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Book Review: Sapiens – A Brief History of Humankind

In Book Reviews, Historical Resources by Steve Sliwa

This book is a thought-provoking collection of history, population biology, anthropology, and a variety of other fields.  It tracks homo sapiens from a struggling and insignificant species through the cognitive, agricultural, and scientific phases of development.  It talks about the importance of religions, nationalism, and economic systems.  Interestingly, the role of capitalism was critical. One purpose of the book is to lay the foundation for warnings about the future.  Extrapolating from where we have been to where we are likely to go is worth considering.  Most of the past phases of development happened without much planning and it’s hard to say that progress has really been a net good in some cases.  His main concerns about the future are related to nuclear holocaust, ecological collapse, and the evolution of homo sapiens from genetic engineering to AI. Mostly, the book is beautifully and vividly written.  Interesting since the book was initially written in Hebrew and translated to English.  The team should be congratulated on creating such a well-written book. Here is an interview with the author:

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Dr. Mortimer R. Feinberg, Ph.D. – 2005 Biographical Notes

In Biographies by Steve Sliwa

Mortimer R. Feinberg, Ph.D. has combined a career as an academic with his role as a Consultant and advisor to many of the world’s most successful corporations and individuals. A pioneer in the field of industrial psychology, Dr. Feinberg has educated, enlightened and advised a stellar roster of global chief executive officers, heads of state, and leaders of thought for nearly six decades. He has successfully combined keen technical expertise with a unique sense of humanity, touching campuses and board rooms from Brooklyn to Dubai. As an academic, Dr. Feinberg is a Professor Emeritus of Baruch College of the City University of New York. There he served as the Director of Advanced Management Programs, Assistant Dean, Professor and former acting Chairman of the Psychology Department and Professor of Management. A tireless lecturer and keynote speaker, Dr. Feinberg has highlighted the agenda for organizations and institutions such as the Young Presidents Organizations, the Israel Management Center, and the Indo-American Society. He has served as a conference leader for public and private corporations such as GE, AlliedBarton, Rockefeller Group International, Chase Bank, Pritchard Industries, Crescent Petroleum, and Insitu. In all, his service as a lecturer and conference leader has taken him to over 30 countries around the world. Dr. Feinberg’s accomplishments have been broadly recognized, having received numerous honors and awards. He holds an Honorary Doctor of Aviation Business Administration from Emory-Riddle Aeronautical University.  In addition, he is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and …

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