I've been reading this fascinating book, and it often reminded me of @Rylo Ken. I asked him if he read it, and he did. Now, we could discuss the thing in PMs, but where's the fun in that? We wouldn't get aggrieved Ender Sai replies or pontificating Wocky posts. So here's the topic. "From a renowned historian comes a groundbreaking narrative of humanity’s creation and evolution—a #1 international bestseller—that explores the ways in which biology and history have defined us and enhanced our understanding of what it means to be “human.”" I learned a lot from this book but the author gets carried away now and again. These are the moments I'd like to discuss. His first contention that raised my eyebrows: The Agricultural Revolution was the worst thing ever to happen to humankind. Around 12,000 years ago, the human way of life began to change drastically. We stopped moving around and foraging for food and instead brought plants and animals to us. This change, known as the Agricultural Revolution, heralded the beginning of agriculture as we know it. Generally, it's considered an unquestionable advancement that led to improved living conditions, increased lifespan, and ultimately to the development of technology and all the perks of modern life. But Harari calls it "history's biggest fraud". "The Agricultural Revolution certainly enlarged the sum total of food at the disposal of humankind, but the extra food did not translate into a better diet or more leisure. Rather, it translated into population explosions and pampered elites. The average farmer worked harder than the average forager, and got a worse diet in return," he writes. So, Ken, and the JCC: do you agree?