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Sunday, April 10, 2016

Yuval Noah Harari

Yuval Noah Harari
(source: Riot Communications)
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History began when humans invented gods and will end when humans become gods. So starts his web site. Well, this guy has the appetite for constructing shocking sentences (to put it mildly). And anyway, if we want to talk about scientists who know how to sell their ideas, seemingly he is a case in point. I bought today his Brief History of Humankind (Sapiens): about five hundred pages and it cannot be left from hand, presumably up to the last page. I stopped just to write a few lines about the author here, then I go back to the book. I'm reading it with passion, also with some uneasiness: I generally agree with his views, or at least I think they deserve full consideration, it's something else that I dislike there. I know it sounds strange what I'm saying, because this is a book that takes the whole history of humankind (prehistory included - he likes better another term for prehistory - but let's not digress now). But this book gives somehow a feel of pro-domo. Maybe this video below will give you a better idea of his way of presenting ideas:

And you should read also this article from Guardian:

(A Life in Books)

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