Summary of Yuval Harari’s “Sapiens”

Yuval Noah Harari has written a short book¹ that interprets and explains millions of years of human history while also prognosticating about our future as a species. It is ridiculously ambitious, delightfully entertaining, and replete with sweeping generalizations and provocative claims.

Harari begins by explaining that Homo Sapiens (aka Sapiens) is one species in the genus Homo, a genus we share with…