A Brief History of Humankind Sapiens
Yuval Noah Harari

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Chapter 1

In this topic, Prof. Harari uses the Big Bang theory.  According to him, approximately 13.5 billion years ago, space, time energy and matter began...

Chapter 2

In this chapter, the focus is on the differences in knowledge or brains between other human species. The East Africa had many sapiens, which pushed...

Chapter 3

According to Prof. Harari, to understand nature, psychology and history of humans, it is important to look into it from the perspective of their hu...

Chapter 4

According to Harari, (59) the sea barrier prevented not just humans but also many other Afro-Asian animals and pla...

Chapter 5

In a nutshell, the chapter indicates that 2.5 million years ago, humans gathered plants and hunted animals to feed themselves. According to the cha...

Chapter 6

The previous chapter discussed the beginning of agricultural revolution, which some opinion leaders set the world to absolute ruin. When agricultur...

Chapter 7

The chapter generally looks into the memory system of human beings. The memory of the Homo sapiens stores a lot of information, and thus the sapien...

Chapter 8

In this chapter, Prof. Harari is investigating how mankind organized themselves in what he describes as “mass-cooperation networks.”  Accordin...

Chapter 9

In the post-agricultural revolution period, the human societies became more complex. Also, these societies became larger and the imagined order bec...

Chapter 10

Generally, the chapter discusses the history of currency. Trade was happening and it was barter trade, but later gold and silver were introduced. A...

Chapter 11

In his argument, Prof. Harari believes that there is no justice in history. It is from that belief that the imperial visions were pursued by some e...

Chapter 12

The chapter discusses religion and believes that religions like Islam had their sacred places such as Mecca. In the past religion seemed to unite p...

Chapter 13

The chapter claims that the universal religion, empires and commerce brought the world together and that is why today the world is global. The cult...

Chapter 14

The chapter simply discusses that the human beings had made numerous inventions and innovations. But, there was 99.99 percent ignorance about organ...

Chapter 15

In a nutshell, this chapter looks into how super nation countries used science to stamp their control on the earth. The astronomers took an initiat...

Chapter 16

The chapter in a nutshell discusses capitalism and notes that the adoption of money was believed to facilitate constructions of buildings and empir...

Chapter 17

In summary, the chapter wholesomely discusses the rise of industries. In the previous chapter, business people were making money from their busines...

Chapter 18

The previous chapter describes how the industrial revolution began. Chapter 17, indicates that people started using energy and raw materials to pro...

Chapter 19

This chapter is debatable in the sense that it raises the question whether people are happy and contented due to agricultural, scientific and indus...

Chapter 20

The chapter generally asserts that sapiens are subject to natural selection processes, chemical reactions and physical forces like other organisms....

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