The cognitive revolution is rather deceiving in its title, as this wasn’t necessarily some massive progression of intellect and cognition as much as it was a development in communicative abilities to discuss concepts beyond what we perceive to be reality. Sapiens discusses this transition, as well as the growth of humankind concerning agriculture. Both were crucial with the explosion in population occurring during the early years of humanity. While the numbers were not nearly comparable by today’s standards, our ability to collaborate as a functional whole was crucial in organization of groups beyond 150 (Harari 2015, 22). The initial ability to construct “stories” to explain natural phenomena that were not previously understood allowed us as a species to associate with similar belief systems and establish order accordingly. Following this, systematic societies could be implemented. The agricultural revolution presented a possibility to actualize this capability. Humans soon realized their capacity to utilize livestock without killing them by localizing them and containing them. By breeding animals for food and animal products, societies could be developed in singular locations; thus, the necessity for nomadic life was eliminated.
Homo sapiens soon came to control other species, not through our individual intellectual capacity or realization of animal’s ability to be captured, but through the impact of these two crucial elements in the form of collaboration; what we now consider to be “lesser” species lacked the crucial element of communication. The stories which united early peoples, as well as the social constructs initiated by accelerated linguistic abilities truly set Homo sapiens apart from the rest of the animal community. Harari’s argument, while strong, does fail to recognize other factors in human development. We cannot place the domination of humanity upon a singular component in a complex web of pieces which, when put together, brought forth the reality we now know. Communication was truly important, as was our ability to better cognitively process our surroundings, develop a level of self awareness to perceive faulty logic and methodology, and attempt to formulate ideas to improve performance when it came to tasks like collecting essential food sources and clothing. Asserting that communication somehow triumphed these other elements is preposterous. While it truly assisted in developing many other areas of growth, Harari failed to note the various other impacts curated in early human history.