We met last Tuesday at Mike’s house to discuss the summer books ‘Sapiens’ and ‘Homo Deus’ by Yuval Noah Harari. Mike provided sandwiches, salad, and drinks for the evening, which were much appreciated.
Mike was the discussion leader for the night. After the Author introduction we launched into a discussion of the first book ‘Sapiens’. Several of us commented on how much text book like it seemed, but regardless most members felt we learned something from the books. As a matter of fact, that was the most often heard comment I took away from the meeting. We discussed his ideas of Myths, which is one of the interesting ideas of the book, his obsession with Hunter Gathers and his personal bias that really does permeate both books.
The discussion then morphed into the second book, which projects his ideas into the future. I think the general consensus was that this was the more interesting of the two books. While recapping points from the first book he then goes on the describe his view of mankind in the future. However, again his personal bias come to the forefront. Animal rights, technology and medicine all come into his sights.
All in all it was a great discussion. The fact that most all members mentioned that they learned some things from the books which they did not know and it prompted as much discussion as it did is a telling sign.
Next month we are at John’s and will be reading ‘A Gentlemen in Moscow’
See you then