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James Donaldson’s Book Review – Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari


I found this book, Sapiens to be truly fascinating, full of introspective thinking that caused me to think a lot about the origins of the human species, Homo sapiens. The book points out over history, that at least six human species inhabited the earth, and then goes about to try to explain how we, Homo sapiens, outlasted and out survived them all, even, sometimes, interbreeding at some point with especially the Neanderthals before they went extinct.

I like these kind of books, because are not overly scientific, and overly heavy on details, but they tell a story and a great narrative that is easy to follow, and easy to visualize.

I studied sociology when I was back at the University, with of course, a lot of courses pertaining to human behavior, and early human history. So I’ve always been fascinated by this kind of thing, and of course, scientists are always uncovering new aspects and new theories, but that’s the nature of science, as we continue to uncover lost civilizations, and lost settlements and encampments were humans once lived.

This book also goes into why we “behave the way we behave” and a lot of that is due to nature and nurture, our survival instincts, and as our brains developed along the way, we were able to start to envision a “higher being”, and started to develop religions, philosophies, morals and values as well.

A great book, you’ll really enjoy this one.

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