Sapiens, A Brief History Of Humankind * The Book * Related Quotes, Humour, Music and Then Some...

Sapiens, a Brief History of Humankind, is a treasure trove of insights on how the human condition manifests over time and circumstance.

For those who seek cogent research and commentary on the impact of biology, environmental realities, evolving human cultures including social/political/economic considerations and more, this is a must read/study/discuss book.

Here are some details regarding the author:

Yuval Noah Harari
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Yuval Noah Harari (Hebrew: יובל נח הררי‎; born 24 February 1976) is an Israeli historian and a tenured professor in the Department of History at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.[1] He is the author of the international bestsellers Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind (2014) and Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow (2015). His writings examine concepts of free will, consciousness and definitions of intelligence.
Harari's early publications are concerned with what he describes as the "cognitive revolution" occurring roughly 50,000 years ago, when homo sapiens supplanted the rival Neanderthals, mastered cognitive linguistics, developed structured societies, and ascended as apex predators, aided by the agricultural revolution and more recently accelerated by scientific methodology and rationale which have allowed humans to approach near mastery over their environment.
His recent books are more cautionary, and work through the consequences of a futuristic biotechnological world where sentient biological organisms are surpassed by their own creations; he has said "Homo sapiens as we know them will disappear in a century or so".[2][3]

Homo sapiens interests

Harari is interested in how Homo sapiens reached their current condition, and in their future. His research focuses on macro-historical questions such as: What is the relation between history and biology? What is the essential difference between Homo sapiens and other animals? Is there justice in history? Does history have a direction? Did people become happier as history unfolded?
Harari regards dissatisfaction as the "deep root" of human reality, and as related to evolution.[20]
In a 2017 article Harari has argued that through continuing technological progress and advances in the field of artificial intelligence "by 2050 a new class of people might emerge – the useless class. People who are not just unemployed, but unemployable."[21] He put forward the case that dealing with this new social class economically, socially and politically will be a central challenge for humanity in the coming decades.[22]

Animal welfare

Harari has commented on the plight of animals, particularly domesticated animals since the agricultural revolution, and is a vegan.[5] In a 2015 Guardian article under the title "Industrial farming is one of the worst crimes in history" he called "[t]he fate of industrially farmed animals (...) one of the most pressing ethical questions of our time."[23]

See Wikipedia site for footnote details and further notes regarding his career, personal life, other writings...

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Here below are excerpts from Sapiens the book intended to whet the appetite for further reading.

"Sapiens" Quotes:

All quotes courtesy of the book: "Sapiens, a Brief History of Humankind" by Yuval Noah Harari, copyright 2014

1.
"About 13.5 billion years ago, matter, energy, time and space came into being in what is known as the Big Bang. The story of these fundamental features of our universe is called physics.
About 300,000 years after their appearance, matter and energy started to coalesce into complex structures, called atoms, which then combined into molecules. The story of atoms, molecules and their interactions is called chemistry.
About 3.8 billion years ago, on a planet called Earth, certain molecules combined to form particularly large and intricate structures called organisms. The history of organisms is called biology.
About 70,000 years ago, organisms belonging to the specie Homo Sapiens started to form even more elaborate structures called cultures. The subsequent development of these human cultures is called history.
Three important revolutions shaped the course of history: the Cognitive Revolution kick-started history about 70,000 years ago. The Agricultural Revolution sped it up about 12,000 years ago. The Scientific Revolution, which got under way only 500 years ago, may well end history and start something completely different. This book tells the story of how these three revolutions have effected humans and their fellow organisms."
From Part One, The Cognitive Revolution
1 An Animal of No Significance, page 4

2.
"Here and there a Luddite hold out refuses to open an e-mail account, just as thousands of years ago some human bands refused to take up farming and so escaped the luxury trap. But the Agricultural Revolution did not need every band in a given region to join up. It only took one. Once one band settled down and started tilling, whether in the Middle East or Central America, agriculture was irresistible. Since farming created the conditions for swift demographic growth, farmers could usually overcome foragers by sheer weight of numbers. The foragers could either run away, abandoning their hunting grounds to field and pasture, or take up the ploughshare themselves. Either way, the old life was doomed."
From Part Two, The Agricultural Revolution
5 History's Biggest Fraud, page 88

3.
"No matter what you call it - game theory, post modernism or memetics - the dynamics of history are not directed towards enhancing human well-being. There is no basis for thinking that the most successful cultures in history are necessarily the best ones for Homo Sapiens. Like evolution, history disregards the happiness of individual organisms. And individual humans, for their part, are usually far too ignorant and weak to influence the course of history to their own advantage."
From Part Three, The Unification of Humankind
13 The Secret of Success, page 243-4

4.
"The only thing we can try to do is to influence the direction scientists are taking. Since we might soon be able to engineer our desires too, perhaps the real question facing us is not 'What do we want to become?', but 'What do we want to want?' Those who are not spooked by this question probably haven't given it enough thought."
From Part Four, The Scientific Revolution
20 The End of Homo Sapiens, page 414

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Sapien Humour:

Human Zoo Prank

Just For Laughs Gags
Published on May 16, 2011

Evil little kid cages human beings, by tricking them into picking up his soccer ball. He puts them on display in a zoo as the Homo Sapiens Sapiens. Then some Asian tourists show up and take photos, not understanding that the people are actually trapped. Things get even weirder when vacationing gorillas show up to have a look at this wonderful human being exhibit in it's natural habitat.

