We may share around 96% of our genetic code with the chimpanzee – our nearest evolutionary relative – but that 4% adds up to advanced civilisations, sending human beings into outer space, sequencing DNA in outer space, Google, pumpkin spice lattes, and the mankini. How have we come so far in so short a period of time? 

“Seventy thousand years ago, our human ancestors were insignificant animals, just minding their own business in a corner of Africa with all the other animals. But now, few would disagree that humans dominate planet Earth; we’ve spread to every continent, and our actions determine the fate of other animals (and possibly Earth itself). How did we get from there to here? Historian Yuval Noah Harari suggests a surprising reason for the rise of humanity.”

Side note — I would massively recommend Hararis’ book Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind. It a’int exactly brief, but it is brilliant.

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