Q-Rated Books: 'Sapiens' by Yuval Noah Harari

Recommended by Nagendra Y


"Sapiens" by Yuval Noah Harari (Amazon Link)

“Initially I thought that this was a book just about history and evolution, the author bring a war historian. However, as I read through the book it was nothing short of a thriller! The ideas presented were linking aspects of the past (evolution of Homo sapiens, tools as weapons), present (about the current confusion with democracy, Data, etc) and the future (is there a revolution ahead in the lines of AI, bitcoin, etc). Perspective and imagination is what gives humans the decisive advantage to be the dominant species of this planet. After reading this book, I've had many moments (even while quizzing) where I think ''Oh! Was there a link to this in Sapiens?" I would recommend this book to anyone interested in the story of the rise of sapiens (I, human) into power and those curious about where this story is heading towards. Or quite 'supposably' the end.”

QuickQ: X who joined the crew of HMS Beagle at the age of 22 , was tasked with the collection of geological specimens along the voyage to South America in 1831. X eventually proposed a groundbreaking theory that led to an entirely new field of scientific thought and enquiry.
At a parallel timeline of the findings of X, there was Y who spent four years in the Amazonian forests collecting geological data and continued with an 8 year expedition to Malay Archipelago. X and Y met and exchanged their observations, finally publishing their findings jointly. Although X is the more popular one to receive credit, it is interesting to note that two men came up with this remarkable theory simultaneously and independently. Identify X and Y in the comments below!

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