From Animals into Gods: A Brief History of Humankind
One hundred thousand years ago, at least six different species of humans inhabited Earth. Yet today there is only one—h ...more
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Beautifully written and easy to read, this book just made me want to know more and more about how the author thinks the world evolved to what it is today. Revolution by revolution, religion by religion, conception by conception, things were simplified and yet still maintained valid points - and it was never boring.
The best thing about it was ...more
I think my main complaint is that he comes across as a little too sure of his own opinions, stating them as facts. Indeed he himself says that today's scientific culture is one of "ignorance", meaning we know there are things we don't know (just like Donald Rumsfeld), so how ca ...more
At the 16th Century, Peter Bruegel the Elder has painted his Landscape with the Fall of Icarus: a farmer works in the field, ships sail by – and at the bottom, at the corner, almost invisible, Icarus falls to the sea. The Icarus Myth is remembered for thousands of years; the farmer in the painting had lived and died in anonymity. Why, therefore, had Bruegel painted such a small and marginal Icarus and such a central farmer?
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It is amazing that such a young person could grasp the whole history of mankind, synthesize it and present it in such and interesting, coherent, fluent way.
A real pleasure to the mind.
It asks fundamental questions about our evolution as humans and offers counter intuitive, tangential viewpoints. It tests our thinking, provokes new trains of thought.
The book is highly readable and an immense provocation. It must be read, whether or not you are particularly interested in mankind, its history, its evolution or its future. I ...more
1) I will have an organized place to record them.
2) Should the reader find them info-taining, I'd be happy.
So here goes.. ...more
This book never stops in challenging my understanding of our place in the universe. What we believe in determines what we want to want. Sapiens are distinguished by ...more
As a single piece of work on the history of Homo Sapiens, ...more
الكتاب يشرح كيف كان الانسان كائن مهمش ليس له اثر يذكر علي الكوكب ثم تحول بعد ذلك الي الكائن المسيطر الذي يقرر مصير الطبيعة. لماذا قام اجدادنا بالتعاون معا وبناء المدن والحضارات؟. لماذا ينتشر العنف بشكل مروع في الجنس البشري بالمقارنة ببقية الانواع؟ لماذا نؤمن بالآلهة ومن اين اتت فكرة النقود وما هو القانون وماذا فعلت فينا الامبراطوريات؟ ما هي السعادة؟ كيف سيكون العالم بعد الف عام؟ هل سنكون هنا؟
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Wow. Mind-expanding stuff for non-academics. This is a wonderful take-a-step-back-and-see-the-big-picture look at humans, where we are, where we've been, where we're going.
If you're studying the history, politics, science of human beings, this might be nothing new. But if you're not, like me, you might find some dots get connected. I could see connections between concepts I'd not realised before, how the idea of money as a necessary tool developed and what that meant for us as a specie ...more
Myslím, že téměř každého už někdy napadlo, jak vlastně vypadal ten "pračlověk", kde žil, jak navazoval vzta ...more
I often felt that all those years of school studying history were spent remembering disjointed facts. This book integrates eras of history into a mean ...more
The author hooked me with his clear and direct writing of the first four paragraphs. Then, after prehistory, we move through the cognitive, agricultural and industrial revolutions. In the end, the author weighs the future of sapiens as we develop cyborgs, bionics and bioengineering. Will a species beyond sapiens evolve by our own hand?
Myths and fictions developed while ...more
I first heard about this book when it was broadcast as BBC Radio 4 Book of the Week in September. I was driving to pick up a prescription for my regular supply of anti-depressants from the surgery and was so captivated by the ideas about relative happiness that I sat in the car park for 20 minutes listening to the programme.
The part of the book being narrated was "and they all li ...more
Nos invita a reflexionar sobre muchas de las cosas que hoy en día damos por sentadas y no nos paramos a incidir en ellas, como la influencia que han tenido nuestros actos sobre la naturaleza u otras especies y a donde nos puede llevar todo esto.
Lo recomiendo a todo el mundo, hay mucho es ...more
"Byl člověk ve středověku šťastný, protože našel smysl života v kolektivní iluzi o posmrtném štěstí? Ano, a dokud mu jeho iluzi nikdo nebral, dobře to fungovalo. Z přísně vědeckého hlediska nemá život smysl. Homo Sapiens je produktem slepého evolučního procesu, který nemůže mít význam ani cíl. Naše činy nejsou součástí vesmírného Božího plánu, a kdyby Země zítra explodovala, vesmír by se vyvíjel stejně dál. Člověka by nikdo nepostrádal. Smysl ...more
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He originally specialized in medieval history and military history, completing his D.Phil. at the University of Oxford (Jesus College) in 2002, and publishing numerous books and articles, including Special Operations in the Age of Chivalry, 1100-1550; The Ultimate Experience: Battlefield Revelations an ...more