Friday, July 24, 2015

Why did humans rise to the top?

From TED 

 Yuval Noah Harari, A lecturer in history at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, in his book Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind, Yuval Noah Harari  asks what made homo sapiens the most successful species on the planet. His answer: We are the only animal that can believe in things that exist purely in our imagination, such as gods, states, money, human rights, corporations and other “fictions,” and we have developed a unique ability to use these stories to unify and organize groups and ensure cooperation. In his next book, he'll explore the growth of inequality in human society. He asks, are we on the cusp of the next great divergence? 

Harari specializes in world history, medieval history and military history. His current research focuses on macro-historical questions: 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 also teaches a MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) titled A Brief History of Humankind







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