Started on Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari.
I'm about 100 pages in and so far it's absent of what today I called Modern Exceptionalism (that we have it better now than we've ever had it....like American Exceptionalism but for this time period). Perhaps there's another [real] name for that.
ANYWAY, so far it's a good recapitulation of things I've read in Sex At Dawn, Food of the Gods, Supernatural, and Throwing Rocks at the Google Bus.
Wonderfully enough, Sam Harris has just had him on his podcast. His is episode #68 Reality and the Imagination. Definitely worth listening to and it's only an hour and a half long. There he talked about shared stories (religion, virtual reality), consciousness, automation, globalism...etc. They really get into a lot of things.