Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind (book review)

‘Sapiens’ really speaks out about what it means to be human and how different our evolution has been from that of anything else. How did we end up like this? And why are we so successful? Yuval Noah Harari covers some of the answers to these questions and more in his book ‘Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind.’ It will make you think below the surface of humanity until your perception of the world has changed. As Harari talks about our history, why we evolved the way we did and how human society is unique, you will begin to see how interconnected our evolution actually is. On a personal level we are no better than many other creatures but when you put us together we can control the world. Why? It is because we can cooperate in large numbers very flexibly, unlike anything else. Ants can work together in colonies of vast numbers, yet they have a rigid social structure that has not and will never be broken. Wolves can cooperate flexibly but only amongst those of their pack, which are few in number. And humans…we are different.