Podcaster Sam Davis told Justin Brierley that what did it for him was reading Yuval Noah Harari’s idea that “humanity is a weaver of stories.”
Yuval Noah Harari deconstructs the most famous line from the Declaration of Independence.
The traditions of the Santal people entail an account of their own religious history that directly contradicts Harari’s evolutionary view.
Harari’s assurance about building group cohesion is simplistic and woefully insufficient to account for common characteristics of religion.
Harari’s conjecture — “There are no gods” — forms the very basis for everything he says in the rest of the book.