For millions of years, humans lived in intimate bands of no more than a few dozen individuals. Our biological instincts are adapted to this way of life. Humans are consequently ill-equipped to cooperate with large numbers of strangers and yet shortly after the Agricultural Revolution humans established cities, kingdoms, and huge empires. In this week’s lectures from Dr. Yuval Noah Harari we started looking at how they did it and how millions of strangers agreed on shared laws, norms and values.
These are my course notes from the coursera course – A Brief History of Humankind by Dr. Harari of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
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