The hate formula explained
It’s been long time since I wrote something about a book I have read. I feel it is a high time for that, especially because Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind, written by the Israeli historian Yuval Noah Harari, is in my opinion a must read for everyone who is interested in the history and the progress of humankind.
Harari takes his reader on a journey almost to the beginning of time or 13.5 billion years ago, when the Big Bang occurred. However, his focus is on Homo sapiens, a peculiar species of great apes that existed around 150,000 years.
Reading this book is so interesting, everything is so fast-paced and extremely informative, that it feels like binge-watching a quality TV-series. Harari is very entertaining, a great educator and a guy with a lot of humor.
He divides human history in three distinct eras or revolutions: The Cognitive Revolution (about 70,000 years ago), The Agricultural Revolution (12,000 years ago) and The Scientific Revolution (500 years ago).
The book is chock-full with interesting information, assertions and proclamations, such as:
I like how Harari treats all ideologies, such as national socialism, fascism, communism and all other -isms, but also economic systems as capitalism to be almost some kind of of religion (see for instance page 260 where he calls various forms of humanisms downright humanist religions). Furthermore he concludes rightfully that before the Scientific Revolution the largest part of humankind didn’t believe in progress. It all changed with capitalism.
I warmly recommend Sapiens and regard it as a very import educational literature, and a good starting point for all those who are interested in history (that is, a history of humankind). This book gives a holistic, yet detail-rich insight into the mind of a peculiar species that reigns on a little blue planet we call the Earth.
In the sixth episode of Film Magistery Dino talks about the abundance of bullshit today around us and Coens’ underrated film ‘Burn After Reading’ (2008), a tongue-in-cheek spy film about some people who know nothing, but pretend to know a lot. It says a lot about the cultural and interpersonal condition of the modern society today.
We ask what bullshit is and why is there so much of it around us.
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Harry Frankfurt, On Bullshit, 2005.
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This painting just sold for $46.5 million at Sotheby’s in New York
Four wonderful days at the west coast of Jutland, spent with my girls and parents.
Actor Michael K. Williams (you know, Omar Little?) talks to himself about being typecast. Aren’t we all being typecast all the time? (thanks, magistery.dk)