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August 26, 2018, 01:26:37 PM
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Trying to move away from politics and bitcoin subjects, I tried a different book.
I just finished reading the book Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind.
It´s a best seller. I really avoid reading those kind of best seller books, because they are usually not so good, and hardly worth my time...

However, this one is related to my profession and everyone is reading it in Brazil. So I decided to give it a try. I enjoyed it a lot.
The book is very interesting in the beginning.

He talks about the beginning of the mankind. About 100 thousand years ago at least 6 Homo species coexisted, including the Homo sapiens. In his words, freely translated from Portuguese:
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It is our current exclusivity, not the multiplicity of species in our past, which is peculiar - and incriminating. As we shall soon see, we, sapiens, have good reasons to repress the memory of our brothers.
Later on, he talks about studies that traced 4-6% of our DNA came from other Homo species, such as Homo Neandertal and Homo habilis, suggesting we somehow mixed with them.

I found that fascinating. Almost a sci-fi world with different humanoids lol

 Later on, he talks about how our ancestors lived before the agriculture. This book changed the way I imagined the Stone Age.

It´s sad to see that on the second half of the book he starts a globalism propaganda. He talks about how empires made people´s life better, and that a global empire would be the solutions for wars and social problems. He mentions ONU and the EU…
I looked for that book trying to stay away from those boring subjects that comes to us every day and every time, just to find them again hidden in an ancient history book. Probably this is what this book a best seller.

How is the reception to that book in your countries? This book is like a fever in Brazil now, everyone is reading it. I believe that our bizarre country is probably 5 years late in that fever, or maybe that book didn’t even called much attention in Europe or US…
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August 27, 2018, 04:55:34 PM
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Trying to move away from politics and bitcoin subjects, I tried a different book.
I just finished reading the book Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind.
It´s a best seller. I really avoid reading those kind of best seller books, because they are usually not so good, and hardly worth my time...

However, this one is related to my profession and everyone is reading it in Brazil. So I decided to give it a try. I enjoyed it a lot.
The book is very interesting in the beginning.

He talks about the beginning of the mankind. About 100 thousand years ago at least 6 Homo species coexisted, including the Homo sapiens. In his words, freely translated from Portuguese:
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It is our current exclusivity, not the multiplicity of species in our past, which is peculiar - and incriminating. As we shall soon see, we, sapiens, have good reasons to repress the memory of our brothers.
Later on, he talks about studies that traced 4-6% of our DNA came from other Homo species, such as Homo Neandertal and Homo habilis, suggesting we somehow mixed with them.

I found that fascinating. Almost a sci-fi world with different humanoids lol

 Later on, he talks about how our ancestors lived before the agriculture. This book changed the way I imagined the Stone Age.

It´s sad to see that on the second half of the book he starts a globalism propaganda. He talks about how empires made people´s life better, and that a global empire would be the solutions for wars and social problems. He mentions ONU and the EU…
I looked for that book trying to stay away from those boring subjects that comes to us every day and every time, just to find them again hidden in an ancient history book. Probably this is what this book a best seller.

How is the reception to that book in your countries? This book is like a fever in Brazil now, everyone is reading it. I believe that our bizarre country is probably 5 years late in that fever, or maybe that book didn’t even called much attention in Europe or US…



Now they have to make a new edition http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2017/03/ancient-skulls-may-belong-elusive-humans-called-denisovans
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September 06, 2018, 04:32:45 PM
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I met him in person and have a signed copy of his book! Crazy to see Bitcontalkers also into it as well Smiley A great read.
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