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“Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind” by Yuval Noah Harari

The Nightwatchman Society’s held their third book club meeting on 21st of November 2019. The book that was chosen for this session was “Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind” by Yuval Noah Harari.

The meeting took place on a rainy Thursday evening at the Advocata Institute. Conversation picked up over drinks and short-eats as our members settled into the session. The discussion covered several themes including human progress, the strength and shortcomings of capitalism, the viability of regulation, human behavior, and the power of ideology. The main focus of the session was based on Part 4 of the book, with special emphasis on the chapters titled “The Discovery of Ignorance”, “The Capitalist Creed” and “The Wheels of Industry”. 

Ideas were shared along various strands of thought about human incentives and how humans are distinct as a species due to our ability to mutually agree upon and accept ideas like laws, morals, and even specific concepts like nations, money and credit.