4 months ago
Life changing read - re-writing everything I thought I knew about the world & human species. Yuval 👌👌 Great first place to start, and then recommend reading everything else he ever writes ☺️
8 months ago
Except the religious part which I thought was based on personal opinion rather than concrete facts the book is phenomenal
9 months ago
Amazing book that gives a good and brief introduction to the long history of humanity. The most interesting are the factual writing and "fun facts" that are sprinkled throughout the whole book
10 months ago
Read it because so many people have and I think it has some really insightful things to say and is very interesting. I was blown away initially but his other books aren't as good and really brought home to me how there are 2 or 3 really insightful excellent ideas in here but the same ideas get brought in to many contexts over and over.
Læste den som en del af pensum på antropologi, og den er virkelig spændende og tankevækkende. Den kan klart anbefales - også som “fritidslæsning”!
Markus Marañon Straarup
1 year ago
A truly enlightening review of what makes us human, how strong and simultaneously weak our social constructs are, and what the future - may - hold. In short a reality check on our human reality.
Morten Veith Schroeder
2 years ago
This book is incredible, enlightening, very well-written but also frightening and disturbing. It takes it’s origin at the beginning of human kind, which puts our existence into a really interesting perspective. Just 70k years ago humans were a species minding their own business somewhere in Africa. Today we are gods of the earth threatening it’s entire existence!
It relies heavily on seemingly tiny historical events or societal phenomena to explain the future development of our world which I found really fascinating. E.g. why did European nations develop into super powers who ruled most of the world for centuries, when 500 years ago they were completely even with Asia? The author doesn’t always take a stand and does a great job of presenting competing theories!
The only critique I have - and hence the 9 - is that I find that he tries to explain too many things and spans across too much material. The concluding chapters on where human genetic research is taking us is extremely fascinating but feels like he could have written an entirely different book about that. Instead I felt a bit overwhelmed by all the information from Neanderthal history to future Cyborg world!
But highly recommended!
2 years ago
Great! Picks out very relevant events and concepts of our history and existence that paints a picture of humanity in a way I have never perceived us before. Poses interesting questions that made me think and wonder, and offers several opinions. I was left with so many questions and wish there were more answers.
Loved the book. Gets you thinking! Enjoyed that he outlined different theories without concluding stuff where he had no basis for doing it.
The booked was great to begin with, kept you engaged through the middle and the ended with some really thought provoking chapters in the end. So keep up until the bitter end. You will not regret it!
2 years ago
Dont know how the author could make such an exciting book anout a subject which seems so boring on the surface. A must read for people who enjoy learning while reading.
One of the best non fiction I've ever read.
Sometimes can be misleading in terms of facts but a great read and very eye opening regardless