The Sapiens Secret of Success: How Humans Conquered the World

Yuval Harari at USI

About 70,000 years ago, Earth was populated by at least six different human species. None of them had much impact on the global ecology. Today only one human species has survived – Homo sapiens – but it is the most important factor in the global ecology. How did we reach from there to here? How did we transform ourselves from insignificant apes into the rulers of planet Earth? Our secret of success is that we are the only animal that can talk about things that exist purely in our own imagination, such as gods, nations, money, and human rights.