Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind


Destined to become a modern classic in the vein of Guns, Germs, and Steel, Sapiens is a lively, groundbreaking history of humankind told from a unique perspective.
     100,000 years ago, at least six species of human inhabited the earth. Today there is just one.
Homo Sapiens.
     How did our species succeed in the battle for dominance? Why did our foraging ancestors come together to create cities and kingdoms? How did we come to believe in gods, nations, and human rights; to trust money, books, and laws; and to be enslaved by bureaucracy, timetables, and consumerism? And what will our world be like in the millennia to come?
     In Sapiens, Dr. Yuval Noah Harari spans the whole of human history, from the very first humans to walk the earth to the radical -- and sometimes devastating -- breakthroughs of the Cognitive, Agricultural, and Scientific Revolutions. Drawing on insights from biology, anthropology, palaeontology, and economics, he explores how the currents of history have shaped our human societies, the animals and plants around us, and even our personalities. Have we become happier as history has unfolded? Can we ever free our behaviour from the heritage of our ancestors? And what, if anything, can we do to influence the course of the centuries to come?
     Bold, wide-ranging and provocative, Sapiens challenges everything we thought we knew about being human: our thoughts, our actions, our power...and our future.
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DR. YUVAL NOAH HARARI has a PhD in History from the University of Oxford and now lectures at the Department of History, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, specialising in World History. His research focuses on broad historical questions, such as: What is the relation between history and biology? Is there justice in history? Did people become happier as history unfolded?     
  65,000 people have taken his online course, "A Brief History of Humankind," and Sapiens is a huge bestseller in Israel and is being published in more than 20 languages worldwide. In 2012 Harari was awarded the annual Polonsky Prize for Creativity and Originality in the Humanistic Disciplines.
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Yuval Noah Harari

Yuval Noah Harari, author of the critically-acclaimed New York Times bestseller and international phenomenon Sapiens, returns with an equally original, compelling, and provocative book, turning his focus toward humanity’s future, and our quest to upgrade humans into gods.

Over the past century humankind has managed to do the impossible and rein in famine, plague, and war. This may seem hard to accept, but, as Harari explains in his trademark style—thorough, yet riveting—famine, plague and war have been transformed from incomprehensible and uncontrollable forces of nature into manageable challenges. For the first time ever, more people die from eating too much than from eating too little; more people die from old age than from infectious diseases; and more people commit suicide than are killed by soldiers, terrorists and criminals put together. The average American is a thousand times more likely to die from binging at McDonalds than from being blown up by Al Qaeda.

What then will replace famine, plague, and war at the top of the human agenda? As the self-made gods of planet earth, what destinies will we set ourselves, and which quests will we undertake? Homo Deus explores the projects, dreams and nightmares that will shape the twenty-first century—from overcoming death to creating artificial life. It asks the fundamental questions: Where do we go from here? And how will we protect this fragile world from our own destructive powers? This is the next stage of evolution. This is Homo Deus.

With the same insight and clarity that made Sapiens an international hit and a New York Times bestseller, Harari maps out our future.

哈拉瑞 Yuval Noah Harari
 歐巴馬、比爾蓋茲、馬克祖克柏、羅振宇 強力推薦全球暢銷書《人類大歷史》









—— 康納曼(Daniel Kahneman),《快思慢想》作者


在《人類大歷史》,作者哈拉瑞展現了他「後見之明」的洞見,深刻闡述了「A Brief History of Humankind」。而在這本《人類大命運》,哈拉瑞則改以「先見之明」的姿態,提出三個大哉問,並用他一貫銳利幽默的筆調,旁徵博引,深入淺出,為我們預示了「A Brief History of Tomorrow」!










從「智人」的位階躍升成為「神人」(Homo Deus),形同握有上帝的權力,那麼人類的終極命運將會如何?
Yuval Noah Harari
Sapiens är en medryckande och tankeväckande bok om mänsklighetens historia som på kort tid blivit en internationell bästsäljare. Yuval Noah Harari för med imponerande lätthet samman flera olika forskningsområden och perspektiv när han tar oss med från Homo sapiens första steg på jorden till i dag.

För 100 000 år sedan fanns det åtminstone sex olika arter av människor på jorden. I dag finns bara en. Homo sapiens.

Varför blev just vår art så framgångsrik? Hur kommer det sig att vi skapade städer och kungariken? Varför började vi tro på gudar, nationer och mänskliga rättigheter? Varför litar vi på pengar, böcker och lagar? Hur blev vi förslavade av byråkrati, konsumism och jakten på lycka?

»Djärv, mångfacetterad och provokativ utmanar Sapiens allt vi trodde att vi visste om att vara människa: våra tankar, våra handlingar, vår styrka ... och vår framtid.«
the Independent

»Den här fascinerande boken kan inte sammanfattas;du måste helt enkelt läsa den.«
Financial Times

»Sapiens tar sig an de största frågorna både i historien och i vår moderna värld.«
Jared Diamond, författare till Vete, vapen och virus

Dr Yuval Noah Harari (1976) har doktorerat i historia vid University of Oxford och undervisar vid Hebreiska universitetet i Jerusalem. Hans specialområde är världens historia och hans forskning fokuserar på breda historiska frågor som »Hur ser relationen mellan historia och biologi ut?«, »Är historien rättvis?« och »Har människor blivit lyckligare under historiens gång?«.

Harari har publicerat ett flertal böcker och artiklar och hans föreläsningar på nätet om världens historia har gjort succé. Sapiens – en kort historik över mänskligheten har översatts till ett flertal språk och ges ut i över 30 länder.

Yuval Noah Harari
New York Times Bestseller

A Summer Reading Pick for President Barack Obama, Bill Gates, and Mark Zuckerberg

From a renowned historian comes a groundbreaking narrative of humanity’s creation and evolution—a #1 international bestseller—that explores the ways in which biology and history have defined us and enhanced our understanding of what it means to be “human.”

One hundred thousand years ago, at least six different species of humans inhabited Earth. Yet today there is only one—homo sapiens. What happened to the others? And what may happen to us?

Most books about the history of humanity pursue either a historical or a biological approach, but Dr. Yuval Noah Harari breaks the mold with this highly original book that begins about 70,000 years ago with the appearance of modern cognition. From examining the role evolving humans have played in the global ecosystem to charting the rise of empires, Sapiens integrates history and science to reconsider accepted narratives, connect past developments with contemporary concerns, and examine specific events within the context of larger ideas.

Dr. Harari also compels us to look ahead, because over the last few decades humans have begun to bend laws of natural selection that have governed life for the past four billion years. We are acquiring the ability to design not only the world around us, but also ourselves. Where is this leading us, and what do we want to become?

Featuring 27 photographs, 6 maps, and 25 illustrations/diagrams, this provocative and insightful work is sure to spark debate and is essential reading for aficionados of Jared Diamond, James Gleick, Matt Ridley, Robert Wright, and Sharon Moalem.

哈拉瑞/Yuval Noah Harari
——戴蒙(Jared Diamond),普立茲獎巨著《槍炮、病菌與鋼鐵》作者

十萬年前,地球上至少有六個人種,但今日,只剩下一個人種:智人(Homo sapiens),亦即明智的人種。但是我們真的明智嗎?









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