Saturday, 16 July 2016

The thought provoking Sapiens

The first two weeks of July 2016 passed with a blink. I was so consumed with the never ending meetings, paper work and travelling that I have limited time for the three pleasure of life – books, bonsai and tea. Tea drinking, laughter and gossip session with close friends have to wait for another day when the schedule is less punishing (thanks Little Q for inviting). A dinner plan with my dear friend Foon Ngok is still ….in the plan (I am so sorry Foon). Two of my mini Juniperus Chinesis plants died a premature death, possibly due to over fertilising by the maid (Lesson: Give clear precise instruction to subordinates).

Arrghhhh…….but this is life!

However, in the midst of these, I’ve just completed reading the 443 pages Sapiens – A brief history of humankind by Yuval Noah Harari. It is one of the most interesting book that I’ve read so far in 2016, besides the gripping When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi, a little over promising futuristic Connectography by Parag Khanna and the amusing Conversations with Tunku Abdul Rahman by the late Tan Sri Abdullah Ahmad. All these are on top of the even more amusing political satire around the world from Donald Trump’s penis size to Brexit to Lim Guan Eng’s “Bungalowgate”.

How all these are happening around us? (from the back cover of Sapiens)
About 13.5 billion years ago, matter, energy, time and space come into being in what was known as the Big Bang. The story of these fundamental features of our universe is called physics.

About 300,000 years after their appearance, matter and energy started to coalesce into complex structures, called atoms, which then combined into molecules. The story of atoms, molecules, and their interactions is called chemistry.

About 3.8 billion years ago, on a planet called Earth, certain molecules combined to form particularly large and intricate structures called organisms. The story of organism is called biology.

About 70,000 years ago, organisms belonging to the species Homo sapiens started to form even more elaborate structures called cultures. The subsequent development of these human cultures is called history.

Above are the first four paragraphs of Sapiens – A brief history of humankind. To know more and to give yourself a good mental stimulation, get your copy today!! This is one of the most thought provoking book I've ever read. Origins, religion, myth, revolution and the future all in one ! 

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