Sunday Book Group: Humankind, A Hopeful History

Date(s) - January 10, 2021
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

The Sunday Book Group does not meet in December, but join us on January 10 when we will convene via Zoom to discuss Humankind: A Hopeful History by Rutger Bregman (Pub. June 2020).

Many think our natural state is selfish and self-interested, believing that all that stands between us and violent anarchy is a strong state and firm leadership. Others believe that humans were born free and that it was civilization – with its coercive powers, social classes and restrictive laws – that put them in chains.  Bregman cites the famous Milgram electrical-shock experiment and other studies and incidents, arguing that they have been generally misunderstood.  He turns the fictional Lord of the Flies on its head by relating the true story of a group of six shipwrecked children who survived more than year on a deserted island by working together.  By these examples and by providing a new historical perspective of the last 200,000 years of human history, Bregman sets out to prove that we are in fact wired for cooperation rather than competition, and that our instinct to trust each other has a firm evolutionary basis going back to the beginning of Homo sapiens.  (Sources: The Guardian and Goodreads)

If you want to be included in our discussion or have questions about the Book Group or video conferencing, please contact Brian Larson.