, political edges of the humanity since about the primates till the modern human that lives in these years, with his thinking perspective and metaphors of course. The writer had decided to create four main topics for spreading his knowledge.

In the part called The Cognitive Revolution, the writer tells about changing and evolving mind of humankind and its abstract acceptances, benefits and usefulness of them with successful examples and portrayals.

“We did not domesticate wheat. It domesticated us.”


In the part called The Agricultural Revolution, the writer tells about nutrition order of humankind, humankind’s awareness about it, nutrition’s effects on humankind’s health and life scheme in the ages that humans were starting to make groups and being more socialised. Also, the writer mentions that humanity learned to talk with nature, space and tried to predict natural occasions for the health of their crop. There are few inferences about the effects of evolution on humankind about the food being good or harmful.

“History is something that very few people have been doing while everyone else was ploughing fields and carrying water buckets.”

In the part called The Unification of Humankind, I think you more or less understood what the writer is about to say. ? There are definitions, theories and examples about the concepts like money, religion and imperial visions in this part. I enjoyed the part about the evolution of currencies and methods humans had used since the start of trading. Also, I like the examples and definitions about the evolution of religion culture, too. There are some good parts like Problem of Order & Problem of Order and religion’s evolution to answer these two particular problems.

In the part called The Scientific Revolution, the writer talks about humankind’s improving in near history. He criticised about the production techniques, trade methods, economic models and their effects on our lives, the role of ideologies and religions in our culture.

I see the book as a success, at some parts you may feel distracted of bored but you learn so many things. If you have some basic knowledge about this topic you won’t get much info on the scientific basis, but the book gives much vision on culture and history.

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