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Sapiens book club notes

Take your reading group on a journey of self-discovery.

In his bold and provocative book, Sapiens, Yuval Noah Harari explores who we are, how we got here and where we’re going. He argues that we are the most advanced and most destructive animals ever to have lived. So, what makes us brilliant? What makes us deadly? What makes us Sapiens?

Ponder some of these big-picture questions at your next book club meet-up, and use the prompts below to get the conversation started.

Discussion points and questions:

  • Of all the human developments described in Sapiens, which one do you think was the most significant in the course of our history?
  • Humankind has only been present for a minute fraction of planet Earth’s existence – do you think that our civilisation will retain its current position in centuries to come?
  • How can reading about history help us in the present day and the future?
  • If you could change the trajectory of humanity’s story, what developments would you alter?
  • If you could live in another human age, which would it be (and why)?
  • Of all the facts revealed in Sapiens, what did you find most surprising?
  • Did Sapiens leave you with feelings of hope, despair, or something in between, with regard to humanity’s future?

Sapiens Yuval Noah Harari

What makes us brilliant? What makes us deadly? What makes us Sapiens? This bestselling history of our species challenges everything we know about being human.

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