From James' list on science vs. religion.
Harari weaves an engaging and intriguing story about where we came from. Unlike Bryson’s Western Hemisphere view, he provides a Middle Eastern perspective to these deep issues. Like Bryson, the arc of his volume addresses some of the biggest questions troubling humankind. So, two views of similar issues that we can compare and contrast—which stimulates our own thinking about those issues and how our own regionality might affect our thinking.
Why should I read it?
What is this book about?
100,000 years ago, at least six human species inhabited the earth. Today there is just one. Us. Homo sapiens. How did our species succeed in the battle for dominance? Why did our foraging ancestors come together to create cities and kingdoms? How did we come to believe in gods, nations and human rights; to trust money, books and laws; and to be enslaved by bureaucracy, timetables and consumerism? And what will our world be like in the millennia to come?
In Sapiens, Dr Yuval Noah Harari spans the whole of human history, from the very first humans to walk the…