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"Does happiness really depend on self-delusion?" > Yuval Noa

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"Does happiness really depend on self-delusion?" > Yuval Noah Harari, Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind -- wonderful book!

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Aug 17

@IMOKRU This is why having an open mind is so important! Being dogmatic and ridged keeps our perspective in the myopic and fools us into believing "truths" that aren't true.

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Aug 18

Until the Scientific Revolution most human cultures did not believe in progress. They thought the golden age was in the past, and that the world was stagnant, if not deteriorating. Strict adherence to the wisdom of the ages might perhaps bring back the good old times, and human ingenuity might conceivably improve this or that facet of daily life. However, it was considered impossible for human know-how to overcome the world’s fundamental problems. -- Sapiens, Chapter 14

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@IMOKRU "The discovery of America was the foundational event of the Scientific Revolution. It not only taught Europeans to favour present observations over past traditions, but the desire to conquer America also obliged Europeans to search for new knowledge at breakneck speed. If they really wanted to control the vast new territories, they had to gather enormous amounts of new data about the geography, climate, flora, fauna, languages, cultures and history of the new continent. Christian Scriptures, old geography books and ancient oral traditions were of little help." -- Sapiens, Chapter 15

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