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Digging Into Yuval Harari’s Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind Led by Yoel Magid Tuesdays, October 22, 29, November 12 and 19 at 10:00 am
Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg, Barack Obama, and my daughter Dana all recommended Israeli cultural historian Yuval Noah Harari’s incredibly popular and provocative book Sapiens, with its ambitious subtitle, A Brief History of Humankind. The book, which questions many of our assumptions and understandings about how homo sapiens became the masters of our planet, is wide-ranging and beautifully written with humor, skepticism, and brilliant insights into human history. Harari draws on inter-disciplinary revelations from anthropology, sociology, psychology, philosophy and literature as well as his professional background as a historian to shock and surprise us with a very original and intellectually challenging look at the development of the human species.
The four fall classes will analyze and discuss the four parts of Harari’s chronological descriptions: 1. The Cognitive Revolution; 2. The Agricultural Revolution; 3. The Unification of Humankind; and 4. The Scientific Revolution.
Sapiens is available in hardcover, paperback and online through Kindle. Participants are asked to read each section for class discussions. Mussar, the Original Self-Help