"Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind" by Yuval Noah Harari - (NONFICTION)
Mike Ginn @mikeginn
Arte Hotel - Bangkok 10110
29 Soi 19, Sukhumvit Road
Tue, Aug 27, 2019 at 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
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Note: the book club meets following this one are "Bangkok Wakes to Rain" by Pitchaya Sudbanthad on 24th September, and "My Ex-Life: A Novel" by Stephen McCauley on 29th October • What we'll do Finish reading the book (or at least up to end of Part 2), then join us in person and share your insights over a meal and/or drink(s) at the ground floor restaurant of Arte Hotel in Sukhumvit Soi 19 close to Terminal 21 Mall. Approximately 464 pages. Available at Kinokuniya Bookstore (Paragon, Central World or Emquartier) for 419 baht. As a kindle ebook on amazon.com it costs $14.99 US dollars. Alternatively, you may go for the audiobook version on audible.com. Synopsis Seventy thousand years ago, there were at least six different human species on earth. They were insignificant animals, whose ecological impact was less than that of fireflies or jellyfish. Today, there is only one human species left: Us. Homo sapiens. But we rule this planet. Sapiens, the book, takes us on a breath-taking ride through our entire human history, from its evolutionary roots to the age of capitalism and genetic engineering, to uncover why we are the way we are. Sapiens focuses on key processes that shaped humankind and the world around it, such as the advent of agriculture, the creation of money, the spread of religion and the rise of the nation state. Unlike other books of its kind, Sapiens takes a multi-disciplinary approach that bridges the gaps between history, biology, philosophy and economics in a way never done before. Furthermore, taking both the macro and the micro view, Sapiens conveys not only what happened and why, but also how it felt for individuals. Table of Contents: Timeline of history Part 1: The cognitive revolution. An animal of no significance ; The tree of knowledge ; A day in the life of Adam and Eve ; The flood Part 2: The agricultural revolution. History's biggest fraud ; Building pyramids ; Memory overload ; There is no justice in history Part 3: The unification of humankind. The arrow of history ; The scent of money ; Imperial visions ; The law of religion ; The secret of success Part 4: The scientific revolution. The discovery of ignorance ; The marriage of science and empire ; The capitalist creed ; The wheels of industry ; A permanent revolution ; And they lived happily ever after ; The end of Homo sapiens Afterword: The animal that became a god. • Important to know No entrance fee, no membership fees. As the use of hotel restaurant facilities is free, the ordering of meals and/or a drink or two is very much appreciated.