Over-rated Sapiens

Everyone in Silicon Valley seemingly loves Sapiens: A Brief History Of Humankind, a book by Yuval Noah Harari. Not only they love it, they recommend it. All the time. It’s one of the rare books that find mention on the recommended list of both Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg.

I picked it recently, seeing all those recommendations popping up all over the web. Interesting book with some brilliantly funny lines. Also it is fairly accessible, except in the middle where it sags. But in the big ideas it is somewhat lacking. No, it’s not a bad book. Please go read it, because occasionally it is really good. When it talks of the role of language in the human evolution or how humans benefit from creating things out of thin air, such as gods and money, this is compelling read. But overall little over-rated.

Over-rated Sapiens

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