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The Superhuman Upgrade

Steven Shapin: The Book That Explains It All, 13 July 2017

Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow 
by Yuval NoahHarari.
Vintage, 528 pp., £9.99, March 2017, 978 1 78470 393 6
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... her husband is just a dull ‘specialist’. Today’s Ejlert Løvborg is the Israeli historian Yuval Harari. His Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind appeared in English in 2014, having been published in Hebrew three years earlier. Following ‘the march of civilisation’ from the Neolithic to the present in a punchy four hundred pages, it was an ...

Flour Fixated

Bee Wilson, 24 September 2020

Amber Waves: The Extraordinary Biography of Wheat 
by Catherine Zabinski.
Chicago, 246 pp., £18, August 2020, 978 0 226 55371 9
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... grain.Some say that humans domesticated wheat; others that wheat domesticated humans. In Sapiens, Yuval NoahHarari argued that this wild grass succeeded in completely changing the human way of life, in ways that weren’t always beneficial for humans. With the adoption of wheat, the communal living and varied diet of ...

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