Zitate aus „Sapiens“ von Yuval Noah Harari

Alexander Chorny
Alexander Chornyhat Zitat gemachtvor 3 Jahren
Don’t believe tree-huggers who claim that our ancestors lived in harmony with nature. Long before the Industrial Revolution, Homo sapiens held the record among all organisms for driving the most plant and animal species to their extinctions. We have the dubious distinction of being the deadliest species in the annals of biology.
Коля Русин
Коля Русинhat Zitat gemachtvor 8 Monaten
‘Happiness Begins Within.’ Money, social status, plastic surgery, beautiful houses, powerful positions – none of these will bring you happiness. Lasting happiness comes only from serotonin, dopamine and oxytocin.
Enlik Tjioe
Enlik Tjioehat Zitat gemachtvor 11 Tagen
We have mastered our surroundings, increased food production, built cities, established empires and created far-flung trade networks. But did we decrease the amount of suffering in the world? Time and again, massive increases in human power did not necessarily improve the well-being of individual Sapiens, and usually caused immense misery to other animals.
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njjjjhgyjhat Zitat gemachtvor 2 Jahren
The most important impact of script on human history is precisely this: it has gradually changed the way humans think and view the world.
Lindsay Foran-Harpe
Lindsay Foran-Harpehat Zitat gemachtvor 2 Jahren
A human handprint made about 30,000 years ago, on the wall of the Chauvet-Pont-d’Arc Cave in southern France. Somebody tried to say, ‘I was here!’
Anastasiya Matsulevitch
Anastasiya Matsulevitchhat Zitat gemachtvor 2 Jahren
Consumerism has worked very hard, with the help of popular psychology (‘Just do it!’) to convince people that indulgence is good for you, whereas frugality is self-oppression.
Adi Safuan
Adi Safuanhat Zitat gemachtvor 3 Jahren
The gossip theory might sound like a joke, but numerous studies support it. Even today the vast majority of human communication – whether in the form of emails, phone calls or newspaper columns – is gossip. It comes so naturally to us that it seems as if our language evolved for this very purpose.
Zauresh Amanzholova
Zauresh Amanzholovahat Zitat gemachtvor 3 Jahren
One of history’s few iron laws is that luxuries tend to become necessities and to spawn new obligations. Once people get used to a certain luxury, they take it for granted. Then they begin to count on it. Finally they reach a point where they can’t live without i
Simon Dunlop
Simon Dunlophat Zitat gemachtvor 3 Jahren
The White Australia policy which restricted immigration of non-white people to Australia remained in force until 1973.
Konstantin Perepelin
Konstantin Perepelinhat Zitat gemachtvor 3 Jahren
Imagine how things might have turned out had the Neanderthals or Denisovans survived alongside Homo sapiens. What kind of cultures, societies and political structures would have emerged in a world where several different human species coexisted? How, for example, would religious faiths have unfolded? Would the book of Genesis have declared that Neanderthals descend from Adam and Eve, would Jesus have died for the sins of the Denisovans, and would the Qur’an have reserved seats in heaven for all righteous humans, whatever their species? Would Neanderthals have been able to serve in the Roman legions, or in the sprawling bureaucracy of imperial China? Would the American Declaration of Independence hold as a self-evident truth that all members of the genus Homo are created equal? Would Karl Marx have urged workers of all species to unite?
Simon Dunlop
Simon Dunlophat Zitat gemachtvor 4 Jahren
Genus Homo’s position in the food chain was, until quite recently, solidly in the middle. For millions of years, humans hunted smaller creatures and gathered what they could, all the while being hunted by larger predators. It was only 400,000 years ago that several species of man began to hunt large game on a regular basis, and only in the last 100,000 years – with the rise of Homo sapiens – that man jumped to the top of the food chain.
Simon Dunlop
Simon Dunlophat Zitat gemachtvor 4 Jahren
Whereas chimpanzees spend five hours a day chewing raw food, a single hour suffices for people eating cooked food.
Henrik Ulrik Anker Hansen
Henrik Ulrik Anker Hansenhat Zitat gemachtvor 7 Tagen
Today, the earth’s continents are home to billions of Sapiens. If you took all these people and put them on a large set of scales, their combined mass would be about 300 million tons. If you then took all our domesticated farmyard animals – cows, pigs, sheep and chickens – and placed them on an even larger set of scales, their mass would amount to about 700 million tons. In contrast, the combined mass of all surviving large wild animals – from porcupines and penguins to elephants and whales – is less than 100 million tons. Our children’s books, our iconography and our TV screens are still full of giraffes, wolves and chimpanzees, but the real world has very few of them left. There are about 80,000 giraffes in the world, compared to 1.5 billion cattle; only 200,000 wolves, compared to 400 million domesticated dogs; only 250,000 chimpanzees – in contrast to billions of humans. Humankind really has taken over the world.1
Henrik Ulrik Anker Hansen
Henrik Ulrik Anker Hansenhat Zitat gemachtvor 7 Tagen
the world was moulded to fit the needs of Homo sapiens, habitats were destroyed and species went extinct. Our once green and blue planet is becoming a concrete and plastic shopping centre.
Enlik Tjioe
Enlik Tjioehat Zitat gemachtvor 7 Tagen
Suppose a single modern battleship got transported back to Columbus’ time. In a matter of seconds it could make driftwood out of the Niña, Pinta and Santa Maria and then sink the navies of every great world power of the time without sustaining a scratch. Five modern freighters could have taken onboard all the cargo borne by the whole world’s merchant fleets.5 A modern computer could easily store every word and number in all the codex books and scrolls in every single medieval library with room to spare. Any large bank today holds more money than all the world’s premodern kingdoms put together.6
Enlik Tjioe
Enlik Tjioehat Zitat gemachtvor 7 Tagen
In 1500, humans were confined to the earth’s surface. They could build towers and climb mountains, but the sky was reserved for birds, angels and deities. On 20 July 1969 humans landed on the moon. This was not merely a historical achievement, but an evolutionary and even cosmic feat. During the previous 4 billion years of evolution, no organism managed even to leave the earth’s atmosphere, and certainly none left a foot or tentacle print on the moon.
Enlik Tjioe
Enlik Tjioehat Zitat gemachtvor 7 Tagen
Prior to the sixteenth century, no human had circumnavigated the earth. This changed in 1522, when Magellan’s expedition returned to Spain after a journey of 44,000 miles. It took three years and cost the lives of almost all the crew members, Magellan included. In 1873, Jules Verne could imagine that Phileas Fogg, a wealthy British adventurer, might just be able to make it around the world in eighty days. Today anyone with a middle-class income can safely and easily circumnavigate the globe in just forty-eight hours.
Henrik Ulrik Anker Hansen
Henrik Ulrik Anker Hansenhat Zitat gemachtvor 7 Tagen
At heart, the Industrial Revolution has been a revolution in energy conversion. It has demonstrated again and again that there is no limit to the amount of energy at our disposal. Or, more precisely, that the only limit is set by our ignorance. Every few decades we discover a new energy source, so that the sum total of energy at our disposal just keeps growing.
Henrik Ulrik Anker Hansen
Henrik Ulrik Anker Hansenhat Zitat gemachtvor 7 Tagen
THE MODERN ECONOMY GROWS THANKS to our trust in the future and to the willingness of capitalists to reinvest their profits in production. Yet that does not suffice. Economic growth also requires energy and raw materials, and these are finite. When and if they run out, the entire system will collapse.
Enlik Tjioe
Enlik Tjioehat Zitat gemachtvor 10 Tagen
this sense, Hitler dug not just his own grave but that of racism in general.
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