Sapiens – Yuval Noah Harari

This is the book I finally finished reading. It was eye opening, and I wish I had read this book when I was young so I would have had a broader understanding of the world around me. I read this book at the beginning of this project, just after I finished Homo Deus. I took so long to read because I kept on being distracted by other books; the slowness is no fault but my own.

This book explores history, philosophy, anthropology and sociology in a way that is accessible, yet is fully comprehensive and doesn’t compromise on academic validity.

The book claims; it’s only a “brief history of mankind”. This book helped me understand the world. The author could have gone into further detail on all the points covered in the book. However, that is not the purpose of this book, it’s an academically written text on history of everything around us: An explanation of how we all got here and why the world functions the way it does. Exploring the points covered in the book would cause the book to be infinitely long. The book has sparked a fascination with the small things we do everyday, that we take for granted, or forget were invented at some point, like chatting or observing family dynamics. This fascination inspired me to research into language throughout this project as the formation of language is fascinating. The pages covering ancient full script are awe-inspiring and something I will explore.

Below I provide my thoughts and responses to the book in chronological order according to the audiobook:

Chapter 2

Explores imagined realities of the past.


Chapter 6

Romantic consumerism – Going on holiday. This is an interesting concept name.

This chapter includes the definition for objective, subjective and intersubjective. Giving definitions of them. This is relevant to my work as both time and language are intersubjective.

In addition, this chapter includes the secret to time travel(ish) and language. This is due to these two entities being intersubjective. If the whole world believes that it’s Thursday even though it’s Monday, who’s to say it’s not Thursday?


Chapter 7

Includes hive mind theory, the invention of maths, written language and the division of days into 24hrs and circles into 360º. It also covers what the initial function of written language, the difference between full script and partical script, and the first forms of written language from around this world. This is when I got introduced to quipus, which is similar to binary script.

Catalogues among the first types of books.

The observation that clerks and accountants have to think like filing cabinets.  


Chapter 8

Why is there a hierarchy in society?

The introduction of class and gender politics


Chapter 13

Chaotic systems 1&2

History is a chaotic system 2 because it listens and reacts to the world around it.


Chapter 16

Pirates aren’t capitalists


Chapter 18

A concrete and plastic shopping centre is what this world has become

The invention of clocks and our obcession with time

Our parents, in this current society, are the market and the state.

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