Sapiens Book Summary (PDF) by Yuval Noah Harari

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Why This Book Matters:

Written by the acclaimed Israeli historian Prof. Yuval Noah Harari, Sapiens traces the roots of our evolution from our ancient-most ancestors to the 21st century. It also explores the reasons that made us the most dominant species of this planet.

The Big Takeaways:

  1. Although not the first in line, Homo Sapiens still managed to rule the Earth above all others.
    1. If Despite having so much in common with other human species earlier, Homo Sapiens managed to evolve better and outran all other human species.
  2. Homo Sapiens were the first to witness the Cognitive Revolution 70,000 years ago.
    1. The survival of Homo Sapiens after all other species is due to better cognitive thinking, communication, and inventiveness.
  3. The Agricultural Revolution, around 12,000 years ago, was the second milestone for Sapiens.
    1. Our ancestors abandoned nomadic life in preference for a settled one via agriculture. This led to the dawn of civilized life.
  4. Language is another great asset that Homo Sapiens learned to master.
    1. Our ancestors developed to communicate with each other much more efficiently than any other species. This gave them a unique edge and better chances of adaptation.
  5. The coming of the Scientific Revolution was a realization of humans’ dependence on predetermined fate.
    1. The Scientific Revolution eventually led humans to the modern era, and for the first time in their history, humans gained control of their fate.

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