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Sapiens : a brief history of humankind / Yuval Noah Harari.

By: Harari, Yuval N.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: London : Vintage Books, 2011Description: x, 498 pages : illustrations, map ; 20 cm.Content type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 9780099590088 (pbk.) .Uniform titles: Ḳitsur toldot ha-enoshut. English. Subject(s): Civilization -- History | Human beings -- History | World history | Chronology, Historical | Technology and civilization -- History | SCIENCE / Life Sciences / Evolution | SCIENCE / Life Sciences / General | SCIENCE / GeneralDDC classification: 909 HAR Online resources: Table of contents
Contents:
pt. One The Cognitive Revolution 1. An Animal of No Significance 2.The Tree of Knowledge 3. A Day in the Life of Adam and Eve 4. The Flood pt. Two The Agricultural Revolution 5. History's Biggest Fraud 6. Building Pyramids 7. Memory Overload 8. There is No Justice in History pt. Three The Unification of Humankind 9. The Arrow of History 10. The Scent of Money 11. Imperial Visions 12. The Law of Religion 13. The Secret of Success pt. Four The Scientific Revolution 14. The Discovery of Ignorance 15. The Marriage of Science and Empire 16. The Capitalist Creed 17. The Wheels of Industry 18. A Permanent Revolution 19. And They Lived Happily Ever After 20. The End of Homo Sapiens.
Summary: "From a renowned historian comes a groundbreaking narrative of humanity's creation and evolution--a #1 international bestseller--that explores the ways in which biology and history have defined us and enhanced our understanding of what it means to be "human." One hundred thousand years ago, at least six different species of humans inhabited Earth. Yet today there is only one--homo sapiens. What happened to the others? And what may happen to us? Most books about the history of humanity pursue either a historical or a biological approach, but Dr. Yuval Noah Harari breaks the mold with this highly original book that begins about 70,000 years ago with the appearance of modern cognition. From examining the role evolving humans have played in the global ecosystem to charting the rise of empires, Sapiens integrates history and science to reconsider accepted narratives, connect past developments with contemporary concerns, and examine specific events within the context of larger ideas .Dr. Harari also compels us to look ahead, because over the last few decades humans have begun to bend laws of natural selection that have governed life for the past four billion years. We are acquiring the ability to design not only the world around us, but also ourselves. Where is this leading us, and what do we want to become? Featuring 27 photographs, 6 maps, and 25 illustrations/diagrams, this provocative and insightful work is sure to spark debate and is essential reading for aficionados of Jared Diamond, James Gleick, Matt Ridley, Robert Wright, and Sharon Moalem"--
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Includes bibliographical references and index.

pt. One The Cognitive Revolution
1. An Animal of No Significance
2.The Tree of Knowledge
3. A Day in the Life of Adam and Eve
4. The Flood
pt. Two The Agricultural Revolution
5. History's Biggest Fraud
6. Building Pyramids
7. Memory Overload
8. There is No Justice in History
pt. Three The Unification of Humankind
9. The Arrow of History
10. The Scent of Money
11. Imperial Visions
12. The Law of Religion
13. The Secret of Success
pt. Four The Scientific Revolution
14. The Discovery of Ignorance
15. The Marriage of Science and Empire
16. The Capitalist Creed
17. The Wheels of Industry
18. A Permanent Revolution
19. And They Lived Happily Ever After
20. The End of Homo Sapiens.

"From a renowned historian comes a groundbreaking narrative of humanity's creation and evolution--a #1 international bestseller--that explores the ways in which biology and history have defined us and enhanced our understanding of what it means to be "human." One hundred thousand years ago, at least six different species of humans inhabited Earth. Yet today there is only one--homo sapiens. What happened to the others? And what may happen to us? Most books about the history of humanity pursue either a historical or a biological approach, but Dr. Yuval Noah Harari breaks the mold with this highly original book that begins about 70,000 years ago with the appearance of modern cognition. From examining the role evolving humans have played in the global ecosystem to charting the rise of empires, Sapiens integrates history and science to reconsider accepted narratives, connect past developments with contemporary concerns, and examine specific events within the context of larger ideas .Dr. Harari also compels us to look ahead, because over the last few decades humans have begun to bend laws of natural selection that have governed life for the past four billion years. We are acquiring the ability to design not only the world around us, but also ourselves. Where is this leading us, and what do we want to become? Featuring 27 photographs, 6 maps, and 25 illustrations/diagrams, this provocative and insightful work is sure to spark debate and is essential reading for aficionados of Jared Diamond, James Gleick, Matt Ridley, Robert Wright, and Sharon Moalem"--

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