GYM WILDLIFE

Buff Dudes
Published on Dec 28, 2015

The Gym. Millions of homo sapiens frequent this urban wilderness. Today we will take a look into this strange place and show you the gym like you've never seen it before.

CAUTION: Below entry is red neck humour that some may find distasteful.

Archie Bunker's Take on Revenge, Vigilantes and Homo Sapiens

MrBubby51
Published on Feb 27, 2014

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Thematic Music:

Laurie Anderson - O Superman [Official Music Video]

Nonesuch Records
Published on May 20, 2016

Category: Music
License: Standard YouTube License

Rag'n'Bone Man - Human (Official Video)

RagnBoneManVEVO
Published on Jul 21, 2016

Category: Music
License: Standard YouTube License

Marc Bolan & T.Rex Perform 'Children Of The Revolution' From Born To Boogie

DemonMusicGroup
Published on Jun 1, 2016

In the Apple Studios section of the “Born To Boogie” film, Marc Bolan and T. Rex are joined by Ringo Starr on drums and Elton John on piano. Together they perform exclusive versions of the then-unreleased song “Children Of The Revolution”.

Born To Boogie is Available in multiple formats.

Category: Music
License: Standard YouTube License

Sade - Why can't we live Together ? - Montreux Jazz Festival ( 1984 )

Fanifredo
Published on Mar 17, 2011

Category: Music
License: Standard YouTube License

Roberta Flack - First Time Ever I Saw Your Face 1972

fritz51355
Published on Jul 2, 2010

Category: Music
License: Standard YouTube License

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As a reminder of our biological heritage, here's an animated depiction of the morphing image of the human face.

Human face evolution in the last 6 million years

News Satellite
Published on Oct 30, 2015

A depiction that human face has undergone significant evolution within the last 6 million years.

Category : News & Politics
License : Standard YouTube License
Created using : YouTube Video Editor

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On Social Distancing:

Time jump to a not too distant future and consider the following -

A family of sentient biological organisms just moved in next door. Would you:

Put your house up for sale.
Meet and greet.
Invite them over for supper.
Let them stay overnight when their house is damaged by fire.
Let your children stay with them while you're on a weekend get away.
Be God parents to their next child.
Caution your daughter on dating their son.
Adopt one of their children when both parents are killed (or is it destroyed?) in a plane crash.

Discuss, all things considered, including whether sentient biological organisms would be harbingers of a Utopian or Dystopian epoch...

Definitions:

har·bin·ger
ˈhärbənjər/
noun
noun: harbinger; plural noun: harbingers
a person or thing that announces or signals the approach of another.
"witch hazels are the harbingers of spring"
synonyms:
herald, sign, indication, signal, portent, omen, augury, forewarning, presage; More
forerunner, precursor, messenger;
literaryforetoken
"I long to see the robins, crocuses, and other harbingers of spring"
a forerunner of something.
"these works were not yet opera, but they were the most important harbinger of opera"

ep·och
ˈepək/
noun
noun: epoch; plural noun: epochs
a period of time in history or a person's life, typically one marked by notable events or particular characteristics.
"the Victorian epoch"
synonyms:
era, age, period, time, span, stage; eon
"England's Tudor epoch"
the beginning of a distinctive period in the history of someone or something.
"welfare reform was an epoch in the history of U.S. social policy"
synonyms:
era, age, period, time, span, stage; eon
"England's Tudor epoch"
Geology
a division of time that is a subdivision of a period and is itself subdivided into ages, corresponding to a series in chronostratigraphy.
"the Pliocene epoch"
synonyms:
era, age, period, time, span, stage; eon
"England's Tudor epoch"
Astronomy...

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NOTE: March 15 was a religious holiday during the Roman Empire, with the actual date based on the Gregorian calendar. Last year, 2017, this year and next, The Ides Of March falls on March 15.

History of The Ides of March

The Ides Of March refers to how the Romans kept track of the days in a month, which is quite different from how we do it. While we count the days sequentially from the first day all the way to the last day, the Romans used a different system. They counted backward from three fixed points of the month. For instance, the Nones usually fell on the 7th, the Ides on the 15th and the Kalends was the beginning of the month.

This day was also considered a day that was sacred to the deity Jupiter and the Romans would sacrifice a sheep to Jupiter. The Ides of March also marked the beginning of several religious festivals – most notably the festivals of Cybele and Attis. However, after Caesar was assassinated in 44 BC, this day would forever be remembered for that and not those religious holidays.

Want to know more? Visit the below site -

http://www.holidayscalendar.com/event/ides-of-march/

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