Written by Yuval Noah Harari

Great summary: https://neilkakkar.com/sapiens.html

Notes and highlights

One of history’s few iron laws is that luxuries tend to become necessities and spawn new obligations

If you want to keep any human group isolated — women, Jews, Roma, gays, blacks — the best way to do it is convince everyone that these people are a source of pollution.

Fire, language, fiction, agriculture vs forage, Unification: money, empire, religion.


February 9, 2024