Book review:  Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari

*This Blog is a book review of Yuval Noah Harari’s book Sapiens

Rating out of 10:  9/10

Type: Anthropology

Genre: Anthropological

Released: 2015

Readability: At 464 pages this book is dense and slow to read. It contains a lot of information, timelines and use of scientific language. It also features some photographs, diagrams and maps.

Discussion: I thoroughly enjoyed this book and there is a reason it is popular amongst literature circles. Written by a renowned historian, Sapiens is a proposed timeline of humanity dictating what factors may have contributed to our success as a species and to our evolution into our modern anatomical form. Harari touches on the notions of human brain development, frontal lobe cortex, the throwing arm and other interesting characteristics which defined us as a species and may well have attributed to our success. But Harari also touches on ideas and notions which are not ‘mainstream’ in their acceptance, such as humanities ability to use creativity to envisage the future and strive towards it. And religion, a human concept used  to control society in a structured and organised way and without it we may not have been able to collectively organise such big groups of humans. A ‘shared purpose’ or ‘shared goal’. Harari’s beliefs on how humanity structured itself makes us question what we know about humanities progression through the elements of culture and environment.

This book really will leave the reader with lots to think about and its core elements stay with the reader for years to come.

Audience: This book is for a more mature audience readership.

Conclusion: highly recommend. Well worth a read and an insightful book that helps challenge establishes scientific norms which makes it both interesting and memorable.


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