Preview: The Big Ideas – Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari


"How do you cause people to believe in an imagined order such as Christianity, democracy or capitalism? First, you never admit that the order is imagined."

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I'm an avid reader of books. I probably read around two books a week. It's how I can do this podcast. The information doesn't just spring from my mind, it's me putting together all the different ideas I've been exposed to over the years, mostly through reading. And since I've already done a lot of reading, what I enjoy doing is distilling these big ideas in ways that most folks can understand, or have it put into context that they can relate to. We've all read books where we got close to nothing out of it. So, I plan to just give you the good stuff. And give you points you can actually remember. But if that piques your interest enough to buy the book, that's even better. I got you to read. You can always find the links for all the books I mention in the show notes.

Here's the point to all this: when we were kids, we thought adults knew everything. And by the time we became one, we thought we'd, too, know everything. Surprise, we still don't know lots of things. We thought through magic after we turned 21, we'd automatically know everything we need to know about the world. And that didn't happen. Well, let's change that. All the stuff you need to know to be an informed adult.

The first book I'd like to present is Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind, by Yuval Noah Harari. Because you need to know how we got to here, to you being able to listen to me through a magic box in your pocket…

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