BOTM: Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari
“An imagined order must be made to make millions of people believe in the same ideas for them to understand one another and work towards the same goal”
BOTM is Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari. I decided to read this book after reading Tools of Titans by Tim Ferriss as many of the people he interviewed recommended this book. This is an amazing read! Harari takes you through the journey of human evolution and how we developed some of our “human” qualities. Obesity is a great example since our minds are still “hunter/gatherer’ mindset but our cuisine is “ancient farmers” our DNA says that we need to consume these “rare” high calorie foods for our survival, hence why it tastes so good.
We actually work much more now than we did when we were forced to hunt. More complex societies create more work for everyone and the more complex the more we need to be involved to make all of the delicate intricacies function. This forced people to worry about the future when they previously did not need to since now they can control future food stocks, this generally changed the mind set of the early human. Harari also discusses how language lead to story telling and writing which lead to creating imagination which lead to creating hierarchies. Technically speaking myself and Jeff Bezos have the same biology and human structures, yet this imagination has created dollar values, social standards and hierarchies that did not previously exist before story telling.
This book has been one of the most interesting book I have read to date. I would recommend this read to anyone curious about how the world works today and how a lot of these “norms” came to be. Harari does a great job of going back and visiting each aspect of human history from early language to the scientific revolution!
Currently reading 3 books: Crossing the Chasm, Tribe of Mentors and Thank You For Being Late!