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Jamie Irvine

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  • Sapiens

  • A Brief History of Humankind
  • Written by: Yuval Harari
  • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
  • Length: 15 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 3,346
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,903
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,893

In Sapiens, Dr. Yuval Noah Harari spans the whole of human history, from the very first humans to walk the earth to the radical - and sometimes devastating - breakthroughs of the cognitive, agricultural, and scientific revolutions. Drawing on insights from biology, anthropology, paleontology, and economics, he explores how the currents of history have shaped our human societies, the animals and plants around us, and even our personalities.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I've learned so much from this book!

  • By Amazon Customer on 2017-09-17

Raised with a Creationist POV - Eyes Opened

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2019-04-08

Wow did this ever challenge my point of view and helped me to see a larger picture of how humans became what we are today. I was particularly struck by the DNA evidence of different sapiens and the fact that every species has multiple forms, for example, canines and felines. It is so logical that there were many great apes that were sapiens.

Something that was not specifically mentioned but was impactful for me personally was when the author described the positive and negative impact of the agricultural revolution. The correlation of the negative impacts of the agricultural revolution to the curse in Genesis that God put on Adam and Eve is eerily similar. This strongly supports that the Bible account in Genesis is an allegory and not a historical account. I knew this in my heart of hearts but this really sealed it for me.

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  • Combating Cult Mind Control

  • The #1 Best-Selling Guide to Protection, Rescue, and Recovery from Destructive Cults
  • Written by: Steven Hassan
  • Narrated by: Daniel Greenberg
  • Length: 13 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5
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    5 out of 5 stars 5

The techniques of undue influence have evolved dramatically and continue to do so. Today, a vast array of methods exist to deceive, manipulate, and indoctrinate people into closed systems of obedience and dependency. This audiobook can help you protect or regain your sanity, freedom, and health. It can also help you protect others from the use of mind-control techniques.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Raised as a Jehovah's Witness - Very Informative

  • By Jamie Irvine on 2019-04-08
  • Combating Cult Mind Control
  • The #1 Best-Selling Guide to Protection, Rescue, and Recovery from Destructive Cults
  • Written by: Steven Hassan
  • Narrated by: Daniel Greenberg

Raised as a Jehovah's Witness - Very Informative

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2019-04-08

This book opened my eyes to the tactics of high control and the impact of undue influence. I feel that I can identify these tactics better now and this has empowered me. I am more aware of the prevalence of cults in society and when people are most vulnerable and I am grateful for that. As a former Jehovah's Witnesses elder, I got an opportunity to see the policy letters and read the elder's handbook and I always felt that it was very legalistic in nature. I now understand that many of these policies are designed to control people and regardless of how well-meaning some are, we can't escape the fact that the Bible's commentary on human nature is accurate. "Man will dominate man to his injury."