Throughout history there have been certain turning points that undoubtedly have shaped our modern day societies form and function. The cognitive revolution was one that really brought out the nuances of how and why humans are special. We have the ability unlike most other animals to meld instinctual feelings with free will. We still have animalistic instincts that have shaped our society, but we also have the ability to go against our instincts and use our freedom to make cognitive/conscious decisions towards our goals. The cognitive revolution allowed us to compartmentalize our thought and bring forth ideas that had no tangible relations, but that were easily applicable and extrapolated to real life events. This ties perfectly into the agricultural revolution, although the agricultural revolution came nearly 60,000 years behind the cognitive revolution it allowed for the same process in a way. The agricultural revolution allowed for more specialization of skills and jobs within our societies, surplus of food, and an economic explosion. This revolution in particular supported job diversity in our societies and allowed for people to study more intellectually and have leisure time, instead of an entire society having to focus on the survival of the group there was enough food to support everyone and being produced to allow more time for thought and intellectual conversation. These two revolutions monumentally changed our societies and truly exemplified why the human race is particularly special.
When Harari explains the reasons humans are so effective as an animal group it sort of complexes me, he says that we have the ability to work in unison and connect with each other on a different level than other animals, we are flexible. I think there is much to be said about that, we are flexible and have the ability to work cooperatively setting aside our differences for the greater good. I think this can be true in certain instances, but can also be our killer in others. In certain historical examples we have had the ability to work together seamlessly to create something great, but our inability to cooperate has also been the downfall of the human race. I think what makes humans so special is as i stated in my first paragraph, our ability to mix our instinctual behaviors with free will and thought make us distinctly unique.