"Telling effective stories is not easy. The difficulty lies not in telling the story, but in convincing everyone else to believe it. Much of history revolves around this question: how does one convince millions of people to believe particular stories about gods, or nations, or limited liability companies? Yet when it succeeds, it gives Sapiens immense power, because it enables millions of strangers to cooperate and work towards common goals." (Location 522, Sapiens)

"Ever since the Cognitive Revolution, Sapiens have thus been living in a dual reality. On the one hand, the objective reality of rivers, trees and lions; and on the other hand, the imagined reality of gods, nations and corporations. As time went by, the imagined reality became ever more powerful, so that today the very survival of rivers, trees and lions depends on the grace of imagined entities such as the United States and Google." (Location 535, Sapiens)

We learn how essential fiction is from Harari. Let's explore this idea more fully with this video onĀ Jean Baudrillard's concerning hyper-reality. What are some of the downsides of hyper-reality? Do you find that they are exaggerated in an online environment? What about TOTJO in particular? What are some ways that we can use what we have in the doctrine to mitigate some of these effects?