Thus course explores the “deep history” of the human species—how we came to be what and who we are, biologically, cognitively, socially, culturally, and technologically. Are we on the verge of transcending our evolutionary and ecological underpinnings? Perhaps we are facing a quantum leap above the rest of life to a separate order of being altogether. What are the implications of our past for the prospects of our future? Our guide in this saga that spans millions of years, will be Sapiens: A Brief History of Human Kind, which we will critically evaluate. UMA Center. Limit 32. Course is closed
Required Book(s): Harari, Yuval Noah. 2015. Sapiens: A brief History of Humankind. Harper. ISBN 10:9780062316110
Fred Cichocki (Ph.D., University of Michigan) has investigated and taught evolutionary biology and ecology at various colleges and universities in the US and Canada, with emphasis on “big picture” synthesis. In addition, he has been a natural history museum curator and is co-founder of the Maine Master Naturalist Program.