Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind Paperback – 30 Apr 2015
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"I would recommend Sapiens to anyone who’s interested in the history and future of our species" (Bill Gates)
"Interesting and provocative… It gives you a sense of how briefly we’ve been on this Earth" (Barack Obama)
"Jaw dropping from the first word to the last… It may be the best book I’ve ever read" (Chris Evans)
"Tackles the biggest questions of history and the modern world… Written in unforgettably vivid language" (Jared Diamond)
"Startling... It changes the way you look at the world" (Simon Mayo)
"Sapiens is a starburst of a book, as enjoyable as it is stimulating" (Sunday Express)
"One of the best books I’ve read recently… Gives an excellent overview of how our species has developed" (Lily Cole)
"Sweeps the cobwebs out of your brain… Radiates power and clarity, making the world strange and new" (Sunday Times)
What makes us brilliant? What makes us deadly? What makes us Sapiens? This bestselling history of our species challenges everything we know about being human.See all Product description
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I cannot recommend this book enough. Please read it, please talk about it and please share it with your friends, family and older kids and I hope they share it with their children's children to come! :)
P.S. I had a humourous thought when reading the first chapters of the book as to how a white supremacist KKK member would react when he found out that Sapiens originated in Africa and Dinosaurs did not play football with us.
Most people who read this book will feel that they have come closer to understading homo sapiens and how we all belong to a single global nation of humanity.
Unfortunately, I also agree with people who say it is a bit superficial and not too accurate. I guess a book that covers so much cannot be not superficial, but sometimes it is annoying that conclusions are made of inaccurate 'facts'. Many of these have already been mentioned, so I would only like to point out one that I have not seen in the other reviews: the author many times states that shamans had obviously good imaginations, as they could imagine animal spirits and things that did not exist in the real world. He also says this was very important to build larger communities and shows how their brains were more developed than the brains of other human species. But shamans did not in fact imagine what they talked and painted about; they experienced them in non-ordinary states of consciousness (sometimes using hallucinogens, but usually just drums, etc.). All shamans, throughout history, on all continents described their spirit animals and other, 'non-existent' myths with very similar symbols, so in spite of the thousands of years and huge distances between them, they told very similar stories to each other. So based on this, they did not really need much imagination, as they did not invent anything they had not seen already.
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