Sapiens - Yuval Noah Harari- great book

Aug 2019
Albuquerque, NM
Am currently reading Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind and its a really good book. One of the biggest themes in it is what allows humans to work together in large groups is believe in the imaginary. There are many things that are considered imaginary constructs represented in the book, such as religion, money, and hierarchies. Currently reading about caste system and race, and it really is relevant today. The insanity of humans really is on display, the caste system, how race and hierarchies are set up so the ruling class can remain in power. THis is what the white right wingers are so up in arms about now, they are fearing they are losing their power which is why they are acting the way they are.

On religion, it was also very interesting how polythiestic did not look to spread the world or prevent people from worshipping other gods. Wasn't until monotheism that people used force to spread their religion and the huge religious wars started.

There was a cool section on empires and their impact (both positive, but negative of basically wiping out cultures as they forced them to assimilate over generations). .

it's also interested how agriculture destroyed quality of life for people and lead to a lot of problems, or how humans beat out the other sapien species.

I highly recommend, great book. I kept bookmarking pages because there was some really good sections


Forum Staff
Oct 2010
Agriculture, growing grains in particular, made standing armies possible and war necessary.