By Lucas Ohara
It was a non stop reading! Congratulations to the concise and precise way of teaching world history.
Interesting and provocative book
Sapiens does a good job of retelling our past. The information on our history as hunter gatherers, the agricultural revolution and Industrial Age was interesting even though some of the authors conclusions might not be met with agreement. The approximations about the future of Homo sapiens is a tad unbelievable but intriguing nonetheless.
By Quiverlotus Hissef
One cannot help but be impressed with the prodigious scholarship which went into this work.
As readers we are not only inspired, we are actually uplifted by the consuming of the thoughts presented in "Sapiens".
This is a great book
Scio quod nescio, if I remember the latin correctly (it's been a while since highschool, sorry), this simple statement, made a similar, lasting impression on me when I first read it like Sapiens by Harari just did. The intellectual step back, the deep breath, the wider picture implied here: That we don't know everything, in fact very little, and should often question the dogmas we are mistaking for knowledge. Humbling and refreshing at the same time. This is an author who "thinks with his own head", and how often, honestly, do we encounter this habit while reading? Sometimes. But not all that often. This is a great book.
Sapiens - a Review
By Stop the Rats
This book begins as somewhat of a summary or rehashing of previously published books such as Jared Diamond's work. However, it does present creative new perspectives and original points. However, it runs out of gas about half way through and sort of fell apart.
Mind boggling with extremely scientific and historical facts
This is the 'must' textbook of all intellectual minds has deep concerns of humanities in current & future of surroundings
To admit ignorance is the beginning of wisdom, so said the Rabbis of.old. In this hugely interesting and thoughtful book, that concept is given a fresh context very rewarding to those willing to consider the questions posed and the challenges uttered to conventional thinking.
I am deeply grateful to have lived long enough to read this book.
By Best Dad Ever :)
Thoroughly enjoyed the book. Mostly well researched and logical conclusions. Thought provoking and asks the reader good questions to consider.
Given the scientific approach and logical nature of the book, I was surprised with the casual dismissal of God and Christianity in particular as myths.
While in agreement with his contention of the sociological benefits of religion on society, his faith that there isn't a God is quite surprising given the fact that faith is why he calls religion a myth. He provides no prove that his faith in his own faculties are greater than the faith of others in God. You have to have enormous "faith" in your own cognitive ability to believe that.
We should continue our scientific advancements and celebrate them. I believe God loves for us to maximize our potential. Ethical regulation will be required at points just as some regulation is required of capitalism. In both instances, less regulation is the side to err on.
The book asks what we 'want'. In the end, I believe we are best served both in this world and next in by wanting to be closer to God. He made us in his image and we continue to 'approach' Him with our abilities.
It's an exciting time we're in where the human condition, as Mr. Harari points out, is starting to improve across humanity. It's also great to see an increasing awareness of our need to improve our environment and animal rights.
Thank you sir for a thought provoking book. Thanks Mr. Gates for recommending it.
One of the author"s early points about the idilic life of hunter gatherers versus agrarians is poorly argued. It's layer of subjective anecdotes layered on top of one another instead of a reasoned argument. This is disappointing. I was hoping for a book in the tradition of "Guns, Germs, and Steel". Better editing and tighter logic could have made this a better book. Too bad.
This is a book every member of the human race should read.