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A Brief History of Humankind

Yuval Noah Harari Hebrew University of Jerusalem @Coursera
Class Start: TBA
Duration: 17 weeks
Approximate Workload: 2-4 hours/week
Level: beginner
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The course surveys the entire length of human history, from the evolution of various human species in the Stone Age up to the political and technological revolutions of the twenty-first century.

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John Hunt (Warsaw) , 2014-02-24
Even if, like me, you start with the quizzes, and dip into the lectures to fill in your gaps, this is a rewarding intellectual adventure. (Those who committed to the full experience equally loved it.) This could really change the way you think about the world! Super.

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Anonymous (Singapore, Singapore) , 2014-01-02
This was probably the most thought-provoking and interesting class I have ever taken! It made me revise and adjust most of my views about history and society in general.

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KUMAR UJJWAL SINGH (Varanasi,India) , 2013-10-17
Absolutely Fantastic.!
I mean listening to this well-learned Professor makes me feel jaw-dropping.! How well he gets to tell things and how well,he gets to teach.So much knowledge we get to have from attending this special class.!
I'm a undergrad student interested in pursuing my career in Archaeology and related field and this special course makes me more Enthusiastic about every thing and acquiring knowledge and getting to crave for it more.! :D

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Anonymous (Singapore, Singapore) , 2014-06-27
Excellent!

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Anonymous (Singapore, Singapore) , 2014-04-29
I loved it--Prof. Harari's perspective of history is very original. Although I didn't always agree with his views, the course made me think seriously about history and the evolution of humankind. I highly recommend it!

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Anonymous (Singapore, Singapore) , 2014-01-04
It was a unique point of view on the history of human kind, very different from what I used to know or was taught at school ...
How human sapience became dominant species, agricultural revolution as the biggest fraud in history, what we have done to domesticate animals, what unites people, what we really need and perspective on happiness, the future of human kind , and many other great topics were like the page turners. This course was the most fascinating piece of media I came across in the last year.

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Anonymous (Singapore, Singapore) , 2013-12-17
I agree with the other reviewers that the course content was excellent and Dr. Harari's lectures were provocative and interesting. This is the sort of class that promotes discussion and debate. Unfortunately, the discussion forums in general were poor. There was minimal monitoring of the boards and conversations often wandered aimlessly. I stopped reading the posts. The quizzes were very simple and minimal. So, other than watching the lectures there was not much to do. I think Dr. Harari agreed to do this class to sell his book (which I intend to buy when it is published in English).

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Anonymous (Singapore, Singapore) , 2013-12-08
Interesting topics discussed: human evolution, where we came from and where we're going, our impact on the environment and other species. Some facts were disturbing and controversial, but I loved it.

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Anonymous (Singapore, Singapore) , 2013-12-06
Prof Harari weaves an interdisciplinary narrative of the sweep of human history from biological, sociological, and ecological perspectives that was extremely interesting and quite unique. I found myself looking forward to each week's new lectures.

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Anonymous (Singapore, Singapore) , 2013-10-26
A complete view of the history from a high level. Must learn course.

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Anonymous (Singapore, Singapore) , 2013-10-17
Fascinating. Intellectually invigorating.

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Anonymous (Singapore, Singapore) , 2013-09-18
Extremely provocative and interesting.

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Se-won Ahn (Paju) , 2013-09-07
This lecture is so interesting. I could get various perspectives about humankind. he shows several theories with evidences and sometimes he gives his distinctive interpretation about that. I recommend this lecture.

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