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 little; 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.
Yuval Noah Harari has a PhD in history from the University of Oxford and now lectures at the Department of History, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, specializing in world history. Sapiens has been translated into 26 languages, and has already become an international bestseller in the UK, Spain, Slovenia, Taiwan, and Israel.
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More than 1 year ago
The book poses more questions than it answers, which is frustrating and makes for an abrupt ending, but it's nevertheless a great essay on why trans-humanism may be inevitable---and ultimately a good thing.
More than 1 year ago
Riveting reminder of our eternal fear of the Human Condition and all it portends
I would suppose that all humans, like myself, ponder the reality of our existence. Homo Deus and Sapiens provide an encapsulated look at our beginnings and speculation of our possible future causing the reader to question beliefs of our humanity. It is the word question I think is the greatest outcome of the book. Humans need to collectively question our reality to understand our being and our possible futures.
More than 1 year ago
Some interesting ideas but not based in science as Sapiens was. More speculative.
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