Homo Deus

Homo Deus

A Brief History of Tomorrow

Book - 2017
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Yuval Noah Harari, author of the critically-acclaimed New York Times bestseller and international phenomenon Sapiens, returns with an equally original, compelling, and provocative book, turning his focus toward humanity's future, and our quest to upgrade humans into gods.

Over the past century humankind has managed to do the impossible and rein in famine, plague, and war. This may seem hard to accept, but, as Harari explains in his trademark style--thorough, yet riveting--famine, plague and war have been transformed from incomprehensible and uncontrollable forces of nature into manageable challenges. For the first time ever, more people die from eating too much than from eating too litt≤ more people die from old age than from infectious diseases; and more people commit suicide than are killed by soldiers, terrorists and criminals put together. The average American is a thousand times more likely to die from binging at McDonalds than from being blown up by Al Qaeda.

What then will replace famine, plague, and war at the top of the human agenda? As the self-made gods of planet earth, what destinies will we set ourselves, and which quests will we undertake? Homo Deus explores the projects, dreams and nightmares that will shape the twenty-first century--from overcoming death to creating artificial life. It asks the fundamental questions: Where do we go from here? And how will we protect this fragile world from our own destructive powers? This is the next stage of evolution. This is Homo Deus.

With the same insight and clarity that made Sapiens an international hit and a New York Times bestseller, Harari maps out our future.

Publisher: New York, NY : Harper, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, 2017.
Edition: First U.S. edition.
ISBN: 9780062464316
0062464310
Branch Call Number: 303.49 HARARI Y
Characteristics: 449 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 24 cm

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Dalex_64
Sep 30, 2017

Nothing new if you're at all educated. If you're not--then a great, mind-opening book!

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hashirali
Sep 19, 2017

I think the author present a lot of established ideas across many fields as if they're his own ideas, so that bothered me. Overall, I enjoyed his style, and the most striking arguments he made were: humanism is the preeminent "religion" of our time, and humanism will be undone by it's own followers.

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MikeyCampbell
Sep 13, 2017

I have to agree with the NYT review, the author's breezy style seems to carry his arguments, but then again . . . are we really just a collection of algorithms? Is free will just an illusion? I followed his train of thought through several chapters, and in the end, I just didn't buy it. He didn't convince me that his is the only possible future. What was new and convincing to me was his argument that currently, a (non-theist) Humanism is, worldwide, our overriding belief or value system. Beyond that, he didn't sell me.

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sparrowphart
Jun 27, 2017

Absolutely one of the best books I, too, have read in quite some time. Following the history laid out here is a remarkable journey and one that I am glad I took. Building knowledge such as what is here has been tremendously helpful in my critical thinking process as to the here and now to say nothing of the future! Clear, concise, factual and layman easy to read. I truly recommend reading this history, current happenings and vision into tomorrow.

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JohnFDavidson
Apr 14, 2017

One of the best books I have ever read. A great sequel to his previous book. His arguments over free will are thought provoking.

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