Sapiens

Abstracted from Yuval Noah Harari’s book

Chronology

  • Cognitive Revolution
    • An Animal of No Significance
    • The Tree of Knowledge
      • 70,000 years ago
        • Cognitive Revolution
          • Sapiens developed new linguistic skills
            • subtlety of language
            • “gossip” theory enabled communication
              • speak about fictions
                • legends myths Gods and religion
            • unifying groups
              • Sapiens
                • About 150 is a manageable number in¬† a group
                • Once they have a common myth – they can cooperate and group can get to >150 enabling millions to co-operate and strive toward a common goal = “social constructs”
                • imagined reality
                  • religion
                  • states nationalism
                  • capitalism
                  • ¬†communism
                  • money
                  • human rights
                  • trade
                • Myths can change rapidly
                  • French revolution
                    • from divine right of kings to power of the people
                  • Communism
                  • Nazis
              • Chimpanzees groups usually about 20 – 50
                    • Once it gets > 100 – unstable – unmanageable
    • A Day in the Life of Adam and Eve
    • The Flood
  • Agricultural Revolution
    • History’s Biggest Fraud
    • Building Pyramids
    • Memory Overload
    • There is No Justice in History
  • The Unification of Humankind
    • The Arrow of History
    • The Scent of Money
    • Imperial Visions
    • The Law of Religion
    • The Secret of Success
  • 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