1.The Cognitive Revolution which happened around 70’000 B.C. was when sapiens had developed imagination. It was also the start of fictive language. The Agricultural Revolution was around 12,000 B.C. It was the start of domestication of plants and animals. Permanent settlements also began. Both the Cognitive and Agricultural revolutions helped humankind spread across the globe and evolve humans at a growing rate. It kick started the human evolution faster. Clothing, boats, tools and accessories were invented and made. We also see the development of religion, art, trading and social structure. During these periods we also developed “culture” and diversity. All these things affected human civilization. It’s all the things that we still use in modern civilization. The start of social structure and different cultures is what we have in modern day. We still have commerce and class division. The beginning development of Cognitive and Agriculture revolution is still what we use and possess today. We wouldn’t be where we are today if not for these developments in human civilization.
2. Harari explains this by pretty much saying human rights is an imagined order. Homo sapiens has no natural rights in the same way animals have no natural rights. He also explains gravity as a natural order will not exist tomorrow and in contrast an imagined order is only valid because enough people will believe in it (Harari, p.158). Writing has helped humankind pass down these imagined orders. Harari’s arguments are compelling. I just don’t know if it’s all about superior social skills within homo sapiens. I’m skeptical about Harari’s argument. I think homo sapiens became dominant by the aggression of that time period. It was a different world back then more raw and brutal.